Superproducer Diplo offers up his ultimate Jamaican-tinged jams.
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PLAYLIST: Reggae Rager
1. The Clash, “Guns of Brixton”
The Clash have always portrayed a strong reggae influence in their songs, a reflection of the band’s South London heritage.
2. Major Lazer, “Get Free”
A moving portrait of post-Katrina New Orleans, bolstered by an equally moving “day in the life” video shot in Kingston, Jamaica.
3. Destra Garcia & Machel Montano, “It’s Carnival”
The name says it all: This is what Trinidad Carnival is all about!
4. Shabba, “Mr. Loverman”
Shabba’s biggest single to date.
5. The Police, “Don’t Stand So Close to Me”
After shooting straight to No. 1 in the U.K., this track went on to be the best-selling single of that year, eventually winning a Grammy.
6. Major Lazer, “Jah No Partial”
A youthful rallying cry, sampling reggae master Johnny Osbourne’s “Mr Marshall.”
7. Toots and the Maytals, “54-46 Was My Number”
Originally one of the best-known ska groups, they’re considered legends of reggae music.
8. The Wailers, “Simmer Down”
The first single released by the Wailers, immediately shooting straight to No. 1 in Jamaica.
9. Damian Marley, “Welcome to Jamrock”
Damian is the youngest son of Bob Marley, and he’s won three Grammys!
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