2016 Top 50 Reggae Songs

Kingston12's Top Fifty (50) Reggae Songs for 2016

2016 Top 50 Reggae Songs

Song Title Artist    Label

 
Rise Up (Ft. Taffari)                              Anthony B                                            Minor7Flat5
Stay With Me                                            Ashli Jade                                            HeavyBeat
Wake Me Up (Reggae Remix)          Avicii                                                       Avici Music AB
Unstoppable (ft, Akon)                          Beenie Man                                       357 Records/VPAL
One Life to Live (Dub Re-mastered)    Beres Hammond                     FM Records
Is This Love (Montmartre Remix)              Bob Marley                            Island Def Jam
On My Way Home (ft. R. Valentine)        Cali P                                           Hemp Higher/Flash Hit
Memories                                                          Chevaughn                                Frankie Music/VPAL
No Pressure                                                         Clay                                         Countrybus Music
Espionage                                                              Clay                                         Countrybus Music
Steal My Girl                                                        Da’ville                                   O Thomas
Nail Pon Cross                                                    Damian Marley                 Republic Records
High & Dry (ft. Morgan Heritage)           Easy Star All-Stars           Easy Star Records
True To My Roots                                  Freddie McGregor                      Big Ship Music/VPAL
I Only Have Eyes For You (12” Mix)        Frederica Tibbs                Derek Fevrier
Natural Vibration (ft. J. Boog)                    Gappy Ranks                      Hot Coffee Music
Ride out Your Storm                                        George Nooks                   Tad’s Record
Mama Roots (ft. J. Boog)                              The Green                              TheGreen808
Love Note                                                              Ikaya                                        VP Music Group
Sweet Love                                                           J Boog                                      Washhouse Music
Telephone Love                                                  Jah Cure                                 VP Music Group
Who’s That Sound?(ft.Beres Hammond)  Kirkledove                       VP Music Group
Cold Water (Reggae mix)                              Major Lazar                         Mad Decent
Change The World                                            Mikey Spice                         Upstairs Music
Dancehall (ft. Mr. Williams)                     The Movement                      Rootfire Cooperative
Honorable                                                           New Kingston                       OurVinyl TV
Me & You                                                       Omari Banks                         Big Banko Music/VPAL
Red Rose                                                            Pressure Busspipe               Jalpo/Busspipe
Live Your Life (ft. J Boog/Busy Signal)    Raging Fyah                       Dub Rockers
Why Can’t You Love (ft. Spawnbreezie)    Rebel Souljahz              Rebel Music
This Train                                                                     Richie Spice                    Tad’s Record
Dance (ft. Mr. Easy & Dean Fraser)              Ricky Blaze                     FME Recordings
Photograph                                                                Sadiki                                 Skinny Boy Records
Rejoice (feat. Jah9)                                                Sara Lugo                        Oneness Records
That Love (ft. Alkaline)                                        Shaggy                              K. Licious Music Group
I Got You (ft. Jovi Rockwell)                             Shaggy                              Sony Music
Days Like Dese (ft.Dexta Dapps)[2015]  Sotto Bless                      Idi Welch AKA Sotto B
Shanty Town (ft. Busy Signal)         Sugar Roy/The Fireball Crew     Fire Ball Records
Date Night                                                 Bobby Hustle                            Giddimani Records
Girl On The Side                                    Ce’Cile                                           Creative Noize Records
There She Goes (ft. Jimmy Cozier)         Gyptian                             Diamond League UPT
Hold On                                                     Randy Valentine                        Maximum Sound
One Minute                                            Dexta Daps                               Chimney/21st Hapilos
Freedom Fighter                                  Bugle                                            Live MB Music/
Keep My Kool                                        Influential                                  Hungry Mouth
True Love                                                  Luckie D                                     FM Records
Goodbye to Love (Re-mastered)     Maxi Priest                          FM Records
Don’t Know How Much                        Beres Hammond              FM Records
Smile Jamaica                                             Chronixx                               Silly Walks Discotheque
Whisper In The Wind                            Dalton Harris                      Silly Walks Discotheque

Giants Behind the Music: Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell (born Christopher Percy Gordon Blackwell) was born in Westminster, London. His father –Joseph Blackwell was an Englishman who came to Jamaica as a major in the Jamaican Regiment of the British army. His mother – Blanche Lindo was a Jamaican Jew of Costa Rican descent. Chris came from a family of wealth – his father was related to the founders of Crosse & Blackwell, a British food processing and canning company. His mother belonged to one of Jamaica’s famous sugar plantation lines who were the original owners of Appleton Rum and one of the “21 families that is said to have controlled” the island in the 20th century.
Chris spent his childhood in Jamaica and was sent to Britain to continue his education at Harrow School. At the end of high school he opted to return to Jamaica instead of attending college. He became an aid to the Governor and later decided to step out on his own.  At first he entered the real estate business, and later distribution and management of jukeboxes. This later project brought him in direct contact with both ordinary Jamaicans and the music business. It is rumored that Chris’s introduction to “deep roots music” was quite accidental.  Author Brent Hageman (2005) noted that Chris was “sailing off the Hellshire Beach in 1958 when his boat ran aground on a coral reef.
The twenty one-year-old swam to the coast and attempted to find help along the shore in searing temperatures.  Collapsing on the beach, Blackwell was said to have been rescued by Rasta fishermen who tended his wounds and restored him back to health with traditional Ital food. Hageman noted that this experience gave Blackwell a spiritual introduction to Rastafarianism and was a key to his connection to the culture and its music.”
In 1958, at the young are of 22, Blackwell formed Island Records with an initial inheritance of $10,000.  His initial business partner was Jamaican radio personality – Graeme Goodall.  Their first release was an instrumental/vocal album by a Bermudian artist name Lance Hayward. A year later Chris started recording Jamaican popular music with artist like Laurel Aitkens – producing the island’s first locally produced hit – “Boogie in my Bones”, baked with “Little Sheila”
In 1962 Chris produced 26 singles and two albums. At the end of that year he returned to England in search of better production facilities and a larger market. Among the master tapes that Chris recorded that year and took to England was one by a fifteen-year-old Jamaican female singer name Millie Small. In 1964 he brought her over to England to record a Ska version of Barbie Gaye 1956 hit – “My Boy Lollypop”. The rest is history as that song went straight to number one as the very first Jamaican-linked song to make it to the top of the British charts. This marked the beginning of Island Records as the first great independent label.
Chris later joined forces with Stanley Borden of RKO Entertainment – producing some of the greatest artists of our time – artists that has impacted our lives and the music world in ways that can hardly be measured. Among them – Bob Marley, Grace Jones, U2, Steve Winwood and the Spencer Davis Group, Lake and Palmer, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, Sly & Robbie, Robert Palmer, Jimmy Cliff, Ike & Tina Turner, Third World, Burning Spear, Black Uhuru, Melissa Etheridge and African superstars Salif Keita, Baaba Maal, King Sunny Ade and Angelique Kidjo.
Blackwell sold his stake in Island in 1989 and eventually resigning from the company in 1997.  He went on to form Palm Pictures, a media entertainment company with music, film and DVD releases. In the late 1990s, Blackwell merged Palm Pictures with Rykodisc to form RykoPalm, a new operation. That same year he purchased Netherlands-based conglomerate PolyGram. He stayed on for a few years to supervise the companies that operated under the Island label.
Simultaneously, in the early ’90s, Blackwell created Island Outpost a South Beach based hotels and resorts company that purchased and managed hotels such as the Marlin Hotel in South Beach, Miami and Jamaica’s Strawberry Hill (1992), followed closely by Bahamian Pink Sands and Compass Point and The Caves, Jake’s and Golden Eye, in Oracabessa, Jamaica. Chris currently lives in Jamaica and has made the island his base of operation for several companies. These include multiple hotel properties – Golden Eye, Strawberry Hill in St Andrew, and the Caves in Negril, Jamaica. In recent years he has had some difficulty staying away from his family’s legacy and in 2009 he introduced his own brand of fine rum “Blackwell Black Gold” to the international market.
In April 2009, the UK magazine Music Week named Blackwell the most influential figure in the last 50 years of the British music industry. When he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, they described him as the “single person most responsible for turning the world on to reggae music”.  Although others like Johnny Nash and Paul Simon have certainly played a part in introducing reggae music to the US, Chris certainly stands out as the individual who took reggae around the world.  Today at the ripe “young” age of late seventies – when most people who have made such significant contributions to our lives are ready to retire, he spends most of his time with his favorite philanthropic organizations.  Among them – the Island ACTS, the Oracabessa Foundation, the Mary Vinson Blackwell Foundation (established in honor of his late wife to whom he was married from 1998 till 2009), and the Jamaican Conservation Trust.