best reggae wedding songs

90 Best Reggae Songs for Weddings

 

 
Reggae is one of the tried-and-true ways to get people out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. This is one of the reasons we love it. Reggae is the result of cultural fusion and post-war messaging. As a genre, it defines what we think of as “chill” in many ways.

What is Reggae Music?

Reggae music can be split into two sub-genres: reggae and dancehall. Reggae is slower-paced than ska but faster than rocksteady and Dancehall is a faster dance/pop tempo style. Some of the contemporary music styles have received an international appeal to be featured on many Global Top 40 playlists.

“Characterised by the fusion of European and African traits, with origins in enslaved work songs – created with guitar, rumba box, bongo and banjo, Mento mixed this with satirical lyrics of everyday life and verse repetition, creating a foundation from which reggae would blossom.” BBC

best reggae wedding songs

 

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Reggae Wedding Songs

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Reggae wedding song list curated by Matthew Campbell
Last Updated: May 29, 2021

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SongAmazon Link
Alaine
No Ordinary Love
2007
Alaine
Rise in Love
2007
Alaine & Tarrus Riley
Forever More
2012
Alton Ellis
La La Means I Love You
2011
Apache Indian
Boom Shack-A-Lak
1993
Barrington Levy
Here I Come
1984
Beenie Man
Romie
1996
Beenie Man
Who Am I
1997
Beenie Man & Future Fambo
Rum & Redbull
2010
Beenie Man feat. Mya
Girls Dem Sugar
2000
Beres Hammond
I Feel Good
2008
Beres Hammond
Rockaway
2001
Beres Hammond
Tempted To Touch
1990
Beres Hammond
There For You
2004
Big Mountain
Baby, I Love Your Way
1993
Bob Marley
Could You Be Loved
1980
Bob Marley
High Tide or Low Tide
1973
Bob Marley
Is This Love
1978
Bob Marley
One Love/People Get Ready
1984
Bob Marley
Stir It Up
1972
Bob Marley
Three Little Birds
1977
Bobby McFerrin
Don’t Worry, Be Happy
1988
Boris Gardiner
I Want To Wake Up With You
1986
Bounty Killer feat. Barrington Levy
Living Dangerously
1991
Chaka Demus And Pliers
Murder She Wrote
1993
Charly Black
Gyal You A Party Animal
2016
Damian Marley
Welcome to Jamrock
2005
Demarco
I Love My Life
2011
Dennis Brown
Love Has Found Its Way
1982
Dennis Brown
Sitting & Watching
1981
Diana King
Shy Guy
1995
Eddy Grant
Electric Avenue
1982
Elephant Man
Pon De River Pon De Bank
2003
Eric Donaldson
Cherry Oh Baby
1971
Estelle ft Sean Paul
Come Over
2008
Etana
Happy Heart
2011
Gregory Isaacs
All I Have Is Love
1978
Gregory Isaacs
Night Nurse
1982
Gyptian
Hold You (Hold Yuh)
2010
Harry Belafonte
Banana Boat (Day-O)
1956
Hoodcelebrityy
Walking Trophy
2018
Ini Kamoze
Here Comes The Hotstepper
1994
Inner Circle
Bad Boys
1993
J.C. Lodge
Someone Loves You Honey
1980
Jah Cure
That Girl
2015
Jimmy Cliff
I Can See Clearly Now
1993
Johnny Nash
I Can See Clearly Now
1972
Ken Boothe
Everything I Own
1974
Koffee
Toast
2019
Lloyd Brown
Real Love
1997
Maoli
Rumor
2019
Marcia Griffiths
Electric Boogie
1983
Marcia Griffiths
Melody of Life
1978
Marcia Griffiths
Truly
1978
Marcia Griffiths & DA’Ville
All My Life
2006
Maxi Priest
Close To You
1990
Maxi Priest
That Girl
1996
Men At Work
Down Under
1981
Michael Franti & Spearhead feat. Cherine Tanya Anderson
Say Hey (I Love You)
2018
Millie
My Boy Lollipop
1964
Morgan Heritage
Love You Right
2008
Mr. Vegas
I am Blessed
2012
Pressure
Love and Affection
2007
Queen ifrica
Below The Waist
2006
Reel 2 Real
I Like To Move It
1993
Rihanna
Pon de Replay
2016
Romain Virgo
Love Doctor
2010
Romain Virgo
Soul Provider
2015
Sean Paul
Get Busy
2002
Sean Paul
Like Glue
2002
Sean Paul
Temperature
2005
Sean Paul & Tove Lo
Calling On Me
2020
Sean Paul feat. Dua Lipa
No Lie
2016
Sean Paul feat. Sasha
I’m Still in Love With You
2002
Seeed
Beautiful
2014
Serani
No Games
2008
Shabba Ranks feat. Krystal
Twice My Age
1990
Shaggy
Angel
2001
Shaggy
Boombastic
1995
Singing Sweet
When I See You Smile
1992
Sister Nancy
Bam Bam
1982
Snow
Informer
1993
Snow & Friends
Anything For You
1995
SOJA feat. Chris Boomer
You and Me
2009
Stick Figure
All for You
2019
Sugar Minott
Good Thing Going
1988
Tarrus Riley
She’s Royal
2006
Terror Fabulous feat. Nadine Sutherland
Action
1994
UB40
I Can’t Help, Falling In Love With You
1993
UB40
Red Red Wine
1983
Vybz Kartel feat. Popcaan and Gaza Slim
Clarks
2010
Wayne Wonder
No Letting Go
2003
WizKid feat. H.E.R.
Smile
2020
Yellowman
I’m Getting Married
1982
Ziggy Marley
Beach In Hawaii
2006
Ziggy Marley
I Love You Too
2009

10 Popular Reggae Songs Right Now

(as downloads on Amazon)

  1. GOOD TIME – Niko Moon feat. Shaggy
  2. Go Down Deh – Spice feat. Shaggy and Sean Paul
  3. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  4. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  5. Natty Dread – Jesse Royal
  6. Iko Iko – Justin Wellington feat. Small Jam
  7. Ambition – yaksta
  8. Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley
  9. Here Comes The Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze
  10. Blessed – Buju Banton

Calypso is A Distinct Musical Genre

A clear distinction we want to make is that many times Calypso/Soca music is usually categorized as Reggae music; which it is not. Those genres originate from Caribbean islands such as Trinidad and Tobago.

“Reggae is one of the tried-and-true ways to get people out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. This is one of the reasons we love it. Reggae is the result of cultural fusion and post-war messaging. As a genre, it defines what we think of as “chill” in many ways.” National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago

Sadly, many music services like iTunes and Spotify categorize that music style as Reggae. We are referring to songs like Bunji Garlin – Differentology, Kevin Lyttle – Turn Me On, Machel Montano – Fast Wine, Rupee – Tempted to Touch, etc. They are not technically part of the Reggae genre.

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Dancehall Reggae Wedding Songs

There are other dancehall artists who receive quite a bit of airplay, but their lyrics are unsuitable for wedding playlists unless it’s a predominantly Caribbean audience. Dancehall artists such as Assassin, Busy Signal, Konshens, Mavado, Popcaan, and Vybz Kartel are popular on the dancehall scene and have sold millions of records/albums.

Reggae is all music that has a rhythm accented with an offbeat usually on the second and fourth beats of each bar. In addition, the rhythm guitar emphasizes the third beat or holds the chord on the second beat until the fourth is played. The third beat’s speed and the use of complex bass is a signature of reggae music.

Reggae formed from ska, mento, and R&B styles of music. The biggest propitiator of reggae music is Bob Marley. Bob Marley started with the musical group the Wailers promoting the image of the urban guerilla. Bob’s stardom peaked when he converted to a more soulful-pop melody sound in the early 1970s.

Special Thank You To DJ Curtis

Thank you to Jamaican DJ Curtis for helping us assemble our list. We appreciate your efforts to share your knowledge. DJ Curtis is an avid music lover who loves to share his passion. In his spare time, you can find Curtis spinning the best tunes at a local Tri-State (NY, NJ, CT), national, and international events.

Curtis has made guest appearances on several local radio stations infecting eardrums over the airwaves. His love for music and for providing top-level entertainment services has opened his clientele spectrum to include corporate and private university events. Curtis enjoys playing at milestone birthdays, weddings, retirement, proms, and other special parties. You can contact Curtis at (917) 776-8487 or jamecho[at]gmail.com.


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12 responses to “90 Best Reggae Songs For Your Wedding”

  1. Sixela says:

    Beautiful by Seeed would be a nice addition to your list.

  2. Pidok Jacob says:

    Want something smooth and sassy? I highly recommend this reggae song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtO2LEfeYKY

  3. JUSTIN M PIERCE says:

    Who’s ever heard of a reggae song being a waltz? There has never been, or could even be a reggae song written in 3/4 time, by definition of what a reggae rhythm is. I think u should rethink that description.

  4. Brosia says:

    I would add some more contemporary artist like Jah Cure and Gyptian. I’m from the Midwest but love them

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Brosia, thank you for the feedback. We will try and add more artists as you suggest on our next update.

  5. CURTIS HOWELL says:

    As a Jamaican and a DJ, I have to agree with your list. You are missing a couple contemporary songs like Tarrus Riley’s She’s Royal but a very nice mix. Other artists like Jah Cure, Etana and Alaine have released some really good wedding reggae songs as well. You are also missing one of Jamaica’s soulful artist Beres Hammond.

    • Matthew Campbell says:

      Hi Curtis. Thank you for your suggestions. Reggae is not one of my best known music styles. I will be updating this list with your suggestions!

  6. Sayoka Lewis says:

    Hello im lookinf for a nice slow song to play for the mother son dance at my wedding i am having trouble finding the perfect song do you happen to no any?

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