100 Best Reggae Songs

    • 1. No Woman, No Cry – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    •   2. Israelites – Desmond Dekker & the Aces
    •   3. Stir It Up – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    •   4. Pressure Drop – Toots & the Maytals
    •   5. The Harder They Come – Jimmy Cliff
    •   6. One Love – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    •   7. 54-46 That’s My Number – Toots & the Maytals
    •   8. Satta Massagana – The Abyssinians
    •   9. Funky Kingston – Toots & the Maytals
    • 10. Montego Bay – Freddie Notes & The Rudies
    • 11. Many Rivers To Cross – Jimmy Cliff
    • 12. Marcus Garvey – Burning Spear
    • 13. Legalize It – Peter Tosh
    • 14. Redemption Song – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 15. Here I Come – Dennis Brown
    • 16. Get Up, Stand Up – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 17. Rudy Got Soul – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    • 18. The Tide Is High – The Paragons
    • 19. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 20. Everything I Own – Ken Boothe
    • 21. Night Nurse – Gregory Isaacs
    • 22. You Don’t Care – The Techniques
    • 23. Vietnam – Jimmy Cliff
    • 24. Rivers Of Babylon – The Melodians
    • 25. Police & Thieves – Junior Murvin
    • 26. Buffalo Soldier – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 27. Red Red Wine – UB40
    • 28. Cherry Oh Baby – Eric Donaldson
    • 29. (I Am) The Upsetter – Lee “Scratch” Perry
    • 30. Sitting & Watching – Dennis Brown
    • 31. Jammin’ – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 32. Wear You To The Ball – U-Roy & The Paragons
    • 33. Two Sevens Clash – Culture
    • 34. I Shot The Sheriff – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 35. Armagideon Time – Willie Williams
    • 36. 007 Shanty Town – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
    • 37. A Love I Can Feel – John Holt
    • 38. Revolution – Dennis Brown
    • 39. Queen Majesty – The Techniques
    • 40. Natty Rebel – U-Roy
    • 41. Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson
    • 42. Natural Mystic – Bob Marley
    • 43. Equal Rights – Peter Tosh
    • 44. Rocksteady – Alton Ellis & The Flames
    • 45. Do The Reggay – Toots & the Maytals
    • 46. Don’t Stay Away – Phyllis Dillon
    • 47. Baby Why – The Cables
    • 48. One Blood – Junior Reid
    • 49. Iron Lion Zion – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 50. Book Of The Rules – The Heptones
    • 51. Telephone Love – JC Lodge
    • 52. Blackheart Man – Bunny Wailer
    • 53. Nanny Goat – Larry & Alvin Marshall
    • 54. Unchained – Bob Andy
    • 55. Tenement Yard – Jacob Miller
    • 56. Ba Ba Boom – The Jamaicans
    • 57. I’m Still In Love With You – Alton Ellis
    • 58. Pass The Kutchie – The Mighty Diamonds
    • 59. Wonderful World, Beautiful People – Jimmy Cliff
    • 60. Mama Africa – Peter Tosh
    • 61. Fade Away – Jr. Byles
    • 62. How Could I Leave – Dennis Brown
    • 63. Soon Forward – Gregory Isaacs
    • 64. Trenchtown Rock – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 65. Westbound Train – Dennis Brown
    • 66. Cool Rasta – The Heptones
    • 67. My Conversation – Slim Smith & The Uniques
    • 68. You Can Get It If You Really Want – Jimmy Cliff
    • 69. Now That We Found Love – Third World
    • 70. Talk About Love – Pat Kelly
    • 71. I Need A Roof – The Mighty Diamonds
    • 72. 1865 (96 Degrees In The Shade) – Third World
    • 73. Declaration of Rights – The Abyssinians
    • 74. War Inna Babylon – Max Romeo
    • 75. Big Ship – Freddie McGregor
    • 76. Waiting In Vain – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 77. Guess Who’s Comming To Dinner – Black Uhuru
    • 78. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
    • 79. What One Dance Can Do – Beres Hammond
    • 80. Crying Over You – Ken Boothe
    • 81. Someone Loves You – JC Lodge
    • 82. Sonny’s Lettah – Linton Kwesi Johnson
    • 83. What Kind Of World – The Cables
    • 84. Rain From The Sky – Delroy Wilson
    • 85. Everything Crash – The Ethiopians
    • 86. Love Me Forever – Carlton & The Shoes
    • 87. Johnny Too Bad – The Slickers
    • 88. Love Is My Religion – Ziggy Marley
    • 89. Monkey Man – Toots & the Maytals
    • 90. War – Bob Marley & the Wailers
    • 91. Can I Change My Mind – Alton Ellis
    • 92. Duppy Gunman – Ernie Smith
    • 93. Zungguzungguguzungguzeng – Yellowman
    • 94. Black Cinderella – Errol Dunkley
    • 95. Have Mercy – The Mighty Diamonds
    • 96. Tumblin Down – Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
    • 97. My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small
    • 98. Hold Me Tight – Johnny Nash
    • 99. Angel – Shaggy & Rayvon
    • 100. Dreadlocks In Moonlight – Lee “Scratch” Perry

“Three Little Birds” Bob Marley Chords & Lyrics – Video Lesson

Video Lesson

Chord Chart Available in Songbook

reggae guitar lessons songbook

A chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"  D chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"  E chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"

 Guitar Techniques

The lead guitar part is using a pattern of 6ths played with a finger and pick, called hybrid picking. Once you get comfortable picking pattern just move it up the neck to the E and D chords in the same barre chord shape. Also make sure to play your notes super short to get that staccato phrasing.

The guitar chords Bob Marley uses for this song and the classic I, IV, V chord progression in A major. These chords can be played in the open position for acoustic guitar, or you can play the barre chords I have outlined in the chord chart. The rhythm guitar part is played using a downstroke on the offbeat and is explained in detail in my lesson How to play Reggae Rhythm Guitar.

Rare Footage

“Funky Kingston” Toots & the Maytals – Reggae Guitar Lesson

Video Lesson

Guitar Chords

Reggae Guitar Chords    funk guitar chords      funk guitar chords   

Guitar Techniques

To get that funky sound you have to play really choppy and keep your right hand loose. Only hit 3 strings at a time and mute the strings with your right hand. For the reggae riddims and skank guitar check out my post on “how to play reggae riddims”

History of Reggae Jazz with Ernest Ranglin

Ernest Ranglin is a Jamaican guitarist who is credited for inventing the ska guitar style of playing in the late 1950’s. He was also a session player at the famed Studio One where his guitar playing was featured on many reggae artist’s recordings including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and the Skatalites.

During the 1960’s & 70’s Ranglin continued to record classic reggae albums and blended the reggae and jazz music genre’s into his own style of guitar playing. He was inducted in the Jamaican Music hall of fame in 2008.

Essential Listening:

“Surfin” – Below the Bassline (1996)