5. Notch, “Verme”
This Spanish/English ragga-soca tune from Cuban-Jamaican singer Notch is just one of those songs. Something about the spare hand drums and synth chords on the riddim seems to conjure up long days and endless blue skys. Not sure it didn’t become a worldwide hit on the order of “Gasolina” but if you could collect royalties off picnic boombox spins, Notch would be a rich man.