Top 50 reggae tunes 2013

I’m loving this time of the year. It’s the time when I get to go through all the great releases from the past twelve months. First out is a list focusing on the 50 best singles and one riddim album cuts released over the year.

And just as last year, it has been a huge amount of wicked songs and the list showcases several different styles ranging from reggae and dancehall to dubstep, dub, steppers and rocksteady.

Bästa 2013 III

Just as previous years the list features mostly artists from Jamaica, while the producers hail from Europe, the U.S. and Jamaica. What makes this year’s list a bit different though is that no track from the always reliable Tarrus Riley is included. No particular reason why, and I guess he just didn’t release as much as he usually does.

When browsing the list you’ll notice that there are several songs from UK singer Randy Valentine. A hot new artist that has a bright future ahead of him.

On the production side Frenchie from Maximum Sound is as usual one of the most reliable and consistent producers and all of his riddims from 2013 are included in the list.

Female singers are few and far between. It’s a pity, but it’s sadly how the reggae industry looks like. A one riddim album usually has about ten tracks, and of these one, or at most two, are by female artists. This has been the case for years, and nothing indicates a change in the near future.

The list is in no particular order and almost all of the tracks are easily available on digital platforms and if you’re curious about the songs you can check this playlist on Spotify. Enjoy!

Artist – song title (riddim/label)
Stylo G & Sister Nancy – Badd (Stalag/3Beat Productions)
Chino & Di Genius – Roots Sound (Di Genius)
Brother Culture – Life (Dancing Machine/Evidence Music)
Keida – Stand for Something (Royal Order Music)
Randy Valentine & Addis Pablo – Rat Race Dub (Unfair Games/Hemp Higher)
Shuga – Give My Soul to Jah (Street of Gold/Penthouse)
Christopher Martin – Just Like You (Daddy a Mi General) (Intransit/Notice Productions)
Mr Easy – The Don (FME Recordings)
Dre Island – Find Dem Flew (Find Dem Flew/Jam2 Productions)
Randy Valentine – Be a Rebel (Reggae Jam/House of Riddim)
Voicemail – Stronger (37 Psalms/Seanizzle Records)
Chino – Larger Than Life (Going Home/Larger Than Life Records)
Sizzla – I’m Living (Muti Music)
Luciano & Louie Culture – Reload (Disciples Remix) (Reload/Silly Walks Discotheque)
Sizzla & Vida Sunshyne – The Formula (The Formula/Muti Music)
Josie Wales – Roll Like Lion (Roots Garden Records)
Shy FX & Liam Baily – Soon Come (DSB Music)
Unga Barunga & Ras Penco & Iba Mahr – Sound the Trumpet (Notice Productions)
Kranium – Nobody Has to Know (Frequent Flyer Records)
Jesse Royal – Preying on the Weak (Militancy/Overstand Entertainment)
Ward 21 & Marcy Chin & DeeWunn – Mic Magician (Germaica Digital)
Mad Cobra – Nuh Other Way (Block Party/Chimney Records)
Green Lion Crew & Kabaka Pyramid & Chronixx & Dre Island – Rasta Road (Remix) (Rough Road/Soul of the Lion)
The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra & Bitty McLean – Fu Man Chu (Axe Attack)
Queen Ifrica – Corrupt System (Diamonds & Gold/DJ Frass Records)
Sean Paul & Damian Marley – Riot (Ghetto Youths International)
Stitchie – War Path (Flash Hit Records)
Suga Banton – Them Nuh Know This (War/Weedy G Soundforce)
Jah Sun – Everyday of the Week (Bombist Records)
New Kingston – Life (Ineffable Records)
Soom T – Our World (Renegade Masters Records)
Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble (Rootsman/Overstand Entertainment)
Micah Shemaiah feat. TJ (Likkle Briggie) & Hempress Sativa & Jahkime & Infinite – Dread at the Control (E.D.B Entertainment)
Lion D & Skarra Mucci – Nuh Ramp (Bizzari Records)
Jah Sun & Kabaka Pyramid – Foundation (More Love Productions)
Ninjaman – Ninja Mi Ninja (DownSound Records)
Mr. Vegas & Major Mackerel & Natel – Flash Up Unu Lighta (Tin Mackerel/Maximum Sound)
Chronixx feat. Sizzla, Protoje & Kabaka Pyramid – Selassie Souljahz (Royal Order Music)
Randy Valentine – Victory (Number One Station/Maximum Sound)
Major Lazer & Busy Signal – Watch Out For This (Because Music)
Dreadsquad & El Fata – Dancehall Melody (Digital Rules/Superfly Studio Records)
Lukie D – High (Mightiest/Maximum Sound)
Richie Stephens & U Roy – Real Reggae Music (Kingstone Music)
Sizzla – Precaution (Washington D.C./Bread Back Productions)
Stylo G – Soundbwoy (3Beat Productions)
Trinity & Barrington Levy – Genocide (Murda Dem/Irie Ites)
Digitaldubs & Brother Culture – Holding Down a Vibe (Muzamba Records)
Makiko – High Stepper (176sound Records)
Randy Valentine – Girls Alone (Shack/Bassrunner Records)
Agent Sasco – Universal Language (Xleration/Germaica Digital)


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6 responses to “Top 50 reggae tunes 2013

  1. Henrik

    Nice list. In my top 25 I have one Tarrus Riley track!

    Thanks for a great blog!

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