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 lists from 16 different producers and artists, including Frenchie, Jah9, Duane Stephenson, Etana, Unga Barunga and Taj Weekes.
The lists include mostly reggae, but also R&B, hip-hop, pop, soca and house. Judging by the lists there are two standout tracks – Rock Stone by Stephen Marley & Capleton & Sizzla and Protoje & Chronixx’ Who Knows.
The lists also include a few surprises. Check all lists over at United Reggae and download a Spotify playlist with most of the songs here.
When reviewing 2014 the second half offered stronger releases than the initial six months. I had more than 80 songs to choose from, only counting July to December. I had to merge these with my 25 favourites from January to June. The competition was fierce and I ended up re-doing the list altogether to get a top 50 tunes in 2014.
As usual, the list is an eclectic mix of reggae and dancehall productions from all over the globe, mostly from Jamaica, Europe and the U.S., but Australia is also represented by Mista Savona’s Champion Sound riddim and New Zealand by Fat Freddy’s Drop’s Slings & Arrow. There is also a mix of old and new talents, including both newcomers and veterans.
The list below is presented in no particular order and the songs included are only singles or tracks taken from compilations. If you are curious about the songs you can download this Spotify playlist with 48 of the 50 tracks.
Artist – song title (riddim/label)
Papa Michigan & Yami Bolo – People Rise (Flash Hit Records)
Toian – Rude Boys (Class One Music)
Micah Shemaiah & Infinite – Reggae Rockit
Lutan Fyah – Rasta Won’t Fail (Jump for Joy/Splatter House Records)
Mr. Benn & Nanci Correia & Buggsy – Stand Up (Nice Up! Records)
Yung Jr – General (Bassick Records)
Gentleman’s Dub Club & Solo Banton – Unbreakable (Ranking Records)
Burro Banton – Bad Like Mi (Champion Sound/Muti Music))
Brooklyn Jungle Soundsystem – Kulture (Dubmatix remix) (Destroy All Concepts)
Lutan Fyah – Real People (Crunch Time/Dynasty Records)
Zagga – Heal the Soul (Four Seasons/Union World Music)
Gentleman & Shaggy – Warn Dem (Universal Records)
Righteous Child – Good Morning World (Penthouse Records)
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Slings & Arrows (The Drop)
Bunny General – Mek Them Rock (Jstar remix) (Nice Up! Records)
No Maddz – Shotta (Taxi Records)
Notis & Iba Mahr & Tarrus Riley – Diamond Sox (remix) (Notis Records)
Queen Ifrica – Make You Rock (Clocktower/Silly Walks Discotheque)
Blue King Brown – All Nations (Blue King Brown)
Little Roy – Disaster & Signs (Tuff Scout)
Lutan Fyah & Turbulence – Criminal (The Empire/Riddim Wise)
Toian – Kingston Town
Dre Island – Way Up (UIM Records)
Spice – So Me Like It (Notnice Records)
Spring Wata – Holding Firm (Rokwon Drop/Rokwon Productions)
DJ Vadim & Matthew McAnuff – Be Careful (remix)
Protoje – Stylin’
Clay – Shadow After Dark (Countrybus Music)
Chronixx – Capture Land (Chronixx Music)
Don Camilo & Manudigital – Champion Juggler (Brigante Records)
Kelissa & Chronixx & Kazemde – Winna (Anbessa Productions & Zinc Fence Records)
Konshens – The Journey (Irievibrations Records)
Jah Sun – Never Give Up (House of Riddim)
Raging Fyah – Jah Glory (Frankie Music)
Stephen Marley & Sizzla & Capleton – Rock Stone (Ghetto Youths International)
Bugle – Anoited
Mr. Benn & Champian – Everytime (Stars/Nice Up! Records)
Stick Figure & Collie Buddz – Smokin’ Love (Roughwood Records)
Protoje & Chronixx – Who Knows (Overstand Entertainment)
Cornell Campbell & Burro Banton – Pressure (I’m Living/Muti Music)
Loyal Flames – Go Hard (Jah Blessings/Maximum Sound)
Sound Dynamiq & Skarra Mucci – Revolution
Lukie D – Calling (Way Back/Akom Records)
Zagga – Attitude of Gratitude (Zion Train/Liv Up Records)
Lutan Fyah – Roll it Up (Village/Irievibrations)
Burro Banton – Inna Mi Legue (Penthouse/Jugglerz Records)
Busy Signal & Christopher Martin – Lock Di Endz (Weedy G Soundforce)
Randy Valentine & LionHeart – Sound the Alarm (Hemp Higher Records)
Addis Pablo – Road to Addis (JahSolidRock)
Bushman & Skarra Mucci – Pretty Looks (Pretty Looks/Flash Hit Records)