500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Jimmy Cliff, 'The Harder They Come'

Writer: Cliff
Producer: Cliff
Released: March '75, Mango
Did not chart

Before this song, Cliff had already won acclaim: Bob Dylan lauded his 1969 single "Vietnam" as "the best protest song ever written." But Cliff became an international star with this gospel tale of eternal rebellion, expressly written for the movie of the same name, in which he played Ivan Martin, a young man who comes to Kingston, Jamaica, to make his way as a musician.

Appears on: The Harder They Come (Island)

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