Jul 282011

I’m often asked for suggestions for island and tropical themed music.  This can mean different things to different people, from Reggae to Calypso or even pop, rock or country.  For me, one thing is certain.  I need a heavy dose of reggae in my “Island Playlist”.  I’ve loved reggae since I first heard Bob Marley and Peter Tosh at a young age, and I’ve been expanding my reggae horizons ever since.  Below is a glimpse inside my “Reggae Playlist”.

Jump Nyahbinghi – Bob Marley
African – Peter Tosh
Rat in My Kitchen – UB40
She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley
New Love – Ziggy Marley
Jamaican in New York – Shinehead
Dreadlock Holiday – 10cc
Try Jah Love – Third World
Kpangolo – Majek Fashek
Behind Closed Doors – Lionize
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Black Uhuru
Israelites – Desmond Dekker
Coming in From the Cold – Bob Marley
Roller Skates – Steel Pulse
Pas de Problemes – Kana
Book of Rules – The Heptones
Trenchtown Rock – Bob Marley
Blind to You – Collie Buddz
Rivers of Babylon – The Melodians

…and from my “Island Playlist”

Volcano – Jimmy Buffet
Island in the Sun – Weezer
Mexico – James Taylor
Santeria – Sublime
Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash (the ultimate song about sailing to Tahiti)
Coconut – Widespread Panic
No Shirt, No Shoes, No Problems – Kenny Chesney
Kokomo – The Beach Boys (how can you not include a song that mentions Aruba, Monsserat, Jamaica, Martinique, Bermuda, Bahamas, Haiti and Kay Largo?)
La Isla Bonita – Madonna
Cheeseburger in Paradise – Jimmy Buffet

What are your favorite island tunes?

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