40 Songs for a Reggae Dance Party

Ambient DJs’ music mixologist DJs recently held a reggae music summit in the Princeton area. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss top reggae dance floor fillers and our favorite reggae “riddims.” A “riddim” is a rhythmic pattern or groove that the emcee or vocalist sings over. The name of the riddim tends to be the name of the original song from which it derived. For example, the well-known “Murder She Wrote” by Chaka Demus & Pliers relies on the “Bam Bam” riddim from Pliers’ track “Wat a Bom.”

The list that follows primarily focuses on ‘dancehall’ reggae that features a beat or riddim, making it easy to dance to. Roots reggae is a mellower branch of reggae that has not been highlighted in this blog.

Reggae music is wonderful music, and perhaps the primary inspiration for booking my first trip to Jamaica in 2013! Special thanks to musical contributors to this playlist: DJ Greg Nice, DJ Iron Mike, DJ Spinz, DJ Allday and DJ Gregg Ambient. Play these songs loud with liberal doses of a blaring reggae horn!

Also check out two free, downloadable (or streamable) reggae mixes by DJ Gregg Ambient following the tracklist. One love!

40 Songs for a Reggae Dance Party

  1. Twice My Age – Krystal & Shabba Ranks
  2. Limb by Limb – Cutty Ranks (Fever Pitch riddim)
  3. Heads High – Mr. Vegas (Filthy riddim)
  4. Get Busy – Sean Paul (Diwali riddim)
  5. Murder She Wrote – Chaka Demus & Pliers (Bam Bam riddim)
  6. Living Dangerously – Barrington Levy (Living Dangerously riddim)
  7. Action – Terror Fabulous f/Nadia Sutherland (Showtime riddim)
  8. We Nuh Like – Spragga Benz (Showtime riddim)
  9. Have a Hot Gal – Shaggy (Showtime riddim)
  10. Jook Gal (Wine Wine) (Remix) – Elephant Man f/Twista, Young Bloodz & Kiprich (Coolie Dance riddim)
  11. A Who Seh Me Dun – Cutty Ranks (Bam Bam riddim)
  12. Here Comes the Hotstepper – Ini Kamoze (Land of 1,000 Dances riddim)
  13. Bruck it Down – Mr. Vegas (Satta riddim)
  14. Skip to Ma Luu – Serani f/Ding Dong
  15. You Don’t Love Me (Trojan Mix) – Dawn Penn (No No No riddim)
  16. No Games – Serani (Unfinished Business riddim)
  17. So Special – Mavado (Unfinished Business riddim)
  18. Ting-a-Ling – Shabba Ranks
  19. Rich Girl – Louchie Lou
  20. No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
  21. Gal Yuh a Lead – T.O.K. (Wanted riddim)
  22. Anything Goes – C.N.N., Wayne Wonder & Lexxus
  23. Dat Sexy Body – Sasha
  24. Romie – Beenie Man
  25. Pass the Dutchie – Musical Youth
  26. Flex (Time to Have Sex) – Mad Cobra
  27. Girls Dem Sugar – Beenie Man f/Mya
  28. I’m Drinking (Rum & Redbull) – Beenie Man & Fambo
  29. Like Glue – Sean Paul
  30. Pon di Floor – Major Lazer
  31. Dutty Wine – Tony Matterhorn
  32. Welcome to Jam Rock – Damian “Gong” Marley
  33. Bad Boyz – Shyne f/Barrington Levy
  34. Dude (remix) – Beenie Man f/Ms. Thing & Shawnna
  35. Ganja Smuggling – Eek-a-Mouse
  36. Black Man Land – Prince Far I
  37. Turn it Up – RICHIELOOP
  38. It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy
  39. Close to You – Maxi Priest
  40. Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley

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