Jamaican Music

My Top 25 Songs by Gregory Isaacs, the Cool Ruler of Lover’s Rock

When the history books document the many accomplishments of Reggae Singer, Songwriter and Performer Gregory Isaacs the titled of “King of Lover’s Rock” will be one on his enduring accomplishments

Not many reggae artist of note can lay claim to have created or earned a piece of reggae music. Names such as Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, and Toots Hibbert of the Maytals fame come to mind. The late Gregory ‘Cool Ruler’ Isaacs is also a member of that elite group. He owned the ‘title ‘Mr Lover’s Rock’ in reggae. With his awesome display of love songs and his ability to connect with the soul of his audience via theses songs Gregory Isaacs with his signature ‘Lovers Rock’ was a game-changer for Reggae music. He owned lovers’ rock in Jamaican music. Many reggae singers wrote and sang love songs none where as dominant and successful with audiences worldwide as Gregory Isaacs was. Gregory may have as music critic Charles Campbell note, “rebranded, rebounded and rebuilt his career… so many times” but he always to the end remained the Cool ruler of Lovers Rock

Below are 25 of his most outstanding compositions:  (Not necessarily in this order)

25.  Tune In
24.  Mr. Brown
23.  The Border
22. Oh What a Feeling
21.  Private Beach Party
20.  Slave master
19.  Rumors
18.  Night Nurse
17.  Private Secretary
16.  Red Rose for Gregory
15.  Heart  Rose
14.  One Man Against the World
13.  Raggamuffin ft. Dennis Brown
12.  Oh…Mr. Cop
11.  Out Deh
10.  Leaving Outta Babylon
09.  Top Ten
08.  My Only Lover
07.  All I Have is Love
06.  Loving Pauper
05.  Love is Overdue
04.  Number One
03.  Soon Forward
02.  Lonely Lover
01.  Mind Yuh Dis


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About the author

Winston Stan Evan Smith

Senior Editor and North East Media Coordinator for Jamaicans.com