Rocksteady Playlist

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(Clockwise) The Jamaicans, Delroy Wilson and Phyllis Dillon

Rocksteady emerged in the wake of ska and lasted for only three years (1965-68), but produced a flood of singers and harmony groups such as Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Desmond Dekker, Ken Boothe and The Heptones, who recorded classic songs that are still being covered.

Here we have compiled a playlist featuring some of the hits of the era, with iTunes links to purchase. Enjoy!

  1. Rocksteady – Alton Ellis
  2. I’m Still In Love – Alton Ellis
  3. Steppin Razor – The Wailers
  4. Tougher Than Tough – Derrick Morgan
  5. The Loser – Derrick Harriot
  6. Everything I Own – Ken Boothe
  7. Puppet On A String – Ken Boothe
  8. Take It Easy – Hopeton Lewis
  9. Groovin’ – Hopeton Lewis
  10. The Tide Is High – The Paragons
  11. Wear You To The Ball – The Paragons
  12. Book Of Rules – The Heptones
  13. Games People Play – Bob Andy
  14. To Sir With Love – Lynn Tait & The Jets
  15. Once Upon A Time – Delroy Wilson
  16. Perfidia – Phyllis Dillon
  17. Ba Ba Boom – The Jamaicans
  18. Stick By Me – John Holt
  19. Rivers of Babylon – The Melodians
  20. Pressure Drop – The Maytals
  21. You Don’t Love Me (No No No) – Dawn Penn
  22. Intensified – Desmond Dekker & The Aces
  23. My Jamaican Girl – The Gaylads
  24. You Don’t Care – The Techniques
  25. Loving Pauper – Dobby Dobson