Reggae Summer of Love: our best reggae love songs

Jamaican music provides some of the best love songs in all of music. Here is our selection of 10 tracks to listen to your heart’s choice and tonight, on Webradio, a special Lover’s Rock selection is offered to you from 8 pm to 10 pm .

Alton Ellis- I still love you
The whole world knows the tune I still love you popularized by Sean Paul, but true fans of Jamaican music all know that the original was by rocksteady legend Alton Ellis. In the ultra-popular version of Sean Paul, released in 2002, the singer Sasha gives the answer to the dancehall star who prefers to multiply conquests rather than attach himself to a woman who still loves him . A tune in which the words of Alton Ellis, originally addressed to a young woman, were transferred to the mouth of a woman as Marcia Aitken or Hortense Ellis, Alton’s sister, had done before. Isn’t that how you recognize a classic? Its ability to cross the ages?

Ken Boothe- Silver Words
“Baby I’m not kidding and it’s not because I smoke, I think you’re beautiful”. Ken Boothe is one of the true Jamaican crooners, those who melt any woman with their charisma and their voice. A former master of the art of covering American standards, he explores here a hippie folk rock title by Rodriguez from 1971 to turn it four years later into a deep and moving version that we see which is more touching than the song. original…

JC Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey
Someone Loves You Honey is a syrupy title created by Joe Gibbs who recently discovered the young June Carol Lodge when he offered her to cover this song from 1978 by American Charley Pride (the Jamaican producer had great concerns that related to copyright). The song describes this unconditional love that everyone dreams of and ensures that the singer is a hit in Jamaica and Europe, especially in the Netherlands. “Whatever you do, wherever you go, remember that someone loves you more than anything my love”. Sweet words with the right to a deejay cut two years later signed Prince Mohammed, also known as George Nooks.

Freddie McGregor- Lovers Rock
Lovers rock is a style of reggae in its own right that has come a long way. Born at the end of the 60s, slightly combined with rocksteady, it was always opposed to rasta reggae. However, some Rastas artists wrote their greatest moments in the 80s. Freddie McGregor is the perfect example of this sublime rub-a-dub produced by Niney The Observer in 1981. Lovers Rock marks the most exciting time in style. A style born in rocksteady and developed over the years in England, where the public especially liked it, before returning to its Jamaican origins. “This is Lovers Rock inna JA style“Freddie is telling us!

John Holt and Dennis Brown- wild fire
What could be better than celebrating love with two of Jamaica’s greatest voices, and what’s more, two masters when it comes to love songs. John Holt and Dennis Brown really crossed their voices with wonder wild fire released on the album of the same name bringing together both artists in 1985. John Holt wrote the lyrics. This song came to me when I was in California. I was walking on the beach and saw people having sex on the street. And the lyrics came to me: “Woman your love is like a fire that spreads all over…”. A historic combination for a fiery love song!

Gregory Isaacs- Night Nurse
Singer lover par excellence with his sharp voice and his indifference, the Cool Ruler has a heartache and he calls a night nurse for help. Here we are in 1982 and Sly & Robbie offer an amazing riddim to Gregory Isaacs that will put his trembling voice out there amazingly. “I don’t want to see a doctor, I need my nurse around the clock.” We can easily imagine the special care this “nurse of love” will give to Gregory to heal him…

shinehead- Golden Touch
“Golden touch, happens every time your lips touch mine…” Golden Touch is a very particular title for Shinehead.html”>Shinehead. Somewhat because the deejay we are not used to this kind of songs. Somewhat close to rub-a-dub, hip-hop, even jungle, Shinehead. html” >Shinehead is a complete and versatile artist, but this Golden Touch far from anything he had recorded. Posted in 1986 by Love I Feel Riddim (another love song by John Holt), the track is so soft and boring that you don’t even recognize Shinehead’s voice.html”>Shinehead so warm for the occasion. This song is a cover of the softly sung 1980 by Rose Royce, an American disco group.

Bitty McLean- Walk away from Love
Released on 45 rpm on the Peckings label in 2004, Stay away from Love looks straight out of the 70s. Bitty poses with the ease of the riddim Rocksteady by Alton Ellis and uses the lyrics of a 1975 title originally created by David Ruffin, an American soul artist, signed by the famous Motown. The reggae adaptation is beautiful. It’s all there: the beat, the emotion, the power and the beauty. Accompanied by the Supersonics, Bitty pretends in this song that he wants to run away from love before his heart breaks. However, by singing like that, you risk attracting more than one…

Tarrus Riley He is royal
Artists of the new generation also know how to sing about love. And when it comes to knowing how to talk to women, Tarrus Riley isn’t mad. Jimmy Riley’s son pays tribute to the natural beauty of women and treats his beloved like a true Queen. She’s Royal is the title that reveals Tarrus to the public. Released in 2006 on the album Parables, the song took some time to reach the ears of many viewers, but it earned the title of “Most popular song of the last fifteen years” in 2009. during a ceremony organized by the Jamaican television channel CVM.

Pressure – Love and Affection
Reggae is not reserved for Jamaicans, many international artists are proof of this. In 2007, the planet discovered a new sound from St Thomas in the archipelago of the Virgin Islands, off the coast of Puerto Rico. The young Pressure.html”>Pressure hit the mark two years after his first album with a single that assured him a huge success in Jamaica. It must be said that the Yardies love songs of love and Love and Affection a particularly successful one. Producer Don Corleon, very prominent at the time but already used to dancehall, served Pressure.html”>Pressure a perfect honey a drop riddim to welcome this clear and less intense sound that seduced the whole world immediately to confirm its full potential with the album of the same name in the same year.

Without forgetting of course:

Bob Marley- Waiting in Vain

Bob Marley- Is this love?

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