Top 10 Best Bob Marley Songs

The Top Ten
1 No Woman, No Cry

This and Three Little Birds are by far the most recognizable Bob Marley songs. They are all good, though. The man was a living legend and one of the best lyricists of all time. His lyrics were his convictions, and he not only proclaimed them but lived them. The world is truly a better place for having hosted his life for nearly four decades.

The beauty of this song lies in Bob Marley's painful voice. Obviously, his every song is a masterpiece, but this one will always remain at the top of the bunch.

I love the fact that he would write music about women. This shows he was a real man, sensitive enough to want to unite women back in a time when African and African-American people were trying to make a difference on the world stage.

2 Three Little Birds

I love this song so much. It can calm you down, it uses reggae music, which is good and serene, and it is so catchy! Have you heard of Victoria Theatre? Well, they have a Three Little Birds play, and it was AWESOME!

Warning: This may contain spoilers. This play is about a kid named Ziggy who is afraid of a lot of things in Jamaica. He's even too scared to leave the house! There is also a bogeyman named Duppy who tries to steal people's hair to give him power. I don't know how hair gives bogeymen powers, but that's an okay plot and idea. There were three actors and three actresses in the play. They use Jamaican accents, of course. They sing very well. I'll tell you the plot in another comment. This should do for now.

3 Buffalo Soldier

Bob Marley's best song ever! Even though No Woman No Cry is more popular, Buffalo Soldier is the best reggae song hands down. This is the kind of song every artist makes once in a lifetime, way too significant and heaven to the ears.

It's not overplayed, so whenever you hear it, it's always a delight. Once it's in my mind, it stays in my mind and I don't mind! Fighting on arrival, fighting for survival.

I really love this too. Especially, you feel like you're flying to heaven!

4 One Love/People Get Ready

Although this song is one of the shortest songs that Marley ever wrote, I believe it is his most meaningful work. If everyone listened to this and allowed the music to penetrate their souls, the world would be a VERY peaceful place, and we would all live together in harmony. Now that would be a utopia. This song is a real vision of ZION, a utopia coming true.

This music was one of Bob's best hits. The lyric is good, but the message is the best. Bob knew that togetherness brings about unity. This was his goal in life. If only the world could listen to Bob, things could have been better by now.

5 Redemption Song

A truly timeless classic, and my personal favorite song by Bob Marley, particularly the acoustic solo version. As I've grown older alongside this song, it's taken on even more meaning in my personal life. It often reminds me of the underlying message in "The Matrix" films, which was to say that our society enslaves us all, and that the only path to freedom is by first freeing your mind of the shackles of old ways of thinking that only serve to keep us down.

If I could say one thing to Bob, it would be, "Thank you for writing 'Redemption Song.' It's truly touched my life."

6 Is This Love

This should definitely top the list. Beautiful lyrics, foot-tapping beats, and a heavenly rhythm, all along with Bob's soulful voice, make it one of the best songs one can listen to in their lifetime.

This needs to be much higher on the list. It's so catchy and beautiful. Not provocative like today's music, it's good to hear something like this nowadays.

I love this song. It's so easing and makes me feel good whenever I listen to it. It gives me peace of mind.

7 Jamming

By far my favorite Marley song. It was arguably Bob's own favorite and, possibly, the song he played the most on stage. His otherworldly performance of Jamming at the One Love Peace Concert in Jamaica still gives me the chills, I mean, literally. Another entranced performance of Jamming is captured on the Live album.

Best song. Has been incorporated in many forms of media, and numerous references have been made in regards to the awesomeness of this song. It also has the most compelling tune in the background when it comes to Marley's music.

8 Could You Be Loved

My favorite song in the world. Makes me feel like no other can. The man could do no wrong. He died before I was born, but I feel fortunate for the music he left my generation.

Oh come on! This song should have been at the top of the list... However, I love every song of Bob Marley's, so...

Don't let them fool ya,
Or even try to school ya!

Damn! This song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it!

9 I Shot The Sheriff

I Shot the Sheriff, but I didn't shoot the deputy... I shot the sheriff, I swear it was in self-defense...

How could you not love this song? It's my favorite song. It's just sad to see such a great song so low on the list.

P.S. The Clapton cover is also great, but nothing compared to Marley...

Awesome song... He says kill it, kill it before it grows!

Great lyrics. The song has awesome lyrics and tells a story. It should be second, behind Buffalo Soldier.

10 Get Up, Stand Up

There is no other song you can sing until you come face to face with some force that can oppress you. If it's the State, the Government, the Police, a singular bastard, or a psychopath, until you have been pushed too far by prejudice or overwhelming force, you will not understand this song or its meaning. It is important for everybody to get up and stand up for your rights and never give in to the forces of oppression and mediocrity. Sooner or later, everyone returns to God, but you're here to fight for justice so that one day God will be proud of you. Amen.

The Contenders
11 Stir It Up

Best Bob Marley song ever! This song stirs something good up in me every time I listen to it.

Absolutely amazing! This needs to be number 1! Enough said.

This song is legitimately the best feel-good song out there. It's like bathing in a warm bath. It just gets you high...

I used to wake up to this song a couple of months ago... And I still love it. It makes me feel high without weed.

12 Waiting In Vain

I've been in love with this jam for years now, listen to it every day... It soothes the heart. Anyone can feel the depth of this song when they hear it, it's my favorite ever. Voice unlike no other - thank you for this... I'll always bump this tune. Hope y'all do too.



From my humble opinion, this is definitely Bob's best song. The recipe is simple: a nice and slow rhythm, voice at its apex... And yes, what he says is true, love always is. Peace.

WHAT? I think this is the best of Mr. Marley. I don't support my opinion. Everyone likes their own music, but guys, please take some time to listen to this song carefully.

13 Exodus

This is by far one of Bob Marley's best jams. I especially like when he says, "Yeah yeah yeah well, huh, open your eyes, and look within. Are you satisfied with the life you're living?"

14 Ganja Gun

One of the best songs ever that will take your Highness to the world of peace and weed...

It's a great song... I just smoke weed and listen to this song all day...

This song makes you feel high even without smoking weed! Best song by my man Marley.

15 Turn Your Lights Down Low

This song makes me fall in love with the idea of love again!

Should definitely be in the top ten.

16 War

"War" is such an inspirational song for black kids. It teaches us to stand up for our equality.

"Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently abandoned..."

It's just one of those songs that you know your child is learning something significant.

What beautiful lyrics, full of meaning, like a poem. If we were more intelligent, not judging someone because of the color of their skin, understanding that being different is pretty, not dangerous, and we all have the same blood. You may say I'm a dreamer, like Bob Marley was.

17 Positive Vibrations

Me too. I can't believe this is not among the top tens.

18 Sun Is Shining

This is the only Bob Marley song I use to wake and bake each morning.
Thanks, Bob!
Keeping me happy with your music forever.

And the weather is sweet! Best song for a good day.

19 High Tide or Low Tide

Bob's most underrated song... It's his greatest song in my opinion but it's by far the saddest. I don't think many of you even heard of it, but I really recommend you look it up.

It is so beautiful. If you listen, Bob gets emotional near the middle. This is so underrated.

Great lyrics, one of his best songs.

20 Bam Bhole Nath

Bam Bam Bhole! I play this song for my prayers, and it teleports me to Mt. Kailash. Great song.

21 Africa Unite

Survival, hands down, is Bob Marley's best album. I'll listen to any song on this album.

22 Concrete Jungle

I don't know why everyone is sleeping on this song. It's Marley at his rawest, with the power of his lyrics ("No chains around my feet but I'm not free") only matched by the power of that unreal guitar solo. A masterpiece.

Easily the best song Bob Marley ever released.

Can't believe it's so low on the list. Definitely one of my favorites.

23 Mellow Mood

This song is the only one of its kind. It's a whole genre that produced only this very song. Love you, Bob, you will always live through my life, through your songs. RIP, legend.

"Strike the hammer while the iron is hot" says it all. Great song, great man.

24 Iron Lion Zion

Yes. This song is fantastic - it's energizing, uplifting, and powerful all at once. A pinnacle of his career that hits the bullseye dead on and in ways most other reggae songs can't touch.

Amazing song, I can't believe it's not in the top 10! I could listen to this song all day long without getting tired of it. It has an amazing vibe.

This song is absolutely sensational. It's in my top three BM songs.

25 Misty Morning

What, how is this number 40? This is an early morning song to listen to when going to work every day!

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