Jamaican Music

Our Top 50 Picks of Jamaican Ska Songs

Written by Glen Benjamin

During the year leading up to Jamaica’s 50th Independence Day on August 6, 2012, every week we’ll be compiling a list of things celebrating Jamaican foods, music, culture, people and more. We begin with our picks of the Top 50 Ska songs (not in any order). Feel free post your comments with your top Jamaican Ska songs.

Here are our picks of the Top 50 Ska songs (not in any order):

  1. Ska Ska Ska – The Skatalites
  2. My boy lollypop – Millie Small
  3. Forward March – Derrick Morgan
  4. Ball Of Fire – The Skatalites
  5. Simmer Down – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  6. The Train is Coming Baby – Ken Boothe
  7. Blazing Fire – Derrick Morgan
  8. Riding For A Fall – John Holt
  9. No Raise No Praise – Derrick Morgan
  10. Eastern Standard Time – The Skatalites
  11. Hard Man Fi Dead   – Prince Buster
  12. Occupation – The Skatalites
  13. James Bond Theme – The Skatalites
  14. Wear You To The Ball – Paragons
  15. Rudies In Court   – Prince Buster
  16. Sammy No Dead – Clancy Eccles
  17. Over The River – Justin Hinds & The Dominoes
  18. Carry Go Bring Come – Justin Hinds
  19. Baby I Love You – Carl Dawkins
  20. When I Call Your Name – Stranger Cole & Patsy
  21. Bend Down Low – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  22. I’ve Gotto Go Back home – Alton Ellis
  23. Dance Crashers – Alton Ellis
  24. Girl I’ve Got A Date   – Alton Ellis
  25. Things You Say You Love – Brent Dowe
  26. If You Knew How Much  – Phylis Diller
  27. oo7 – Desmond Decker
  28. If I Had The World – Dennis Brown
  29. Dancing Mood – Delroy Wilson
  30. Oh Carolina – Clarendonians
  31. 54-46 was my number – Toots & The Maytalsl
  32. Pressure Drop  – Toots & The Maytals
  33. Guns Of Navarone – The Skatalites
  34. Shame and Scandal – The Skatalites
  35. Ghost town – The Skatalites
  36. Earthquake – Prince Buster
  37. Dancing Mood – Delroy Wilson
  38. Juice Box – Jackie Mittoo
  39. Phoenix City – The Skatalites
  40. Life – Laurel Aitken
  41. Fever – Toots & the Maytals
  42. Corner Stone – Don Drummond
  43. Judge Not – Bob Marley
  44. Engine 54 – The Ethiopians
  45. Independence Ska – Baba Brooks band
  46. Frankenstein Ska – Byron Lee and the Dragonaires
  47. Bellevue Special (aka No More) – Don Drummond
  48. Blackhead Chinaman – Prince Buster
  49. Moon Hop – Derrick Morgan
  50. Freedom Sounds – The Skatalites

About the author

Glen Benjamin

I strongly believe there are 3 sides to every story. Telling each side is the challenge.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that – Martin Luther King