Maestro Maven - 2000s Reggae
Top 11 Singles List...
After the experiment in the 90s where producers tried to export reggae to the West, the novelty of the exoticism quickly wore off and the result back in Jamaica was a subtle sundering of styles. In the 2000s, reggae began to divide its interests between reviving the political messages of repatriation from the Bob Marley era or pushing into the nightclubs in the West with hard dancehall beats and flashy personas. I believe that the best artists from this current era primarily focus on conscious reggae and meaningful messages but still get the crowd worked up with some hard tracks. Balance and fusion is likely important to the future of the musical genre. This list is what I consider to be the top eleven singles from the 2000s, but there have been tons of amazing riddims, so this list could be extended. The selections are listed in chronological order based on release date, starting with the earliest. Also, if you are looking for Sizzla, Capleton, Richie Spice or Turbulence, then you can find lists devoted to them on this site in the XHT Music section.