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.
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"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
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.