Saturday Top 5: Bob Marley

Though Bob Marley’s reliance on a misguided religion ended up costing his own life, he did have some very big ideas and he also seemed to have a big heart.  He was responsible for bringing Jamaica’s music to the world, and his influence on so many pop and rock groups are so understated.  He also followed the Biblical command to “be fruitful and multiply” considering that he had a minimum of 13 known children (he claimed one of the girls as his own daughter though he was not the biological father).  These are my favorite Bob Marley songs for their musical and aesthetic value.

Honorable Mention:

I Shot the Sheriff – Clapton did a great remake of this song which was just as good as the original version, IMO.  But this was a cool tune.

#5. Three Little Birds – This great song was featured in the movie “I Am Legend“, which was perfect because it is a song of hope in the middle of a bleak end of world scenario.  I am sure part of the reason for the song was that Three Little Birds was included in a posthumous greatest hits album “Legend“.

#4. Turn Your Lights Down Low – It was remade into a hit single by Lauryn Hill (probably her biggest hit) with Bob Marley’s vocals from the original on it.  I love the original best.  It definitely has an Eric Clapton feel to it, and it was not really a reggae song, but more of a pop/rock song.

#3. One Love – This has to be the most recognizable and popular song Bob Marley wrote and performed, thanks now in part to the Jamaica tourism commercials.  I love the message of peace and unity and salvation in this song.

#2. No Woman, No Cry – I know the grammar is not correct, but that’s not so bad because the tune is so good.  A couple of the things I really like about this song is the Hammond B-3 which underlies the song from start to finish, and the choral sound of the audience and back up vocals singing along.

#1. Iron, Lion, Zion – Released over 10 years after his death, 18 years after it was recorded, this song is just cool.  I like the driving rhythm and the emotional aspect of the melody and chord progression.

OK, so here is the part where you tell me that I’m right and I say thanks, or you say I should have included all these other songs, and then comes the part where I tell you that you are wrong.


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4 responses to “Saturday Top 5: Bob Marley

  1. Ela

    Ivan’s fav was RED RED WINE.

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  3. marcus

    Marley’s belief’s were not misguided. It was his own to hold on to personally. Miss information of someone you never met is a sure form of ignorance on your part to justify you own petty lack of understanding. To say you enjoy his music is a waste of text. Had i been Bob surly i would have communicated that pitfalls in communication is a sure act of desperation to grasp individual concepts and meaning that far surpass your simple mindedness. Please blog yourself each day. Upon doing so maybe you will realize the impact of words spoken or written. Unlike Bob his impact will last forever unlike yours….regards


  4. Marcus,
    Thanks for your comments. Just because his thoughts and religion were his own to hold does not preclude them from being misguided. My understanding of Marley’s illness was that he had cancer in his toe and for adherence to his Rastafari religion, he refused to allow it to be amputated. It would have saved his life. Rasta’s believe that the body must be whole. By the time he gave in and sought a world renown surgeon, his cancer had become inoperable, having spread to his lungs and brain. Sadly he passed away unnecessarily due to his misguided (obviously to me since even he ended up rejecting that tenant) religious belief.

    As for the pitfalls of bad communication, your post is appreciated but is not very well conveyed. By your own standard you have set for others, you could use a little work. No doubt Bob Marley’s impact on music is great. His impact on the world is disputed. I certainly am not interested, and neither are most serious minded people in sitting around all day smoking pot, making babies, and calling for world peace. But if that is what floats your boat, have at it. 😉

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