We can not wait for "Reggae on the River" this Saturday, part of the McGrath Music on the River Series.  Weather looks gorgeous, the jams of Natty Nation will get you grooving, but why wait till Saturday to get in the spirit!Check out this Top 5 list of some of the best reggae tunes ever to familiarize yourself with before Saturday.  In the meantime, make sure you get your tickets ASAP at the U.S. Cellular Center Box Office.  If you plan on getting them at the gate, only cash will be accepted.


  • 1

    Bob Marley: No Woman, No Cry

    When it comes to Reggae, one name rings clear: Bob Marley.  Well known songs like "Stir It Up", "Three Little Birds", "Could You Be Loved," and "One Love" to name a few.  We could fill the list with his songs, but we'll keep it at just this one.

  • 2

    Jimmy Cliff: The Harder They Come

    One of the biggest names in Reggae, most people know Jimmy from his pop anthem "I Can See Clearly Now."  But he's known in the Reggae world for this much larger hit.

  • 3

    Desmond Dekker and the Aces: Israelites

    Desmond Decker was a Jamaican Ska and Reggae singer-songwriter and musician. With the help of his Aces, they had their first international reggae hit, Israelites. This versatile band wrote songs about dealing with moral, cultural and social issues in Jamaican mainstream culture.

  • 4

    Toots and the Maytals: Pressure Drop

    Another one of the best known names in reggae, Toots and the Maytals, started as a small Jamaican band trying to make it big, and Pressure Drop was their ticket to success. In 1972, Pressure Drop featured on the soundtrack of the movie “The Harder They Come” and was put on the Rolling Stone’s Greatest 500 Hits of All Time List as number 446.

  • 5

    The Abyssinians: Satta Massagana

    A three-man vocal group from Jamaica, The Abyssinians released this classic roots album 45 years ago. The songs are built upon Rastafarian religious themes and very influenced by '70s American soul/R&B. The lyrics and harmonies have a distinct gospel flavor, but the easy-listening horns and gentle bounce of the guitars conjure a dreamy island escape.