Ini Kamoze’s 1994 Hit ‘Here Comes the Hotstepper’ #1 on iTunes Top 100 Reggae Songs Chart

Saturday, May 18, 2024, 12:02 AM

Three decades after its release, Ini Kamoze’s hit single Here Comes the Hotstepper continues to garner attention. The 1994 hit, joined by songs by Bob Marley & The Wailers, Lila Iké, H.E.R, YG Marley, Shaggy, Rayvon, and Tropidelic, Iration & The Elovaters, make up the top 9 of iTunes’ top 100 Reggae songs on Friday, March 17.

9. Is This Love – Legendary Reggae group Bob Marley & The Wailers are featured several times on iTunes’ Top 100 and appears in the top 10 with their song Is This Love. Released in 1978, Is This Love was one of ten tracks on Bob Marley & The Wailers’ album Kaya.

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The song remains the album’s most successful track and has been featured in several movies throughout the years, such as 50 First Dates, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

8. One Love / People Get Ready

Bob Marley & The Wailers make their second appearance on this list with their song One Love / People Get ReadyOne Love first appeared on the album The Wailing Wailers, which was the Reggae group’s debut album, though it was not technically a studio album.

The song was later re-recorded and released on the 1977 album Exodus under the title One Love/People Get Ready.

7. Angel

Shaggy released his hit Angel, featuring Rayvon, in the year 2000. The song was one of multiple standout tracks on the artiste’s Hot Shot album, such as Keep’n It Real.

The song creatively samples Steve Miller Band’s single The Joker and interpolates Angel of the Morning by Chip Taylor.

6. Survival

One of the youngest artistes on this list, YG Marley, appears next with his latest release, Survival. The track is YG’s second single and follows his successful debut single, Praise Jah In the Moonlight.

Survival was released on May 14 and, like Praise Jah In the Moonlight, features a sample from his grandfather, Bob Marley. The track samples both the lyrics and the riddim from Marley’s Ambush In The Night.

5. Praise Jah In the Moonlight

Praise Jah In the Moonlight has garnered international attention for YG, who made his musical debut in 2023 with the single. YG self-released the song on December 27 and rose into the top 20 of Billboard’s Global 200 chart.

4. Floating

Floating is a joint release from Reggae, Hip-Hop, and Funk band Tropidelic, Reggae/Pop group Iration, and Reggae Rock band The Elovators. Floating was released on May 17, and the three American bands’ collaboration on the single exemplifies Reggae’s global impact following its inception in Jamaica decades ago.

3. He Loves Us Both 

Jamaican Reggae singer Lila Iké holds the #3 spot with her new release, He Loves Us Both, which features American R&B singer H.E.R. The song is the first collaboration between both artistes and was released on May 16.

He Loves Us Both is the first single released from Lila’s upcoming debut album, scheduled for release later this year.

2. Three Little Birds

Released in 1977, Three Little Birds stands as one of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ most recognisable tracks. After being featured on  Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Exodus album, Three Little Birds was later re-released as a single in 1980.

1. Here Comes the Hotstepper

Here Comes the Hotstepper propelled Ini Kamoze’s career to new heights in the 1990s, and the artiste’s album of the same name rose to the top of the Billboard Reggae Albums chart in 1995. The single itself went multi-platinum and topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

The song has two versions with two music videos, notably, despite the song being consistently in the top quarter of the listing, the song’s jump to number one has surprised many.

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Note that the iTunes Reggae singles list changes daily.





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