The 100 Greatest Rocksteady Tunes (20-11)

100 Greatest Rocksteady Tunes EverWe’ve finally reached the top 20 Rocksteady tunes of all time as chosen by the amazing DanceCrasher site. Do you realize the site posted the first 10 tunes 100-91 all the way back in 2007!

This round includes tunes from Ken Khouri’s Merritone label, the best from The Wailers’ post Coxsone self produced period on their own Wail M Soul M label, classic Melodians, a truly huge tune from the Soul Vendors, a few sweet Bunny Lee slices of Rocksteady gold, Slim Smith magic, Ken Boothe & Paragons gems, Sonia Pottinger tunes and uniquely Uniques spiritual mastery of sound.

They’re a few into the top 10 but for now here is their list for the first half of the top 20.

20. Wailers – Bus Dem Shut (Wailers Production)
19. The Minstrels – So Weary (Sam Mitchell and Keith Scott production)
18. The Melodians – Swing And Dine (Sonia Pottinger production)
17. The Soul Vendors – Swing Easy (Coxsone Dodd production)
16. Val Bennett – The Russians Are Coming (Bunny Lee production)
15. Slim Smith And The Freedom Singers – Hip Hug (Coxsone Dodd production)
14. Ken Boothe – Say You (Sonia Pottinger production)
13. The Paragons – My Best Girl (Duke Reid production)
12. Keith And Tex – Tonight (Derrick Harriott production)
11. The Uniques – Beatitude (Bunny Lee production)

Continue to the DanceCrasher site to see label scans and read notes on each release along with a sound sample exhaustively put together by DanceCrasher.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.