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!