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    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 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • 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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