The list author says: "I've been listening to reggae since my mother and step-father played a variety of Jamaica's best as we laboriously cleaned the house every Sunday morning. The irony was thick as I began to identify with the roots reggae lyrical messages (from a youth's perspective and experience). After all, what child wants to spend an entire day locked inside, cleaning the house - with all 10 of their brothers and sisters?
In any respect, I found my peace in basketball and reggae music. So, I've gathered the 10 most impressionable reggae albums - paying particular homage to both rhythms and lyrics."
"My personal favorite for reasons hard to explain but the tone is set right out of the box with the instrumental introduction. If you want to "feel" and "understand" reggae music, this live recording and choice of songs will do it."
"It may border on being iconoclastic being a new release (relative to time of review) but Stephen Marley has been behind the scenes the majority of his life - producing his siblings. This, his second album, brings you back to roots reggae with its rhythms and powerful lyrics. This album, to me (and no disrespect to the other Marley's), resembles what Bob might sound like today."
"This was his last album before passing and it seems ironic because it seems that every songs comes back to the roots reggae that originally drew me to the genre. Not to discredit everything in between, but the first (Catch a Fire) and the last (Uprising) really give you the best sample of Bob's most honest work."
"As a youth growing up, Ziggy was the most visible Marley so he was the easiest to gravitate toward. This album is simply the best combination of smooth rhythms and strong lyrics. I have a soft spot for "Lee and Molly" as it hits home and has the deepest connection to the very existence of the Marley legacy Â his grandparents."
"This collection has the most powerful songs he wrote and performed. From Stepping Razor to Legalize It, Tosh covers a lot of ground on this album. The soothing reggae beats command your subconscious disposition while the lyrics and his deep, strong voice open your eyes. An incredible collection of his work."
"This album is a collection of raw instrumentals and it hits you hard. Turn off all the lights, lower the blinds, send the wife and kids to the movies, and sit in your favorite lounge chair. Now, press play and turn up the volume and you're all set. You'll be completely unaware of your surroundings. Enjoy!"
"Hard and heavy beats with some rap style presentations could label this album as the odd ball and even criticized for making the list. But, I include it because it is a true and a well done example of how the reggae genre has grown. It's not quite roots reggae but it's not such a radical deviation that pushes it off the list. It puts all the others on the list in perspective."
"Squeezing in, sorry Jimmy, is an album that resonated the true classic reggae sound. Cliff has done some remarkable work and this collection is a great representation of some of his work (along with some others mixed in). I have a ton of his music and I understand and appreciate its place in history. Whoever doesn't have something of his on their list needs to reconsider the work Cliff has done."
"I'd place this album in the 11th spot but it gets number 10 because the album I would put here isn't available on Amazon. So, let me introduce you to my real number 10 - Stream of Consciousness by Rasta Rafiki. A local band out of West Virginia - stand out tracks are Dr. Herb, At the Dancehall, and Pushin'. Let me know if you are interested and I'll find a way to help purchase the album."