Take a look at the below list of Desmond Dekker Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time. In the 1960’s, Desmond Adolphus Decres (Desmond Dekker) dominated Jamaican Pop charts and turned out to be one of the country’s first recording stars to have worldwide recognition. With lyrics in Jamaican patois and his trademark falsetto, Desmond was able to produce a song, “Israelites” which became an international. In fact, the song enabled him to spread his message to a wider world population. The musician grew in Kingston, Jamaica, since his birth in 1941 or 1942. Orphaned at an earlier age, Desmond went to a rural area, but he later returned to Kingston to work as a welder. He practiced music while still in the job.
List of Desmond Dekker Top 10 Songs of All Time
10. Honor Your Father and Mother
While working as a welder, Desmond always sang on the job. That actuated his co-workers to defy him into trying out for a recording label. The first two producers turned him down, but Leslie Kong signed him to his record label in 1961. It took him around two years to record a song, “Honour You Father and Mother” which hit number one on Jamaican Charts. The song enabled him to be a celebrity in Jamaica.
Desmond’s most successful track, “Israelites,” hit the airwaves in December 1968. In 1969, the song entered the Top Ten in the United States singles chart. Dekker had written the lyrics of this lament in his head one day while in a park. Luckily, the song lyrics became an homage to the poor people in Jamaica who were still suffering even after they attained independence from Britain. The lyrics compared Jamaica’s poor with the badgered biblical era Israelites. Even though it was Dekker’s real hit in the US, it reached number one in Britain and made him a household there.
8. You Can Get It If You Really Want
“You Can Get It If You Really Want” was famously featured in the 1972 “The Harder They Come” film. Desmond released it as a single in several markets and luckily, it hit number two on the UK Singles chart. On the 1970 Year-end Chart (in the UK), the song stood at number twenty-seven.
7. It Mek
In 1969, Desmond Dekker and the Aces produced this hit, “It Mek” which also appears as “It Miek” or “An It Mek.” After its release in June 1969, the song hit number 7 on the UK Singles Chart. Dekker under his real name, Desmond Decres and the record producer, Leslie Kong, were the actual writers of this song. The recording happened in Jamaica, although the musician later added brass accompaniment in the UK. The successful track remained on the UK charts for around eleven weeks, plus it sold around one million copies worldwide.
6. 007 (Shanty Town)
Having one of Desmond’s most infectious rhythms, “007 (Shanty Town), rose to number one on Jamaican charts in the year 1967. The song also peaked at number twelve on the UK charts. In fact, it was the first Jamaican produced track to enter the Top 20 list in the UK. The powerful track also presaged Desmond Dekker’s emergence as a great international artist. Dekker stated that he wrote the song due to the social climate existing at that time.
5. King of Ska
“King of Ska” is among the tracks that make the 2014 “The King Of Ska” album excellent. The album released by Sunrise Records in the UK features other songs such as “Israelites,” “Wise Man” and the “Jamaican Ska.” The song is among the many that defined Desmond Dekker as the King of Ska. You will surely love the melodic, vocals and the bass.This is one of the Desmond Dekker Top 10 Songs of All Time.
4. Pickney Gal
Dekker (as Desmond Decres) worked with the Aces to write “Pickney Gal” and as luck would have it, it came out to be a powerful track in the industry. The song released in the year 1970 stalled number 42 on the UK charts after the publication. “Pickney Gal” is among Dekker’s songs that feature properly arranged instrumentations and believably, you will also like it.
3. Pretty Africa
If you purchased either the 1963-1968 “Rudy Got Soul” or the 2003 album “Early Beverley Sessions,” then the first thing you realized is the organic nature “Pretty Africa” adds. The song provides a more sensual experience such that you can reasonably smell the studio and feel the movement of blow over on the desk. It seems like a live song. Even though Desmond Dekker released the song many years ago, its quality still shines.
2. Music Like Dirt
“Music Like Dirt” is an “Intensified” 1968 song that Desmond Dekker and The Aces produced. The song produced by Johan “Watchtower” Persson sounds convincing including today. Even though today’s technology can recreate sound effects in a song, the human element in “Music Like Dirt” is superb, and technology cannot replicate it. By listening to the song, you will surely get different illusions.
1. Sing a Little Song
Desmond Dekker wrote the song, “Sing a Little Song” as Desmond Decres. The song ranked at number 51 on the UK charts after its release. The production is fantastic, and any producer would struggle to recreate the sound in a modern studio. Along with “Music Like Dirt,” “Israelites” and “It Miek,” the song is among the few that will make you addicted to Ska music.
Desmond Dekker additional ska songs
1. Writing Of The Wall
“Writing Of The Wall” is among the strong religious tracks that Desmond Dekker produced. The track, produced in 1998, features Dekker as the lead singer. You will love the vocals, the melodic and the bass.
2. Bongo Girl
This song, “Bongo Girl,” is a great love song that Dekker produced in his music career. I like the way how you hold and treat me right” is just part of the lyrics Dekker used to make the song. The song is unforgettable!
Dekker’s single “Israelites” released in the late 1980’s appeared in a Maxell TV advert in 1990, and as a result, it brought the artist back to the public attention. His hits were popular in many countries around the world including Jamaica, UK, and the US. He died of a heart attack in 2006.