Take a look at the below list of Bob Marley Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. Almost everyone in the world knows that Bob Marley is the most transcendent artist of all time. Bob Marley successfully changed the face of reggae and encouraged both musicians and ordinary people to live a life that values enlightenment. Bob is the face of reggae, with his smooth tracks being a present force in life. Bob sang with his band called the Wailers, which composed of Bunny Wailer and Peter Tosh. The legend remains to be an inspirational and moving musician, with his call for social justice inspiring many people around the world. Marley has lots of great hits, but we have only sampled ten of the finest, in his tribute.
List of Top 10 songs by Bob Marley of all time
10. ‘Easy Skanking.’
The song is the first one in the ‘Kaya’ album, done by Bob Marley and another group called the ‘Wailers.’ The track released in the year 1978, and it celebrates ‘skanking’, a dance in Jamaica that is associated with reggae and ska music. ‘Easy Skanking’ sets a smooth and pleasant tone for the album, making the track a nice one to relax and kick back with it. ‘Excuse me while I light my spliff.’ ‘That’s why I am staying with this riff.’ ‘Take it easy, easy skanking.’
9. ‘Stir It Up.’
‘Stir It Up’ is a track written by Bob Marley for his wife, with the band recording an initial demonstration of the track in 1967. However, the record is not released until 1973, when the ‘Catch a Fire’ album is finally out. The track is also recorded by Nash Jonny in his album titled ‘I Can See Clearly Now’ in 1972, and the singer also released the same song. ‘Stir it up, little darling stir it up.’ ‘It’s been a long time, yeah, stir it up.’
8. ‘Waiting in Vain.’
‘Waiting in Vain’ is a track contained in the ‘Exodus’ album that released in 1977 by the Wailers and Bob Marley, and features some bubbly reggae beats, blended with a pop rock sound. The track talks about searching for love without reciprocation, and it released as a single, with a side B known as ‘Roots’ from the “Rastaman Vibrations.” That side B is the only one that fails to feature on either of the band’s albums.
7. ‘Satisfy My Soul.’
‘Satisfy My Soul’ is a track on the ‘Kaya’ album, released in 1978. Many fans believe that the track is the best love song that Bob Marley ever recorded with the Wailers. The track has a smooth sound that mixes with incredible lyrics to speak to the listener about the comfort that emanates from true love. ‘When I meet you around the corner.’ ‘Oh, I said, baby never let me be a loner.’ ‘And then you hold me tight, you make me feel all right.’ ‘You satisfy my soul.’
6. ‘Get Up, Stand Up.’
‘Get Up, Stand Up’ features on the ‘Burnin’ album, released in 1973. The song has its unique legacy: it is the last track that Bob and the Wailers performed at a live concert. The track was always played as the last one in any concert, but nobody ever thought that it would be the last that Marley would perform, before his untimely demise. The track is inspired by high poverty levels in Haiti, and that is what drives the group to mobilize people to fight for their rights.
5. ‘Soul Rebel.’
The track is number one on the ‘Soul Rebels’ album, released in 1970. The album was the first one for the ‘Wailers’ and Bob Marley outside Jamaica. The track boasts of being one of the first compositions between Lee Scratch Perry who is a legendary producer, and Bob Marley. The record is the finest reggae track ever composed until today. ‘I’m a soul rebel, soul rebel.’ ‘I’m a capturer, soul adventurer.’ ‘If you’re not happy, children.’ ‘Then you must be blue.’
‘Exodus’ is the title track for the ‘Exodus’ album released in 1977. The record makes history as the first international hit by the two groups. The song connects the bible story about Moses to the hope that Rastas have that one day Jah will lead them to freedom, being a strong statement to social equity and racial equality. The track has backing vocals that give the record a communal flavor prevalent in religious music applied on top of a reggae track. This is one of the Bob Marley Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
3. ‘Three Little Birds.’
‘Three Little Birds’ released in 1977 off the ‘Exodus’ album. However, the track was released as a single around the year 1980 with another classic track titled ‘Could You Be Loved’ as a section B. The song originates from Bob Marley’s love for the birds, and the freedom and peace that the birds signify. However, some people argue that the track is inspired by three lady singers who make music with the 1 Three band. The track is a global anthem and has been covered by other bands.
2. ‘Buffalo Soldier.’
‘Buffalo Soldier’ is one of the last songs done by the group is ‘Buffalo Soldier.’ However, the record was never released until 1983, when a confrontation arose after Bob Marley’s death. The track criticizes racial inequality by taking the cavalry units of African Americans, which are also known as ‘Buffalo Soldiers,’ casting them as warriors for the race’s freedom. After many intervening years, the track remains moving and powerful.
1. ‘Redemption Song.’
The track is the last one on the album called ‘Uprising,’ released in 1980. The track is unique from the rest in that an acoustic record, and Bob is the only person who records the same. Marley writes the track at almost the same time when he develops cancer in his toe, which makes him come to terms with mortality. The track features a speech by Garvey Marcus. The song is a spiritual and personal recording that urges people to resist oppression.
Bob Marley Last Song of All Time
In his last track, Bob Marley sang about the danger that exists in the world. ‘There’s a natural mystic, blowing through the air.’ ‘If you listen carefully now you will hear.’ ‘This could be the first trumpet.’ ‘Many more will have to suffer.’ ‘Many more will have to die.’ ‘Don’t ask me why.’
Bob Marley is a reggae legend, and his legacy lives forever. You may be dead, but you remain alive in our hearts forever. We loved you Bob Marley, and we still do, rest in peace till we meet again. May the almighty Jah find a peaceful place to rest your soul Rastafari, wagwan.