In the 60 years since Jamaica gained its independence from England, on August 6, 1962, the small Caribbean nation has produced some of the world’s most influential musical genres, including ska, rock steady, reggae, dub and dancehall. Likewise, over the past 60 years, Jamaican artists have turned inspirations from different parts of the world into distinctive sounds, when combined with the island’s surprisingly prolific recorded output, adopting a “land of wood and water”. Made the first resident. The Arawak Indians called it one of the most important music venues in the world.
To celebrate Jamaica’s Diamond Jubilee, we have compiled a list of 60 songs, one song per year, to tell the story of the island’s musical evolution. Some tracks were chosen because they marked the beginning of a new direction in sound, others sparked a movement, some caused controversy, marked a turning point in an artist’s career, or a significant impact at the time of their release. fell.
Because Jamaica is blessed with an abundance of exceptional musical talent, the list has only one entry per artist. However, those who are recognized for a solo effort may also be listed for recordings they made as part of a group or in collaboration with another artist. Because there were so many records to choose from for any given year, some important releases may not appear on the list. But it’s just a reminder of how amazingly rich this history is.