3. 'The Harder They Come' (1972)
The reggae equivalent to Saturday Night Fever defined the music globally at a time when, to audiences beyond the Caribbean and émigré towns, Bob Marley and the Wailers might as well have been an Italian doo-wop group. Jimmy Cliff was star of both film and LP, which included his newly-cut title track as well as earlier gems like "Many Rivers to Cross." With the Maytals' "Pressure Drop," the Melodians' "Rivers of Babylon" and Desmond Dekker's "007 (Shanty Town)," it remains the single greatest reggae mixtape ever made.