Toppa Top 10: Ten Quintessential British Lovers Rock Tunes

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September 27, 2011

Words by Jesse Serwer, Eddie STATS and Martei Korley

With a documentary about the hidden history of lovers rock coming out this week (in U.K. theaters only, naturally), a primer on this somewhat misunderstood sub-genre seemed in order. At its heart, lovers rock is two things, a distinctly British musical movement which developed and evolved in London’s Caribbean communities in the 1970s, and the “Quiet Storm” to reggae’s R&B, a mellower version of the basic blueprint that developed expressly for intimate occasions, slow dancing or perhaps melancholic daydreaming about that one that got away. While the sound was re-transmitted back to the original source in Jamaica by artists who came to England to record or just fell in love with the soundโ€”Sugar Minott, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and Al Campbell, to name a fewโ€”we’ve focused this list on those British artists who most embodied the style.