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Top 10 Best Bob Marley Songs of All Time

Bob Marley’s recording career didn’t go past 1980, but the Jamaican reggae singer’s timeless love, protest, and peace songs live on. His chart-topping songs are heard on the radio and jukeboxes around the world. It may be hard to label the best. Most will agree these songs are as relevant today as when they were written. Below are our song list for the best Bob Marley songs of all time. Let us know what you think in the comments.

I Shot the Sherriff (1973)

Another widely covered Bob Marley song, it relates to police oppression in Jamaica. The song is highly identifiable with today’s tensions in society with law enforcement. In addition to being culturally and politically significant, it was also a hit for Eric Clapton.

Buffalo Soldier (1983)

One of Marley’s last recorded songs, this political anthem reflects African suppression in the United States. It is based on African-American cavalries in the late 1800s but imagines anyone fighting for their lives. The reggae classic, as poignant as its message is, simply sounds great.

Three Little Birds (1977)

“Every little thing is gonna be alright,” is the message that still applies in a tense world. The melody remains upbeat no matter how many times one listens to it. It’s been covered by reggae artists and singers from all genres of music

Could You Be Loved

A song built on the subjects of morality and judgement. Combining reggae and some aspects of disco, this is yet another timeless song.

Jamming (1980)

This is one of Marley’s more upbeat songs. This party song has appeared throughout pop culture and on many television shows. That’s fair enough; the message is about having a good time with people.

One Love (People Get Ready) (1965)

The message is one of love and bringing all different kinds of people together. An early hit, it’s still one of the most unifying songs of all time.

Is This Love (1978)

Timeless, romantic lyrics have been heard in various movies. The promise of love every day and every night rings true for anyone, all over the world.

Stir It Up (1973)

One of Marley’s most heard songs, Stir It Up couldn’t not be on this list. In fact the 1967 hit was his first success outside Jamaica and helped launch his career.

Get Up, Stand, Up (1973)

Released in 1973, the song still motivates people and makes them happy. It remains a human rights anthem and stance against prejudice and oppression. This Marley classic is probably heard at every protest, human rights event, and on every radio station.

Redemption Song (1980)

This is arguably not just Bob Marley’s most recognized song, but one of the most revered ever. Its message reflects his own mortality and emancipation from slavery. Lines about mental freedom were borrowed from Marcus Garvey. Redemption Song has been covered countless times and, despite many written before it, summarizes Marley’s legacy.

Decades later, Bob Marley’s songs remain fresh in the minds of people from all walks of life. They cover love, tension, oppression, and many subjects as present in today’s society as in the 60’s and 70’s. They are nonetheless great to listen to on any occasion.

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