Best Sing Along Songs for Fireside Jammin’

A day at the beach, capped off by a night spent around the fire with good music and great friends is a great way to cap off a day. With nighttime fun around the fire on our brains, we’ve created a list of the best sing along songs for you and your friends to jam on your Bag of Rhythm portable audio system. Download the tunes, get some firewood, warm up that angelic singing voice and prepare yourself for a night full of the best sing along songs.

Bob Marley – “No Woman No Cry”


Our list starts off with our namesake’s classic “No Woman No Cry.” Let your voices ring out with your portable audio system providing the backing track and remind everyone that “Everything’s gonna be alright.”

Harry Belafonte – “Day O (Banana Boat Song)”


Before Lil Wayne sampled this song for “6 Foot 7 Foot,” “Day O (Banana Boat Song)” was made popular by the “King of Calypso” Harry Belafonte. Yet, the song’s roots come from a traditional Jamaican folk song, one that will sound great echoing out of the Bag of Rhythm portable audio system.

Sublime – “Santeria”


“Santeria” may be the newest entry into our playlist of the best sing along songs, but it captured the reggae feel that appeals to Marley fans and established Sublime as the one of heirs to the reggae-rock throne. The late Bradley Nowell inflected this song with his trademark humor and made it the perfect song for both good and bad times.

Jimmy Cliff – “The Harder They Come”


Bob Marley’s fellow countryman Jimmy Cliff is well known for his role in the film The Harder They Come. The singer’s mammoth hit of the same name propelled Cliff to stardom and has since become one of the most memorable reggae songs to ever be written. One of the best sing along songs for any occasion.

Otis Redding – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”


Wind down the night with one of the best sing along songs from the late, great Otis Redding. Released after his death in a plane crash in 1967, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” has memorable lyrics that are perfect for group singing and wastin’ time with the ones you love.

Punky Reggae Party: The Best Songs To Skate To

So you don’t have a skating mixtape? Here, the House of Marley has compiled a playlist of five of the best songs to skate to, whether you’re bombing a hill or just picking up a deck for the first time.

No matter what your style, experience level, or age, sometimes music is just as big an element to skating as the deck and wheels themselves. Download our list of the best songs to skate to, throw in some of your favorites and get out on your own four wheels.

Bob Marley – “Punky Reggae Party”

In “Punky Reggae Party,” the first track on our list of the best songs to skate to, the House of Marley’s namesake sings about how music brought together punks and Rastas. Similarly, skateboarding has always connected kids of different backgrounds and inspired them to push the limits with one another. Oh, and it’s also awesome to just cruise too.

Agent Orange – “Bloodstains”

The dark and brooding “Bloodstains” is a blast of California hardcore punk from the ‘80s that screams “Skate or Die!” Perfect for skating a city, if you have this song blaring on your House of Marley over-the-ears headphones you will be 1000% guaranteed to push faster, skate harder and take all your bails with a huge smile on your face.

Lupe Fiasco – “Kick, Push”

It’s a surprise that no one has used Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick, Push” as the soundtrack to their epic tech skate video segment. Perfect for a skater with the right flow, “Kick, Push” is the ultimate jam for a skater with tons bench/ledge tricks and a bunch of killer manual variations.

Jimi Hendrix – “Ezy Ryder”

Choosing the Hendrix classic “Ezy Ryder” as one of the best songs to skate to comes courtesy of one of the most stylish skate crews ever, the Dogtown and Z-Boys. Providing the background music for a revolution, “Ezy Rider” was one of the tracks that pushed Tony Alva, Jay Adams and Stacy Peralta to make skating a beautiful piece of artwork.

Misfits – “Skulls”

The Misfits Crimson Skull logo is just as synonymous with skating as any skate company logo. “Skulls,” from the band’s debut Walk Among Us, speaks to the enduring qualities that make any Misfits song instantly skatable; it’s fast, it’s short, and it’s brutal.

Jam These Bob Marley Covers On Our New “Get Up Stand Up” Home Audio System

When deciding what to name the new House of Marley home audio system, which is now available to fans in select countries, we had a relatively short list of song candidates. “Get Up Stand Up” quickly topped that list. Written by Bob Marley and his Wailer bandmate Peter Tosh, “Get Up Stand Up” is known as one of Marley’s signature songs and appeared on the 1973 record, Burnin’. The cultural relevance of the song runs deep and has persevered as one of the most popular Bob Marley covers by new artists.

From hip-hop and reggae to classic rockers and major pop stars, it’s no surprise that Bob Marley covers show up in all shapes and sizes. Often utilized as a mantra for protest, “Get Up Stand Up” has been proclaimed in songs by Guru, Common and Public Enemy. In the classic mid-90s hip-hop track, “Jayou,” Jurassic 5 don’t exactly perform a traditional Bob Marley cover, but rather sample the melody via a recurring woodwind loop.

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Elsewhere, there are more traditional Bob Marley covers of “Get Up Stand Up” throughout the past four decades. The Rolling Stones, who formed as an R&B band, later took a reggae turn in the late ‘70s when Marley’s popularity soared. On their Bigger Bang tour in 2005, The Stones paid homage to their hero with a spot-on cover of “Get Up Stand Up.” The recent queen of Bob Marley covers, Rihanna, has also chalked up a new version of the 1973 classic on a recent mixtape.

Listening to “Get Up Stand Up” isn’t just like listening to any other song. It’s an experience. The Marley sound will have you up and out of your seat and when pumped through the House of Marley’s Get Up Stand Up home audio system, it will have you ready for a revolution. Check out these Bob Marley covers we’ve collected below on your brand new Get Up Stand Up and prepare for a funky reggae party.

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Nice Time: Cedella Marley Interview

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Since there’s only a week left in the Nice Time Contest, the House of Marley wanted to take a moment to get better acquainted with the talented woman affectionately known as Nice Time: Cedella Marley.

As Bob Marley’s second child, Cedella was given the nickname “Nice Time” by her legendary father, who subsequently wrote a song about her with the same title. Today, Cedella is CEO of Tuff Gong International, a renowned fashion designer (you may have seen her wares on the Jamaican Olympic team this summer), children’s author, musician, and proud member of the Marley family.

Check out our interview with Cedella Marley and get to know Nice Time for yourself.

What does Marley mean in 2012?

This was a very special year with the debut of the documentary. We are all very proud to be able to share our dad with the world. As a family, we have some great projects on the horizon, so the remainder of the year will be a good one.

The Marley legacy is so far-reaching. Where are some of the most memorable places you’ve experienced it?

I am constantly amazed at the reach and impact my father’s music has made around the globe. His music is timeless. It’s universal to all ages, all walks of life.

Do you have any favorite lyrics of your father’s?

They all hold a special place in my daily life. Right now I am feeling the lyrics of “Positive Vibration” as I always like to stay focused on moving forward and staying positive.

How old were you when your father started calling you “Nice Time”? Which came first, the nickname or the song?

He had been calling me Nice Team since birth. I’m pretty sure the name came first, then the song.

When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer?

I have always loved fashion. Both my mother and father have made a huge impact on my work as a designer. To me and to many other people in the world, their style is iconic.

Where did you draw inspiration from when designing for the Jamaican Olympic team?

For the Olympic collection, I drew inspiration from the colors and vibes of Jamaica, vintage military cuts and, of course, Grace Jones. I felt that the fits worked well with the physics of the athletes, and the colors clearly represented our country and our ability to heat up the track.

Regarding your series of children’s books, how did you decide you wanted to bring your father’s message to this generation of youth?

That’s the beauty of my father’s message: it works for all ages. I am a mother of three, and I see how a positive message can impact their lives and their interactions with others. His positivity has been felt around the world, by all ages for decades. This was his greatest gift.

Visit the House of Marley’s Facebook page for a chance to win Stir It Up on-ear headphones signed by Cedella Marley

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Nice Time Contest: Win a Pair of Headphones Signed by Cedella Marley

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Can you imagine getting your nickname from Bob Marley? Or having a song written for you by the reggae legend? For just about all of us, these are honors we’ve never known, but for Marley’s daughter Cedella, these are just a couple tributes paid to her by her iconic father. The nickname (and subsequent song), “Nice Time” was bestowed upon Cedella by her dad, and now she wants to hear your version of the song she holds so dear.

To enter the Nice Time Contest, visit the House of Marley Facebook page and click the contest WIN tab, and upload your own video cover of Bob Marley’s “Nice Time.” Contest ends Friday, September 21 at 5pm, est. Cedella Marley will choose her favorite and announce the winner on Monday, September 24 on her Facebook page. The winner will receive House of Marley Stir It Up on-ear headphones signed by Cedella and their video will be featured on the House of Marley blog, ANiceTime.com, and Tuff Gong Television. The winner will also be considered for the Featured Cover Friday song on the official Bob Marley Facebook page!

Benny Benassi Releases Official Bob Marley Remix

The birth of house music in the late 1980s was based on the idea of pushing music into a new direction that reflected the future instead of the past. Despite the forward thinking sound, the genre’s DJs still held the records of yesteryear in high regard including the work of House of Marley namesake Bob Marley. Hundreds upon hundred of DJs have taken the time to create their own unofficial Bob Marley remix, but few have ever been tasked with creating one with the Marley family’s blessing.

Italian-born Benny Benassi is just one of many DJs inspired by reggae and he is now on the verge of releasing the first official Bob Marley remix in over 10 years. On September 3, Island Records, Marley’s old label, will release Benny Benassi’s remix of one of the reggae icon’s most popular songs, “Jammin.” Set to a tinny high hat backbeat, Benassi uses the reverb-soaked vocals of “Jammin” and accents it with piano that goes from reggae to house in a matter of seconds.

When the beat drops through a pair of House of Marley in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones or over-ear headphones, you’re instantly transported to a New York nightclub by way of Kingston, Jamaica. Despite the fact “Jammin” was originally released nearly 40 years ago, Benassi brings the song into the 21st century by throwing down an impressive dub set breakdown at the peak of the song’s chorus. This new Bob Marley remix will make you say, “Skrillex who?”

Check out the new Benny Benassi Bob Marley remix below.


Won’t You Help To Sing: The House of Marley Celebrates Redemption Through Bob Marley Cover Songs

In his lyrical masterpiece “Redemption Song,” Bob Marley told the world that even if you don’t have much in life, you will always have a song of freedom in your heart. The resounding sentiment of independence and love that results from the lyrics of the song easily explains why it has become one of the most prominent Bob Marley cover songs. From the Clash’s Joe Strummer and Johnny Cash to Rihanna and Lauryn Hill, “Redemption Song” has become a staple cover in the years since Marley first recorded it in 1979.

When House of Marley began the process of naming our in-ear headphones and on-ear headphones, the decision to name a pair emblazoned with the Rastafarian colors, the Redemption Song was the easiest. The lyrics from the Bob Marley song reference a speech from the famous Pan-African freedom leader Marcus Garvey, in which he spoke about the release of all African descendants worldwide. Just like Marley says that a song is a link to freedom, Redemption Song in-ear headphones/on-ear headphones are a vessel for music that can lead many to the light at the end of the tunnel.

While there are no exact numbers on just how many Bob Marley cover songs have been recorded throughout the years, there are hundreds of recorded versions of “Redemption Song” from professional musicians, and even twice that amount from amateurs. In honor of one of Bob’s most treasured works and the House of Marley Redemption Song in-ear headphones/on-ear headphones, we’ve gathered together five of our favorite versions of “Redemption Song” for your listening pleasure. Check out these classic Bob Marley cover songs from Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash, Rihanna, Matisyahu and Lauryn Hill featuring Ziggy Marley.

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Anatomy of the House of Marley Lion Crest

The lion has long been a symbol of pride and power, especially in the Rastafarian community, so naturally the king of the jungle takes center stage in the House of Marley lion crest. We use the Marley lion crest to identify distributors and retailers of the House of Marley on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over-ear headphones, but it also symbolizes that a product is high quality, made with earth friendly materials, and follows the tenets of Bob Marley.

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The design elements in the House of Marley lion crest are rooted in Rastafarianism. Based on the Lion of Judah, which represents the key figure in Rastafarian, Emperor Haile Selassie I, the Marley lion crest features two mighty lions flanked by a ribbon that reads, “Marett Tsehai Dam.” This Amharic phrase translates to, “Land, Sun, Blood” – the basis of the well-known Rasta colors of green, yellow and red.

The House of Marley lion crest also features the Ethiopian Coptic Cross at its center, overlaying the a pattern of green, yellow and red, and topped off by a regal crown. These elements reinforce the importance and majesty of the Marley name, guaranteeing a quality House of Marley product.

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At the House of Marley, we use the virtues of Bob Marley as a touchstone for all that we do with our brand. The Marley lion crest is a visual expression of this, just as our on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, and over-ear headphones demonstrate it through sweet, sweet music.

The House of Marley Gets a Visit From The Dirty Heads Live

Evoking a smooth blend of Bob Marley’s reggae sounds and the hopped-up ska vibe of Sublime, The House of Marley is stoked to see young artists like The Dirty Heads live out the musical legacy of our brand’s namesake. The California-born band, who’s about to embark on an American tour with Matisyahu, is set to release their new album, Cabin by the Sea, on Five Seven Music on June 19.

After previewing Cabin by the Sea on a pair of Marley earbuds, we were even more excited by the band’s keen take on reggae and hip-hop thanks to instant summer classics like “Disguise,” “Dance All Night” and “Smoke Rings.” In fact, The House of Marley was so hyped on the band that we wanted to do something really special. The result? The House of Marley set up a show for fans, new and old, to experience The Dirty Heads live at a secret location.

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Holing up in the Idle Hands bar in New York City, The Dirty Heads met with fans and enjoyed the chilled out vibe of the East Village bar before playing a stripped down set. Backed by a Marley earbuds banner, The Dirty Heads live show was amazing, with the highlight being a performance of their new single “Spread Too Thin.” Despite only having an acoustic guitar and bongos, the feeling in the air was truly electric.

Check out this fun footage of The Dirty Heads live secret show from New York and see the band playing, joking around with the crowd and checking out some Marley earbuds and noise-reducing headphones. If you still haven’t found the soundtrack to your summer, allow us to introduce you to the band you will listen to a million times over.

The House of Marley’s Picks For Top Bob Marley Songs

Here at The House of Marley, we do our fair share of listening to our namesake’s legendary music. We live it, we breath it, and we certainly eat our Marley Wheaties every day. Since we are all about audio, we wanted to make our own list of top Bob Marley songs. So, let the inter-office debate/battle royale began!

Whether relaxing in solitude, listening to “Redemption Song” through on-ear headphones, or getting the party started with “Midnight Ravers” on the Bag of Rhythm, Bob Marley has a song for any situation. Considering many different proposed listening situations and “Would you rather?” type questions, we finally settled on our list of The House of Marley’s “Top Bob Marley Songs.” Limiting ourselves to five picks, we’re sure that our faithful readers will have something to say about the list. We can’t wait to hear which are your favorite top Bob Marley songs. Leave them in the comments section below.

With that, we present you with The House of Marley’s “Top Bob Marley Songs”:

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Destiny”

Bob Marley’s music is remembered for its thundering rhythms, but in his early days, the Wailers knew how cut an upbeat, fast-paced ska track too. “Destiny” is a song that is somewhat lost in the annals of Marley history, but it offers a picture of young Bob. Innocent and carefree, listening to “Destiny” on a pair of in-ear headphones will make any grey day turn bright and sunny.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Smile Jamaica”

How hasn’t “Smile Jamaica” been used by the Jamaican tourism board to promote the much loved island? We can smell the sand and surf right now despite the office walls right next to us. Someone is literally trying to ride one like a surfboard!

Bob Marley & The Wailers – “Stir It Up”

Written for American singer Johnny Nash, “Stir It Up” was Bob Marley’s introduction to the USA in 1971. After backing Nash on his subsequent tour, The Wailers ended up broke and on the door step of Island Records. Their next album and first release on Island, Catch a Fire, would be their first American hit and forever change the course of history. At the album’s centerpiece: “Stir It Up.”

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Midnight Ravers

“Midnight Ravers” is one heck of an on-ear headphones track if we’ve ever heard one. From Peter Tosh’s pulsating organ to the deep bass of Aston Barrett, this Marley-penned song transports listeners to a raging party under the jungle’s dense canopy, deep in the heart of Jamaica.

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Redemption Song

The most epic song ever. Words cannot convey how much “Redemption Song” is the ultimate Bob Marley song. Just listen! If this isn’t in your own list of “Top Bob Marley Songs,” we aren’t sure we trust your taste.

Of course, there are so many honorable mentions and runners-up. Wading through the scores of incredible songs Marley created in his lifetime was quite a process, and a pleasure. We encourage you to do the same and let us know what your Top Bob Marley Songs list looks like!

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