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Initial post: Sep 4, 2008 12:00:26 PM PDT
Anynomous says:
Bob Marley and the Wailers then,Sizzla Kalonji now.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2008 5:46:49 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2008 6:41:26 PM PDT
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EarlRandy says:
Plenty of people would say Marley wasn't the best. In fact, I'd bet that more Reggae fans would say that, and more non-reggae fans would say he's the best. Reggae history is full of great artists who never crossed over and had their songs played regularly on pop radio like Marley did.

Lifelong reggae fans might list Peter Tosh, Toots & Maytal, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Bunny Wailer, or others as the best ever. Non Reggae fans usually say Bob Marley because they've never really heard any other reggae artists.

My vote for recent artists goes to Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2008 12:33:45 PM PDT
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doodah man says:
Gee, I wonder who's music influenced Ziggy? musta been toots or steel pulse....

Hey, anyone remember the 1981 movie "Whose Life Is It Anyway?". There was a reggae band in the movie called themselves "The Rebel Rockers". I had always thought this was Steel Pulse using a 'movie' name, but looking at the movie credits, none of the members match up. There is one George T. Clinton credited in the movie. It's been sooo long since I saw this flick I wasn't sure if this is THE George Clinton of Parliament/Funkadelic fame.

Any info?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2008 1:11:44 PM PDT
G. Raymond says:
You nailed it - Bob Marley then, Sizzla now.
For some depth:
Roots: Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru
Dance hall: Macka B, Tony Rebel, Tippa Irie

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2008 4:09:03 PM PDT
C. Lehner says:
I'm a big reggae fan, mostly older artists. Agreed that Bob Marley and The Wailers should be listed at or near the top, but others to consider are Burning Spear, Culture, Toots & the Maytals.
Also, I like alot of the Ska & Rocksteady artists, especially Prince Buster, The Heptones, The Melodians, Paragons, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 5, 2008 5:34:47 PM PDT
I'm a serious reggae fan. And I think Bob Marley and the Wailers are the best...but there are many other reggae groups I find just as enjoyable...maybe more so cuz pop culture hasn't played the hell out of em. Most peoples' entire reggae collections consist of the Bob Marley Legend CD. As far as Ziggy goes...he has one good song, and it's called one good spliff. His brothers Stephan, Kymani (although his last album dissappointed me), and Damian are far better...if you aren't afraid of change. I also reccomend Midnite, Israel Vibration, Don Carlos, Max Romeo and the Upsetters, Steel Pulse, Groundation, Wailing Souls, Eek-a-mouse, Barrington Levy, and a local San Diego band I was lucky to hear called Stranger.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2008 1:58:36 PM PDT
Derek Keane says:
Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer were both at there best with Bob. The original Wailers trio with Family Man are the greatest reggae artist, hands down

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2008 7:31:49 PM PDT
M. Lapaire says:
Alpha Blondy and Matisyahu. Bob Marley will always be the best, but of his heirs, Damian and Stephen have the most talent. And don't forget about Sublime, they play some excellent reggae music.

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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008 8:13:31 AM PDT
Sam says:
Of course bob marley and the wailers...thats a given......This list can go forever but I enjoy seeing/listening to Halfpint,Toots&The Maytals,Mishka......all great live

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 6:27:52 PM PST
saxa says:
here is a sampling of some of the best singers and groups .. steel pulse... misty in roots...dennis brown... cornell campbell... joe higgs ...mighty diamonds... culture...alton ellis...toots and the maytalls...the heptones...barrington levy...johnny clarke ... gregory issacs...larry marshall.........check them on you tube if you want confirmation. there are many wonderful singers and groups outta jamaica...

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 6:39:25 PM PST
Miami Nights says:
Hard to choose just one, as there are many great reggae artists, many of them already listed here.
I've found that those who gush excessively about Bob Marley and the Wailers pretty much only know Bob Marley and the Wailers. Youtube is good proof of that, as you'll find many songs credited to Bob Marley that Bob Marley had nothing to do with, and sound nothing like Bob Marley. It's as if these people think, "hmmm, who sings this reggae song? Must be Bob Marley."

The Wailers were better when Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer were in the group. After they left, the "Wailers" made nothing better than what was made pre-1974. The sweet harmonies and musical edge were gone.

People need to still check out Michael Rose, as he's rather consistently been putting out some solid album, ever since he left Black Uhuru back in the 80s. And Black Uhuru's catalog with Michael Rose as lead singer are must-hears.

I won't repeat the rest that the others have mentioned, but I will bring up Peter Tosh, who's vastly underrated by Marley fanatics. It was Tosh who brought the edge to the group, and it was gone when he left. He also performed great live, adding some electronic/keyboard flourishes and such, things not present on his studio recordings.

People just need to realize that there's more to reggae than those with the last name Marley.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 9:25:50 PM PST
For me, Bob Marley, then Peter Tosh, then Third World, then Ziggy & Damien...always liked Maxi Priest's voice.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 8:31:02 PM PST
G-Money says:
Albert Griffiths and the Gladiators.
Turn up your sound system peoples, offer lamb'sbread, and enjoy the best Roots Rock Reggae! Jah Rasafari Haile Selassie!

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 9:08:33 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 28, 2009 9:09:42 PM PST
The Congos, Jimmy Cliff, Burning Spear, and Peter Tosh are my favorites.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2009 10:59:07 PM PST
Butterfly says:
Steel Pulse.

Smash Hits

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2009 11:06:36 PM PST
Mark White says:
I've always loved Bob Marley's music....but....I think Peter Tosh had just a little bit more of an 'edge' to his music than Bob did. I also like all of Bob's sons music as well as Peter's kid Andrew. Third World also another of my favorites.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 1:12:04 AM PST
S. Rice says:
King Tubby, Mad Professor, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Errol Thompson and all the dub pioneers...

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 2:51:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2009 11:32:07 AM PST
my favorites (in order)

bob marley
third world
jimmy cliff

i like peter tosh ok - but i dont think his songwriting or musicianship are as polished as bob marley

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 7:44:42 AM PST
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Hip O Critic says:
I don't know a lot about reggae but my 2 favourite reggae albums are "Kaya" Bob Marley and "Bush Doctor" Peter Tosh.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2009 8:13:30 AM PST
stevign says:
Hip O Critic:

KAYA was definitely his best album.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 11:29:48 AM PST
Nico says:
I have much love and respect for Ras Prophet Bob Marley and his music; but it was and probably will always be rock 'n rollers that dig him most. Back in the late 70's some of my Rasta friends didn't think Steel Pulse were authentic because of their English upbringing. History of course proved those friends wrong. It is not about the geography but where your heart and mind are. For me Sizzla and Capleton go toe to toe for first place, but the Sly and Robbie era Black Uhuru will always be nipping at their heels up from the past. Then, like now, have to many greats to list...

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 12:11:44 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 29, 2009 12:19:10 PM PST
lifewontwait says:
I love too many to choose a 'best,' but these are some I have consistently enjoyed through the years:

Wailing Souls
Pablo Moses
Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus
Israel Vibration
Black Uhuru
Gregory Isaacs
Peter Tosh
Judy Mowatt
The Congos
Bob Marley & the Wailers (the Peter Tosh/Bunny Wailer version)--the first Reggae I ever heard and bought.
Steel Pulse
Burning Spear
...and some love here for Tim Armstrong of Operation Ivy and Rancid, who keeps the fire burnin' in his own way.

Posted on Nov 29, 2009 1:13:02 PM PST
Not in any order:
Gregory Isaacs
The Maytones
Bob Marley
Peter Tosh
Jacob Miller
Alpha Blondy
Lucky Dube

I'm not much of a dancehall fan, but I feel these artists represent, collectively, the spectrum of reggae that most appeals to me. I'll need a little something of each if I ever needed to rescue my music collection.
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