We all love reggae songs and here are the best reggae songs of the 70s.  In the 70s there were a lot of reggae songs that made it into the charts. From Bob and Marcia in 1970 with Young Gifted And Black to Bill Lovelady – Reggae For It Now in 1979. Here is a list of the songs and the chart position reached. You may think some of them are not reggae songs, if you do, leave a comment below about which ones shouldn’t be here. I wasn’t sure about Police but I have seen their songs on reggae albums.



Best Reggae Songs


Bob And Marcia

Young Gifted And Black (5)

Jimmy Cliff

Wild World (8)

Desmond Dekker and the Aces

You Can Get It If You Really Want (2)

Boris Gardiner

Elizabethan Reggae (re-entry) (14)

Toots and The Maytals

Monkey Man (50)


Sweet Sensation (41)

Derrick Morgan

Moon Hop (49)

Freddie Notes and the Rudies

Montego Bay (45)


Long Shot Kick De Bucket (re-entry) (40)

Nicky Thomas

Love Of The Common People (9)


Best Reggae Songs 1971


Bob And Marcia

Pied Piper (11)

Dave And Ansil Collins

Double Barrel (1)

Monkey Spanner (7)


Let Your Yeah Be Yeah (5)

Bruce Ruffin

Rain (19)

The Tams

Hey Girl Don’t Bother Me (1)




Judge Dread

Big Six (11)

Big Seven (8)

Dandy Livingstone

Suzanne Beware Of The Devil (14)




Johnny Nash

Stir It Up (13)

I Can See Clearly Now (5)

There Are More Questions Than Answers (9)


Give And Take (35)

Bruce Ruffin

Mad About You (9)



Hot Chocolate

Brother Louie (7)

Judge Dread

Big Eight (14)

Dandy Livingstone

Big City/Think About It (26)




Ken Boothe

Everything I Own (1)

Crying Over You (11)

Eric Clapton

I Shot The Sheriff (9)

John Holt

Help Me Make It Through The Night (6)

Main Ingredient

Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely (27)

Jimmy Ruffin

What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted (re-issue) (4)

Farewell Is A Lonely Sound (re-issue) (30)

Tell Me What You Want (39)




Best Reggae Songs 1975


Susan Cadogan

Hurt So Good (4)

Love Me Baby (22)




Desmond Dekker and the Aces

Israelites (re-issue) (10)

Sing A Little Song (16)

Judge Dread

Big Ten (14)

Carl Malcolm

Fattie Bum Bum (8)

Bob Marley

No Woman No Cry (22)

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Typically Tropical

Barbados (1)

Johnny Wakelin

Black Superman (Muhammad Ali) (7)

Pete Wingfield

Eighteen With A Bullet (7)


Barry Briggs

Sideshow (3)

Johnny Wakelin

In Zaire (4)

Best Reggae Songs 1977


Althea and Donna

Uptown Top Ranking (1)

Elvis Costello

Watching The Detectives (15)


Hotel California (8)

Bob Marley

Exodus (14)

Waiting In Vain (27)

Jamming/Punky Reggae Party (9)

Jonathan Richman And The Modern Lovers

Egyptian Reggae (5)

Trinidad Oil Company

The Calendar Song (34)



Bob Marley

Is This Love (9)

Satisfy My Soul (21)


Can’t Stand Losing You (42)


Dreadlock Holiday (1)

Peter Tosh

(You Gotta Walk) Don’t Look Back (43)




Dennis Brown

Money In My Pocket (14)

Erroll Dunkley

OK Fred (11)

Eddy Grant

Living On The Front Line (11)

Janet Kay

Silly Games (2)

Bill Loveday

Reggae For It Now (12)


Roxanne (12)

Can’t Stand Losing You (re-entry) (2)

Message In A Bottle (1)

Fall Out (47)

Walking On The Moon (1)





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