2020s Top Reggae Artists and Best Reggae Songs
Brief Reggae Artists / Genre History
Although reggae is much loved in America, it originated from Jamaica. Thus, in sharing the full story of reggae music, we will be starting off with the root of reggae music in Jamaica. When reggae music originated in the 1960s it was a style of music that was meant to address sufferings and other negative issues in society.
Reggae music was confused with other forms of music such as Jamaican Mento and Jamaican Ska, which were popular at that time. The distinction between these styles of music became obvious with the introduction to reggae bands. Reggae music is, however, still described as being influenced by Jamaican Mento and Jamaican Ska music.
The earliest reggae songs were known to focus on romantic love. As the genre evolved and developed a specific style, the themes of songs broadened to include love between romantic partners as well as love of spiritual beings, other than singing about oppression, poverty and other negative forces against the natural flow of life and love.
By the 1970s, reggae music became heavily influenced by the Rastafarianism. Rastafarianism is a religion that was particularly popular in Jamaica, even though not all reggae musicians practice the religion. The reference to cannabis that is regularly made in reggae music is because of the significance of cannabis in connecting with God according to Rastafarianism.
Reggae music spread really fast to the United States, because of several factors. These factors included the fact that, at that time, radios in the U.S. could pick up signals from Jamaica, which displayed a new style of music as its popularity grew. Another factor was popular culture. The movie “The Harder They Come” and its soundtrack, featuring reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, was one of the world’s first introductions to the genre.
Following the introduction, people began to accept the likes of Bob Marley and other top reggae artist. Bob Marley, who is one of the greatest artists of all-time, embodied the message of reggae music as a political activist and Rastafarian. His songs sent strong messages on strong reggae themes addressing societal issues as well as promoting love and oneness.
Today, Reggae music has found a home not just in America but a lot of places around the world. Below is a list of the top reggae artists of 2020 that truly showcases how well the genre has grown since Bob Marley and other artists during reggae’s early days.
2020’s Top Reggae Artists
Stefflon Don, follow on Instagram: @StefflonDon and watch on Youtube: Stefflon Don
Popcaan, follow on Instagram: @PopcaanMusic and watch on Youtube: Popcaan Music
Vybz Kartel, follow on Instagram: @VybzKartel and watch on Youtube: Vybz Kartel
HoodCelebrityy, follow on Instagram: @HoodCelebrityy and watch on Youtube: HoodCelebrityy
Spice, follow on Instagram: @SpiceOfficial and watch on Youtube: SpiceOfficial
Alkaline, watch on Youtube: Alkaline
Jahmiel, subscribe on Youtube: JahmielVEVO
Protoje, subscribe on Youtube: Protoje
Masicka, follow on Instagram: @MasickaMusic and watch on Youtube: Masicka
Teejay, subscribe on Youtube: OfficialTeejayVEVO
Koffee, follow on Instagram: @OriginalKoffee and watch on Youtube: Koffee
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