The Playlist Special: Top Artists Pick Their Personal Top 10

Damian Marley: Bob Marley

"My father has been a voice of encouragement in times of desperation for so many people," says the reggae giant's youngest son. "But he died when I was so young that, for me, his music has been a way for me to get to know him better."







Listen: Damian Marley's Top Bob Marley Songs

  • 1.
    "Positive Vibration" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1976

    I used to wake up to this song every morning; I had it as my alarm. It's a great way to start the day, because the whole message puts you in a hopeful mood and reminds you that negative breeds negative.

  • 2.
    "Sun Is Shining" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1978

    I love the mood of it, and the bass line is one of the best ever: very heavy, slow and simple. It's dangerous when you hear it through big speakers!

  • 3.
    "Concrete Jungle" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1973

    This is from Catch a Fire, which marked his becoming an international star.

  • 4.
    "Burnin' And Lootin'" | The Wailers, 1973

    A lot of people know Bob Marley for his more friendly singles, but the majority of his music was revolutionary stuff, like this.

  • 5.
    "One Love" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1977

    This song says that "revolutionary" doesn't mean evil or abusive: You can't become what you're fighting against.

  • 6.
    "War" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1976

    The lyrics are actually from a speech by His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia. For Rastas, that's our messiah.

  • 7.
    "We And Dem" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1980

    I do this onstage a lot, because it's one of my favorites. I like the hardcore feel to it. It's like, "We've made up our minds. We're not taking any bullshit."

  • 8.
    "Real Situation" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1980

    This song speaks about wars: "Nation war against nation/ Where did it all begin?/When will it end?" It's extremely relevant today.

  • 9.
    "Natty Dread" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1974

    This is a great song for Rastafarians to hold our heads high and be proud of our locks. In those days, when you saw someone with locks, it was still a shock!

  • 10.
    "Crazy Baldhead" | Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1976

    We sampled this on my 1996 song "Me Name Jr. Gong." The high-hat has a swing to it that's a little unorthodox; it was a new style that's since become a staple in reggae.