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Top Reggae Songs 2014

Top Reggae Songs 2014

Top Reggae Songs 2014

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16 reggae personalities select their top ten tunes of 2014.

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End of the year means making lists and the usual way to do is to have editors and writers selecting their favorites throughout the year. This year United Reggae decided to do it another way, so we asked artists and producers around the globe to provide us with their top ten tunes from 2014.

We received 16 lists and they include mostly reggae, but also R&B, hip-hop, pop, soca and house. It’s quite easy to find two standout tracks, and both Stephen Marley, Capleton & Sizzla’s Rock Stone and Protoje & ChronixxWho Knows are in seven of the 15 lists. Well done. Two other recurring tracks are Magic!’s Rude and Notis & Iba Mahr’s Diamond Sox.

The songs selected in each list are in no particular order and choosing ten songs can be quite hard. So we naturally gave Jah9 a break when she told us that she didn’t listen to too many new songs this year and could only come up with five. Same goes for Duane Stephenson.

And it can also be hard to tell in what year a tune has been released. It often differs from different markets and different parts of the world. So you might find a tune or two that wasn’t released in 2014, but in 2013. We didn’t care. It’s just music.

Akeunde Pemberton, producer, Jahlight Records (Trinidad & Tobago)

Protoje & Chronixx - Who Knows
Jah Cure - All of Me
Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla - Rock Stone
Midnite - Beauty for Ashes
Midnite & Lutan Fyah - When Jah Arise
Pressure - When a Door is Close
Chronixx - Clean Like a Whistle
Neto Youth & Sizzla - No One But Jah
J Prince - Serious
Blessed Messenger - Cyah Work

Alpheus, singer (UK)

Jah 9 – Avocado
Earl 16 - Juicy Black
Austin Faithful – Ain’t That Peculiar
Roy Panton & Yvonne Harrison - You said No
Magic! - Rude
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Earl 16 - Natty Farming
Everton Blender - Knowledge
Etana - Jamaican Woman
Roberto Sanchez - New day

Bost & Bim, producers, Bombist and Special Delivery (France)

Tarrus Riley - Burning Desire
Chronixx - Capture Land
The Roots & Raheem DeVaughn - Tomorrow
Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla - Rock Stone
Damon Albarn - Everyday Robots
J. Cole - G.O.M.D.
Gentleman - Superior (MTV Unplugged)
Ricky Blaze & Kranium & Shaggy - Overrated
Tairo & MarDJenal - Love & Smile
Sbtrkt - New Dorp, New York

Dameon Gayle, producer and director (Jamaica)

John Legend - All of Me
Chronixx - Here Comes Trouble
Jesse Royal - Modern Day Judas
Demarco - Good Book
Busy Signal - Bou Yah
Protoje & Chronixx - Who Knows
Tarrus Riley - My Day
Sam Smith - Stay With Me
Raging Fyah – Brave
Chronixx - Capture Land

Duane Stephenson, singer (Jamaica)

John Legend – All of Me
Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble
Jesse Royal – Modern day Judas
Tarrus Riley – Love Situation
Bunji Garlin – Differentology (Ready for the Road)

Etana, singer (Jamaica)

Magic! – Rude
Tarrus Riley - One Two Three
Micheal Jackson & Justin - Love Never Felt So Good
Elle Varner - Don't Wanna Dance
Ledisi - Pieces of Me
Lady Saw - Selfie
Queen Ifrica - Love Is Not Blind
Beyoncé & Pharell - Blow (remix)
Ed Sheeran - Thinking Out Loud
Chronixx - Like a Whistle

Frenchie, producer, Maximum Sound (UK)

Chronixx – Capture Land
Notis & Iba Mahr – Diamond Sox
Dre Island – Way Up
Chronixx & Protoje – Who Knows
Vybz Kartel & Spice – Conjugal Visit
Duane Stephenson – Jah Reign
Damian Marley – Hard Work
Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla – Rock Stone
Etana – Trigger
Gyptian – Stunta

Gappy Ranks, singer (UK)

Kranium – Lifestyle
Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud
Demarco – Good Book
Magic! – Rude
Drake – Real Quick
Kranium – Nobody Has to Know
Shy Glizzy – Awesome
Stonebwoy B & Sarkodie – Baafira
Vybz Kartel – Box Lunch
Stylus – Informa

Jah9, singer (Jamaica)

Jesse Royal – Modern Day Judas
Mr. Williamz – Ganja Palace
Pressure Busspipe – Forgive Them
Chronixx – Iyah Walk
Pentateuch - Pressure

King I-Vier, producer, Royal Order Music (U.S.)

Protoje & Chronixx - Who Knows
Stephen Marley & Sizzla & Capleton – Rock Stone
Jah Cure - Life We Live
Raging Fyah - Jah Glory
Chronixx - Capture Land
Notis & Iba Mahr & Tarrus Riley - Diamond Sox (Remix)
Aidonia - 80's Dancehall Style
Kabaka Pyramid - Never Gonna Be A Slave
J Boog - See Dem Deh
Romain Virgo - Soul Provider

Mark Myrie, producer, Markus Records (Jamaica)

Chris Brown - Loyal
Popcaan - Where We Come From
I-Octane & Gaza Slim – Can’t Do It
Mavado - My Own
Nico & Vince - Am I Wrong
I-Octane - Million Miles
Chronixx - Like a Whistle
Vybz Kartel - Nuh Play Round Wid Fyah
Ding Dong - Syvah
Magic! - Rude

Matthew Greenridge, singer (Trinidad & Tobago)

Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla – Rock Stone
Chronixx & Protoje – Who Knows
Marlon Asher – Settle Down
Jamelody – Read All About It (Emelie Sande cover)
Olatunji – Ola
Bugle & Julian Marley – Move Them
Romain Virgo – Stay With Me
Jah Cure - Life We Live
Bunji Garlin - Truck On the Road
Romain Virgo – Soul Provider

RC (Righteous Child), singer (Jamaica)

Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla – Rock Stone
Protoje & Chronixx – Who Knows
Jesse Royal – Hypocrite
Tarrus Riley – Happy
Chronixx – Ease Out
Chronixx – Smile Jamaica
Bugle – Compatible
Keznamdi – Weekend
Notis & Iba Mahr – Diamond Sox
Zagga – Destination

Perfect Giddimani, singer (Jamaica)

Maxi Priest – Gravity
Mighty Mystic – Happy
Martin Zobel & Soulrise – Keep Planting Seeds
Dada Yute – Love til the End
Guts & Patrice – Want it Back
Sizzla – Away With the Violence
Mark Wonder – Nubian Glory
Maxi Priest & Beres Hammond – Without a Woman
Ras Attitude – Please Mr. Officer
Lutan Fyah – One Dice

Taj Weekes, singer (St. Lucia)

Kygo – Sexual Healing
Jah Cure – All of Me
John Legend – All of Me
Pharell – Happy
Meghan Trainor – All About That Bass
Chronixx – Smile Jamaica
Avicii – Wake Me Up
Ricky Dawuni – African Thriller
Lenny Kravitz – I Never Want to Let You Down
François & The Atlas Mountains – Bois

Unga Barunga, drummer and producer, Notis Records (Jamaica)

Protoje & Chronixx – Who Knows
Popcaan – Everything Nice
Kranium – Nobody has to Know
Ziggy Marley – Holding Up the Fire
Jhene Aiko – Don’t Need You
Sza & Kendrick Lamar – Babylon
Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla – Rock Stone
Blue King Brown – Rize Up
Latch & Sam Smith – Disclosure
Micah Shemaiah & Infinite – Reggae Rockit

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