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Bob Marley Hits pon Hits

As you should already know, today marks the 30th anniversary of the legends passing on to a better place. Another thing we all know is his music lives on. I've decided to do a post of hits built on riddims Bob Marley had hits on just to kinda throw out a post I thought would be interesting and a different way of putting up some of my favourite Bob tunes. Selecting them from scratch is hard enoguh. Forgive me if I miss some, I'm drawing for the first 10 that come to mind.

Bob Marley "One Drop" - up there with Lord Kitchener's Sugar Bum Bum as one of the songs I had to hear as a youth going to Jamaican family functions. One of my all-time favourite songs ever.

Laid the foundations for one of Sizzla's earliest hits 'White God (most die-hard fans know him for Black Woman and Child or this). Listen to the lyrics before throwing racism around please.

Also featured on the 1995 recreation is the uplifting 'Never Give Up My Pride' by Luciano

Bob Marley "Stir It Up" - still sounds refreshing to this day. Beautifully crafted.When the bass kicks in after the electric guitars - jeez!

Utilised by Junior Kelly on the infectious 'Love So Nice'. This song was one of the biggest reggae songs of that year. Still is to this day. If I tweet "If love so nice, tell me why it hurts so bad..." someone will reply "BADUNG".

Bob Marley "Mellow Mood" - nice chilled song by Bob.

provided the backing track for one of the first songs I knew by Morgan Heritage "Bring Back Love". There's another song on the tip of my tongue, higher tempo, begins with horns, but I can't remember it. Anyway, "Bring Back Love"

Bob Marley "Waiting In Vain" - written in lust about then Miss World from Jamaica, Cindy Breakspere, who later became mother of Bob's son, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley. Absolutely adore this track.

I-Wayne anti-abortion anthem "Don't Worry" lifted from his classic debut album Lava Ground in 2005

Bob Marley "Coming In From The Cold" - rocksteady lovers from Bob Marley.

Tarrus Riley's "Love Contagious" from album of the same name, released in 2009.

Thought I'd throw this acoustic version in as a bonus. Love what he says at the beginning

Bob Marley "Jah Live" - showcasing his spiritual side. I can imagine this being written after a conversation or overhearing ignorance.

Duane Stephenson's thanks the Lord for forgiving his wrong doings on 'August Town'. Still my favourite Duane Stephenson song. Absolutely under appreciated.

Bob Marley "Burnin' and Lootin'" - relaying a story of curfew in Jamaica and rebelling.

Recognise the beginning? Well, it was sampled on 50 Cent's "Window Shopper"

Once again, bonus material

Bob Marley "Johnny Was" - great track for consoling someone that has lost a family member through violence. Even if you haven't, it is still a song you can listen to and empathise with someone that has because it is that well-written.

First single from Notorious BIG's Duets: Final Chapter album released in 2005. I hate this song, it's really bad. I like both of the originals (Biggie's "Suicidal Thoughts") but this bored me. I'm sure someone, somewhere reading this likes it, so here you go.

Bob Marley "Soul Rebel" - inspirational tune.

UK reggae singer (who will be appearing on Jools Holland this week) Gappy Ranks cut his breakout hit "Heaven In Her Eyes".

The legend U-Roy did toasting on it. If you don't know who U-Roy is, he is the man that popularised what has become rapping because as you should know that started in Jamaica.

Bob Marley "I Shot The Sheriff" - you should all know this one. Great song

This one here is Vybz Kartel's favourite song. He thinks it's Eric Clapton's though. Like many others, but this is Bob Marley's song, covered by Eric Clapton.

Couldn't do a Bob post without posting something from at least one son

Bob Marley "Exodus" - another one you should all know "Freedom of Jah people". Title track from the album he made after the attempted assassination in Jamaica.

Damian Marley "Move!" from 2005's "Welcome To Jamrock". Damian is the 2011 edition of Bob Marley.


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