Top Ranking Songs of 2012

Busy Signal – Come Over (Missing You)

The Beach Boys – Isn’t It Time

Rebelution and Lutan Fyah – Good Vibes

First Aid Kit – Emmylou

Sean Paul – She Doesn’t Mind

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

Busy Signal and Damian “Junior Gong” Marley – Kingston Town (Remix)

Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites

YT and Mungo’s Hi-Fi – World News

Chali 2na Fish and Slightly Stoopid – Just Thinking

Rebelution and John Popper – Closer I Get

Andrew Bird – When the Helicopters Come

Jah9 – New Name

Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard – A Horse Called Music

Damian Marley – Affairs of the Heart

Galactic and Mystikal – Move Fast

Courtney John – So Beautiful

The Avett Brothers – February Seven

Beres Hammond – Keeping It Real

Slightly Stoopid – I’m On Fire

Busy Signal – Modern Day Slavery

Willie Nelson – Just Breathe

Cypress Hill, Rusko, and Damian Marley – Can’t Keep Me Down

Rick Ross – 100 Black Coffins

Yami Bolo – It’s A Revolution

Bruce Springsteen – We Take Care Of Our Own

Richie Spice – My Heart

M83 – Midnight City

Collie Buddz – Ganja Pipe

The Avett Brothers – Life

Morgan Heritage – The Return

Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)

SOJA – Not Done Yet

Andrew Bird – If I Needed You

Busy Signal – 119

Bruce Springsteen – Death to My Hometown

Jah Cure and Mavado – Like I See It

Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait

Jimmy Cliff – One More

Willie Nelson – The Scientist

Richie Spice – Downside Up

The Tallest Man on Earth – 1904

Leftside – High (Friday Version)

Slightly Stoopid – We Don’t Wanna Go

Anthony Hamilton – Freedom

Chronixx – Warrior

Skrillex and Sirah – Bangarang

Busy Signal – Dream Dream

Andrew Bird – Eyeoneye

Etana – 4 Play 2 Love (Start Over)

Die Antwoord – Zefside Zol

Busy Signal – Wicked Man

The Beach Boys – Think About The Days

SOJA – Gone Today

Goyte – Somebody That I Used To Know

Slightly Stoopid – Serious Man

Galactic – Ash Wednesday Sunrise

Beres Hammond – Dancing Beauty

The Avett Brothers – Winter in my Heart

Protoje – Who Dem A Program

Bruce Springsteen – Rocky Ground

Sean Paul – Caught

Fun. and Janelle Monae – We Are Young

Courtney John – Run To You

Cyril Neville, Ian Neville, and Galactic – Out in the Street

Damian Marley and Skrillex – Make It Bun Dem

Cypress Hill and Rusko – Shots Go Off

Tarrus Riley – She’s Royal (Acoustic Version)

The Avett Brothers – A Fathers First Spring

Gyptian – Overtime

Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson, and Snoop Dogg – Roll Me Up

Red Rose – Hello California

Mumford and Sons – Ghosts That We Know

Barrington Levy and Slightly Stoopid – Ur Love

Flo Rida – Whistle

Mavado & Chi Ching – Settle Down, Part 2

Fun. – Some Nights

Iba Mahr – Sound a Alarm

Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball

Courtney John – Like Magic

Laura Gibson – The Fire

Wowski – Everything Seal

KIPP Renaissance School Marching Band and Galactic – Karate

Tarrus Riley – Lovers Leap

The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made the Radio

Sean Paul – Tallest 

Bob Dylan – Tempest

Jimmy Cliff – Guns of Brixton

Bruce Springsteen – Shackled and Drawn

Busy Signal – Reggae Music Again

Mumford and Sons – Babel

Chino – Boom Draw

Bassnectar & Angel Haze – Freestyle

Tarrus Riley – Not Missing You

Die Antwoord – Baby’s On Fire

T.O.K. – Dem Wonder

Ellie Goulding – Lights

Etana – Reggae

Bruce Springsteen – This Depression

Mojo Morgan, Steel Pulse, and Easy Star All-Stars – The Girl Is Mine

Drake – The Motto

Bugle – Tell Me

Bassnectar and Lupe Fiasco – Vava Voom

Popcaan – Only Man She Want

Willie Nelson and Lukas Nelson – No Place to Fly

Jimmy Cliff – Ruby Soho

John Legend – Who Did That To You?

Busy Signal and Esco Levi – Running From the Law

Rebelution – Route Around

Big Gigantic – Nocturnal

Don Carlos and Slightly Stoopid – Marijuana

Bruce Springsteen – You’ve Got It

Collie Buddz – Won’t Be Long

Laura Gibson – Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed

Busy Signal – Comfort Zone (Acoustic Remix)

Willie Nelson, Ray Price, and Lukas Nelson – Cold War With You

Slightly Stoopid – Deal With Rhythm

Skrillex and Sirah – Kyoto

Rebelution – Calling Me Out

Psy – Gangman Style

Mega Banton – Jamaican Badman Style

Richie Spice – Trulove

Bruce Springsteen – Jack of All Trades

Jimmy Cliff – Ship Is Sailing

The Beach Boys – Beaches in Mind

SOJA – Mentality

Laura Gibson – La Grande

Romain Virgo – I Know Better

Skrillex and Ellie Goulding – Summit

Lady G – Herbie

Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe

Christopher Martin – If I Were A Carpenter

Rebelution – Sky is the Limit

Christopher Martin – If I Were A Carpenter

The Beach Boys – The Private Life of Bill and Sue

Bramma – Bad

Sizzla – Pretty Girl  

Top Ranking Songs of 2012

The Top Albums of October 2009

Never Give Up” with Screw Driverand Inner Circle is one of those uplifting songs that inspires and makes you want to take on all comers. It has the punch and message of the Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come.” This song is my new motto: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” Inner Circle’s State Of Da World deserves the attention of the world. This new album includes collaborations with reggae megastars Junior ReidGramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Bushman and Luciano.  Slightly Stoopid appears on “Mary Collie Weed” and Damian Marley and  Stephen Marley make guest appearances on “Smoke Gets In My Eyes.”

Texas musicians James McMurtryLyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen all released new albums this month. McMurty’s Live In Europe features rocking versions of “Ruby And Carlos” and “Just Us Kids.” Lyle Lovett‘s Natural Forces has a beautiful cover of Townes Van Zandt‘sLoretta.” And Robert Earl Keen has a Townes Van Zandt tune “Flyin’ Shoes” on his new album The Rose Hotel. The single “The Rose Hotel” is free and loose and classic Robert Earl.

On the rap/hip-hop scene Wu-Tang Clan Alumni Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released new albums. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part II features killer solo tracks like “Ason Jones.” Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah guest on “House Of Flying Daggers” and on “The New Wu.” Old School maestro Slick Rick joins Raekwon, GZA, and Masta Killa onWe Will Rob You.”  And new school rapper Lyfe Jennings appears on the track “Catalina.” Ghostface Killah’s album Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City includes the notable tracks “Baby,” “Back Like That (Remix),” and “Do Over.” Also on the rap scene A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip released Kamaal The Abstract with the jazzy single “Even If It Is So.”

Greensleeves released two solid reggae compilations this month: The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 and The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009. Great songs on this year’s one drop anthems include Beres Hammond’s Can’t Say I Never Tried” and Marcia Griffith and Busy Signal’s Automatic (Keeping It Real). The outstanding track is Romain Virgo’s tribute to the legendary Alton Ellis entitledAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree.” Also Peetah and Assassin’sHot A Road,” Mr. Williamz’s No Cigarette” and Ziggi’sGonna Leave You” make this easy-going reggae collection worth the listen.

On the dancehall side of things with The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 Black Ryno’sBend Over” and Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu’sVirginity” induce the booty shaking while the catchy “Never Change (From Mawning)” by Chino will have you singing along. This newest addition to the dancehall anthems collection stocks up on heavy hitting dancehall singjays like Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Jah Vinci, Laden, and Konshens.

  1. Inner CircleState Of Da World [Shanachie 2009]
  2. James McMurtry Live In Europe [Lightning Rod 2009]
  3. Lyle LovettNatural Forces [Curb/Lost Highway 2009]
  4. Monsters of FolkMonsters Of Folk [Shangri-La 2009]
  5. Various Artists The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  6. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 [EMI 2009]
  7. Robert Earl KeenThe Rose Hotel [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsJah Live Riddim [Joe Frasier 2009]
  9. International Observer Felt [Dubmission 2009]
  10. Roseanne CashThe List [Manhattan 2009]
  11. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 4 [Penthouse 2009]
  12. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcae Volume 5 [Penthouse 2009]
  13. Kiddus IGreen Fa Life [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  14. Breakestra Dusk Till’ Dawn [Strut Records 2009]
  15. Danny MaloneCuddlebug [Township Records 2009]
  16. Kid CudiMan On The Moon: The End Of Day [Dream On/G.O.O.D./Universal Motown 2009]
  17. The XX xx [Young Turks 2009]
  18. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  19. MuseThe Resistance [Warner Brothers 2009]
  20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  21. Various Artists5: Five Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub 2009]
  22. Gossip Music For Men [Columbia 2009]
  23. The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [Columbia 2009]
  24. Chuck FendaFulfillment [VP Records 2009]
  25. Omar Perry –  Can’t Stop Us [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  26. Tribal SeedsThe Harvest [Tribal Seeds 2009]
  27. Toddla TSkanky Skanky [1965 2009]
  28. Masta Ace & Edo GArts & Entertainment [Traffic 2009]
  29. Mark Stuart and the Bastard SonsBend In The Road [Dualtone 2009]
  30. Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract [Jive 2009]
  31. Doveman –  The Conformist [Brassland Records 2009]
  32. DawesNorth Hills [ATO 2009]
  33. Kris KristoffersonCloser To The Bone [New West 2009]
  34. Mark KnopflerGet Lucky [Rerprise 2009]
  35. Takana ZionRappel à l’ordre [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
The Top Albums of October 2009