Are You Aware of The Best Reggae and Dancehall? Here’s a List Of Them

August 19, 2021
Are You Aware of The Best Reggae and Dancehall? Here’s a List Of Them

The world is endowed with numerous music artists, especially female artists. They have contributed immensely, and are considered legends for that reason. The Caribbean Islands is a curious case in the world of music. It is the house for Dancehall music, Reggae, Ska, and numerous other forms.

The men and women from this island deserve special mention, and we will uncover them in series. But today, we are discussing something different. Today, we will discuss the top Dancehall and Reggae riddims people should be aware of:


  1. Showtime Riddim

This Riddim was created by Dave Kelly in 1997. This peppy is a part of some incredibly popular songs, such as:

  • Eagle and Di Hawk (Bounty Killer)
  • We Nuh Like (Spragga Benz)
  • Hypocrite (Beenie Man)

And this riddim will be a part of famous songs in the future too.

2. Pepperseed Riddim

This one is a little bit older than the previous one (1994), but it’s equally powerful. The same artist is behind this one too, Dave Kelly.

Which songs are graced by this riddim?

  • Big Tings A Gwan ( Daddy Screw)
  • Number Two ( Terror Fabulous)
  • Model Pon Yuh Man ( Daddy Screw)
    3. Street Sweeper Riddim

We first came across this tune in 1999, and it is produced by Steely and Clevie. The songs that consist of this style are as follows:

  • Boom Wah Dis (Burro Banton)
  • Hot Gal Today (Sean Paul and Mr. Vegas)
  • What is My Purpose (Capleton)
    4. Bruk Out Riddim

In 1998, Dave Kelly produced another epic style, known as Bruk Out Riddim. Some of the songs with this riddim are as follows:

  • Anytime (Bounty Killer)
  • Can I Get A (Baby Cham)
  • Murder (Mr. Easy)
    5. Diwali Riddim

This riddim was produced by Steven Lenky Marsden in 2002, and is used in different songs, such as Wayne Wonder’s No Letting Go, Get Busy by Sean Paul, and Galangal Gal by T.O.K.

  1. Joy Ride Riddim

Dave Kelly introduced us to another riddim in 1996, and this one is used in many popular songs. These include Bashment Girl (singer Wayne Wonder), Joy Ride (by Baby Cham), and Sycamore Tree (a wonderful rendition from Lady Shaw).

  1. Buy Out Riddim (from 2002)

This has graced the period of 2002- 2003, and it is produced by Tony CD Kelly. Some of the popular songs using this style are as follows. Like Glue (from Sean Paul), Drive Me Crazy (from Mr. Easy), and Money to Burn (sung by T.O.K).

  1. Action Riddim

It is the best riddim from the 1990s, and the producer is Bunny Gemini. The songs where this is used are Action (by Terror fabulous, and Nadine Sutherland), Mr. Do It Nice (General Degree), and Love How the Gal Dem Flex by Buju Banton.

9. Bookshelf Riddim

This is a popular riddim, first introduced in 1998, by the famous Tony Kelly. You will find it in Deport Dem (Sean Paul), BookShelf (by Beenie Man), and Dat Sexy Body by Sasha.

  1. Sleng Teng Riddim

This is the last Dancehall riddim we will be going to discuss here. It was first introduced in 1985 by King Jammy. The most famous songs, we have grown up hearing with this rhythm are as follows:

  • Call the Police (John Wayne)
  • Sleng Teng (Wayne Smith)
  • Pumpkin Belly (Tenor Saw)

A Dancehall artist might use any one of these riddims, or create a new one, it’s up to their choice. And these are not the only ones available for use, there’s always more. We may discuss these riddims in detail in another blog. But that’s the end of the discussion on Dancehall, now, we will be moving towards another genre, Reggae.

Like Dancehall, Reggae also has a plethora of different riddims suited for particular situations. These riddims can be altered slightly or completely, according to the song’s demands.

So, without further ado, let’s go through some Reggae riddims together:

  1. Real rock

It is the most universal and popular riddim ever used in the history of Reggae. It’s playful, fun, and provides an unforgettable experience, and the tune is quite catchy. The most popular song that uses it is “Stop The Fussing And Fighting”.

2. Answer/ Never Let Go

Ah yes, the beautiful tune that often speaks to the heart of the listeners. It is a massive riddim with an equally massive application, in both Dancehall and Reggae. It was reiterated in many songs, by numerous famous artists. Some of the popular renditions include Answer My Question by Dillinger.

3. Heavenless

It is another riddim that is a fan favorite among Reggae Artists, especially in the 1980s. It is older than that, some experts believe it to be from 1967. Johnny Osbourne did a great job with his amazing song Murderer.

4. Sleng Teng (yes this is used both in Reggae and Dancehall)

Sleng Teng leans heavily on electronic and digital media and is popular worldwide. It is also used in other genres, such as Dubstep, among others. Some of the songs that fall into the Reggae category include Red Eye Lover (Carl Meeks).

5. Shank I Sheck

It is actually from a Ska album and is used in numerous projects, for example, If You Only Know.

6. Mad Mad

This groovy number (also known as Diseases Riddim), and Alton Ellis lent his voice to it, rendering it for usage in numerous songs, including Diseases by Michigan and Smiley.

7. Punanny

It is another example resonating with digital media-based music, and an example of this song will be Needle Eye Pum Pum sung by Shabba Ranks.

8. Stalag

An instrumental bit that lends a degree of stability and sensitivity to different albums. Ring the Alarm effectively uses this Riddim to the max.

9. African Beat

In Under Mi Sensi, you can see the influence of African Beat.

10. Taxi

Taxi is an homage to an old Cuban music track and is still used in numerous albums today. Prophecy by Little Roy is the best example of this riddim.

So, do you like our topic today? You can mention your favorite ones too.

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