April 9, 2012, at 7:59 pm

100 Greatest Rocksteady Tunes : 100 – 11

It’s taken five years but the final ten of the DanceCrasher 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes will start soon. This series has been really popular which is hugely gratifying and has made all the work involved more than worthwhile, so thanks to everyone who has left comments or spoken to me about this over the years.

I’ve a feeling the last 10 will be a little controversial in places but that’s fine, this was always one persons list and anyone else’s would undoubtedly be different. Please keep sending in your own comments about the tunes that are here and the tunes that you think are missing, for a style that lasted three years at best it’s a tribute in itself that there are so many superb recordings to choose from.

RocksteadyHere is a full list of the tunes to date:

11) The Uniques – Beatitude
12) Keith And Tex – Tonight
13) The Paragons – My Best Girl
14) Ken Boothe – Say You
15) Slim Smith – Hip Hug
16) Val Bennet – Russians Are Coming
17) Soul Vendors – Swing Easy
18) The Melodians – Swing And Dine
19) The Minstrels – So Weary
20) The Wailers – Bus Dem Shut
21) Helmsley Morris – Little things
22) The Basses – Big Mistake
23) Derrick Harriott – Do I Worry
24) Gaylads – Hard To Confess
25) Hopeton Lewis – Sounds And Pressure
26) Joe Higgs & Dudely Sibley – Message Of Old
27) The Fugitives – Cantelope Rock
28) Crystalites – Alfred Hitchcock
29) Junior Soul – Glendevon Special
30) The Paragons – Number One
31) Alton Ellis – Rocksteady
32) The Wailers – Funeral
33) Desmond Dekker – Fu Manchu
34) Stranger And Gladdy – Over Again
35) The Techniques – Travelling Man
36) The Ethiopians – Do It Sweet
37) The Uniques – My Conversation
38) Ken Parker – A Change Is Gonna Come
39) The Melodians – It Comes And Goes
40) Keith And Tex – Stop That Train
41) The Clarendonians – Lonely Heartaches
42) Derrick Harriott – Solomon
43) Ken Boothe – Can’t You See
44) Johnny And The Attractions – Coming On The Scene
45) The Minstrels – People Get Ready
46) Joe White – I’m So Proud
47) Alton Ellis – Cry Tough
48) The Paragons – Memories By The Score
49) The Uniques – Watch This Sound
50) The Techniques – You Don’t Care
51) The Basses – River Jordan
52) Lloyd And Glenn – That Girl
53) Dobby Doson – Loving Pauper
54) The Uniques – Lesson Of Love
55) The Paragons – Tide Is High
56) Derrick Harriot – The Loser
57) Phylis Dillon – Perfidia
58) Lloyd Robinson – Red Bum Ball
59) Alva Lewis – Revelation
60) Soul Brothers – Soul Serenade
61) Delroy Wilson – won’t you come home
62) Johnny And The Attractons – Let’s Get Together
63) Pat Kelly – Somebody’s baby
64) The Rulers – Let My People Go
65) Hopeton Lewis- Cool Cool Collie
66) The Federals – You Better Call On Me
67) Larry Marshal – Find A New Girl
68) Alva Lewis – Suicide
69) Prince Buster – Rock And Shake
70) Winston Samuels – The Greatest
71) Johnny And The Attractions – Young Wings Can Fly
72) Prince Buster – Shaking Up Orange Street
73) Glen & Dave – Live Like A King
74) Hopeton Lewis – This Musics Got Soul
75) Dawn Penn – To Sir With Love
76) The Wrigglers – The Cooler
77) The Daltons – Never Kiss You Again
78) The Gaylads – Give A Helping Hand
79) George Dekker – Your Treating Me Bad
80) Prince Buster – Johnny Cool
81) Errol Dunkley – Love Brother
82) The Ethiopians – Headache
83) Soul vendors – Drum Song
84) Jamaicans – Dedicate My Song To You
85) Karl Bryan – Way Of Life
86) Slim and Roy – Facts Of Life
87) The Paragons – On The Beach
88) Errol Dunkley – You Gonna Need Me
89) Overtakers – Thats The Way You Like It
90) The Heptones – Why Must I
91) The Tartans – What Can I do
92) The Uniques – Girls Like Dirt
93) The Soul Tops – Baby I’ve Got News
94) West Indians – I Mean It
95) Lynn Tait – I Spy
96) Alton Ellis – I’ve Got A Date
97) Patsy – Love divine
98) Three Tops – It’s Raining
99) Sensations – I Was Born A Loser
100) The Clarendonians – I Am Sorry

4 comments to 100 Greatest Rocksteady Tunes : 100 – 11

  • lutxo

    well, i’m not sure whether I’ve let a comment before but just want to thank to the author for the superb work. though this tracks i’ve learnt a lot about rocksteady, not to mention the pleasure to discover new tracks, artists, producers… i’m really looking forward to the top ten. big up!

  • Carl

    I’ve been following this countdown for ages, and I’m really grateful. I have discovered so many tunes I now love and cherish (I was delighted to see The Clarendonians Im Sorry and Lonely Heartaches show up on the latest Pressure Sounds release after discovering them here). I was very happy to see ‘Bus Dem Shut’ in the top ten, cos its one of my all time favourites. I love the mixture of information, label pictures and soundclips. Its been a very informative journey.
    But if its truly a list of ‘greatest’ Rocksteady tunes, I do however think that there are some massive omissions, particularly of the Studio One variety, some really obvious and immortal tunes like (off the top of my head):
    Dawn Penn – No no no
    Soul Vendors – Rockfort rock
    Alton Ellis – Im still in love with you
    The Heptones – Pretty looks isnt all
    Carlton and the Shoes – Love me forever
    Ken Boothe – ‘Moving away’,
    The Techniques – ‘Queen Majesty’ and ‘You dont care’
    Hopeton Lewis – Take it easy
    Keith and Tex – Stop that Train
    and as i mentioned before The Uniques – My Conversation.
    I know these songs are extremely well-known, but they are all beautiful and era-defining, and the basslines and riddims have been versioned endlessly all the way through to the dancehall era. It seems a shame not to acknowledge these masterpieces.
    Having said that, its been more educational to read about some of these lesser celebrated jewels. And im dying to see what the top ten will be!! please dont make us wait too long 🙂 🙂

  • Carl

    Ive just noticed that 3 of the last 4 songs i listed are in fact featured in your countdown….I should have double checked before i posted the last comment, i was writing off the top of my head. The main point i was making was that your Top 100 has been a pleasure to follow (despite what i would consider as omissions or misplacements, and a penchant for favouring the less obvious), and i have learned loads!
    Thanks again

  • Doctor Zhivago

    Glad to see the final countdown, there should be at least one Wailers tune in the Top 10 and a few Coxsone chunes, Hurting Inside, Rougher Yet something from Bob Andy’s Song Book would be my choice, but as you said before, it’s all a matter of personal taste. Did I mention the Call OF The Drums. Anyway, thanks for the hard work

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