Bob Marley’s Greatest Hits Playlist

Bob Marley’s Greatest Hits Playlist

Because of the latest hit film, “Bob Marley: One Love”, the Garnette Report has a playlist of Bob Marley’s greatest hits from his musical career! Bob Marley, born on February 6, 1945, was a Jamaican guitarist, singer, and songwriter that popularized reggae music worldwide. However, he tragically passed away on May 11, 1981. Furthermore, he became one of the pioneers for the genre. Also, he embedded messages of love and spirituality because of his involvement in the Rastafarian movement. Check out this four-song playlist from the Garnette Report.

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Three Little Birds

One of Bob Marley’s greatest hits is “Three Little Birds”. “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley and the Wailers is a classic tune that sold over one million copies in the United Kingdom. In addition, the song is part of Marley’s ninth studio album, Exodus, in 1977. The popularity of the song gain attraction in European charts such as Germany and Spain. As a matter of fact, the song’s title was disputed for quite some time from, “Don’t Worry About A Thing” to “Every Little Thing Is Gonna Be Alright”. Artists such as Maroon 5 and Connie Talbot have their own rendition of the classic masterpiece, in fact, their versions has reached high chart numbers in the United States and the UK. Back to Marley, the A-major song features electric guitar, bass, djembe drums, and keyboard to express the simple meaning of life. Check out the song here!

No Woman No Cry

Furthermore, another great hit from Marley is “No Woman, No Cry”. “No Woman, No Cry” is a track part of his 1974 seventh studio album, “Natty Dead”. The album was critically praised in the UK with over 100,000 copies sold and peaked at number 43. Then, this album is a reflection of Marley’s political and social values for Jamaica. In addition, “No Woman, No Cry” is about Marley’s memory of growing up in Trenchtown, a town in Kingston, Jamaica. But, at the same time, it is a story about the happy memories he had with friends. As a result, the song follows a gospel musical style and has the same musical instruments as “Three Little Birds”. Check out a live version of the song here!

I Shot the Sheriff

Thirdly on our list, “I Shot the Sheriff” is from Marley’s sixth studio album, Burnin’, in 1973. The album combines reggae, rock, soul, and jazz to create a melodic catalog that is about burning illusions, according to Marley himself. “I Shot the Sheriff” is about achieving justice especially against police brutality, a rampant issue in Jamacia. Furthermore, the song reached a silver certification by reaching over 200,000 copies. Check out Marly’s live version of the song here!

One Love

Lastly on our playlist, “One Love” is a track from his Exodus album in 1977. The track symbolizes unity, and the passion to unite everyone with the power of love. At the same time, the genre of this song is more in the realm of ska. Ska music is a music genre that started in Jamaica that has a more kick to its music than reggae. Reggae has a more steady, slow, and linear base for easy listeners. “One Love” is a prime example of how Marley used his Rastafarian religion into his music. For context, Rastafarian is a pan-African religious movement that combines Protestant Christianity, and mysticism, according to Britannica. Check out the song here!

Overall, Bob Marley is a reggae icon that still inspires generations of artists with his spirituality and musical journey.

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