A Caribbean music playlist that will take you to the beach


Next to smell, there is nothing like music to evoke memories. So while we can’t bring you the scent of frangipani (or even sunscreen), these 15 songs capture memories of times spent relaxing on Caribbean beaches, drinking rum drinks at the bars of the complex and dancing at sunset on party boats.

Of course, the whole list could be tunes from Bob Marley and the Wailers – and we really wouldn’t have a problem listening to Bob all day – but we’ve chosen to include a range of songs you’ve almost certainly heard though. you went there. the Caribbean over the past few decades, but you may not know much about the artist or even the name of the song playing the background of your vacation on the island. Big up to all artists and hope the music brings you back to some great times in the Caribbean!

Hot Hot Hot – Arrow

Thanks to MTV, many older Americans are more familiar with the remake of this song by David Johansen (like Buster Poindexter) than the original. But the song was born from the genius of Arrow, a calypso and soca star from the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat.

Bam Bam – Sister Nancy

Jamaican dancehall singer pioneer Sister Nancy recorded this slow-burning classic in 1982.

Sean Paul – Temperature

Kingston, Jamaica rapper Sean Paul topped the international charts with the catchy beat of this dancehall hit from 2005.

Three Little Birds – Bob Marley and the Wailers

We literally could have included this band’s entire catalog on the roster – One Love, Buffalo Soldier, Jammin ‘, Redemption Song (my favorite). But if there’s one song you’re almost guaranteed to hear on any day in the Caribbean, this is it.

The Boat Ride Anthem – Jason Benn and Pelf

We challenge you to sit still when that soca song begins to play and the victory begins on a party cruise in the Caribbean.

Dollar Wine – Colin Lucas

I hear this song and immediately think of a conga line. Listen carefully and Trini soca artist Colin Lucas will even teach you to ‘ride the road’. Perhaps even more popular was the Soca Boys’ faster tempo remake under the title “One Cent, Five Cent, Ten Cent, Dollar” a few years later.

The More They Come – Jimmy Cliff

This song and the film of the same name are widely credited with bringing reggae to the world.

Night nurse – Gregory Isaacs

The velvet voice of Gregory Issacs propels this laid back hymn to sexual healing.

Follow the Leader – Soca Boys

Put your hands in the air and follow that typical Caribbean touch on the electric slide.

Jump in the Line – Harry Belafonte

“Shake, shake, Señora” remains an irresistible call on the dance floor almost 60 years after Jamaican-American legend Harry Belafonte recorded this catchy calypso song.

It wasn’t me – Shaggy

Shaggy’s unmistakable singing style makes any of his songs instantly recognizable, including this compelling story of a playa getting caught.

Devil Hunt – Max Romeo

You may or may not know this as the song “Put on the Iron Shirt”. Jamaican reggae artist Max Romeo says the shirt represents the strength of human spirit needed to “drive the devil” – possibly into space.

You don’t love me (no, no, no) – Dawn Penn

Sixties rocksteady artist Dawn Pen made a worldwide comeback with this alluring dancehall song in 1994.

Large Bamboo – Horace Peterkin

Does anything say a Caribbean vacation like a calypso ode to sexual prowess sung by the CEO (Horace Peterkin) of a Sandals resort in Jamaica? We don’t think so.

Pressure Drop – Toots and the Maytals

This 1969 song by one of the kings of Jamaican ska and rocksteady music made The Harder They Come soundtrack to world fame, and is still commonly found on playlists at Caribbean resorts. The title of the song refers to the drop in barometric pressure that occurs as a hurricane approaches.

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