Nothing Says Summer Like Reggae

The rhythm of summer is present in reggae more than any other genre.
The rhythm of summer is present in reggae more than any other genre.

What does summertime mean to you? Vacations? Beaches? Bathing suits, pool parties, and sunburn? To me, it means new music is on the horizon. There’s something about summertime music that just makes you feel like nothing else matters. Every summer there’s that one song that for the rest of your life, every time you hear it, will immediately take you back to that perfect place where you didn’t have a care in the world and you couldn’t hear it enough. You may even remember the smell, the heat of the sun on your face, or the taste of those boardwalk fries that was settling into your taste buds the first time you heard it. Music is a magical thing that way; it’s able to take you back in time without physically leaving the present. We are still a little early in the year to crown any song the official Summertime Anthem, but to me, nothing says summer like reggae, so here’s a list of reggae and reggae-influenced music you should put on your summertime playlist.

Chaka Demus & Pliers
"Bam Bam”

Beenie Man
“Bookshelf”

Major Lazer
“Can’t Stop Now”

Toots & the Maytals
“Funky Kingston”

Al Brown
“Here I Am Baby”

Ziggy Marley
“Keep My Faith”

Wild Belle
“Keep You”

Matisyahu
“One Day”

Sean Paul
“Punkie”

No Doubt
“Push and Shove”

The Maytals
“Pressure Drop”

Damian Marley feat. Nas
“Road to Zion”

Bob Marley
“Soul Shakedown Party”

Major Lazer
“Watch Out for This (Bumaye)”

Ina Kamoze
“World A Music”

Originally published in June 2013

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