Toppa Top 10: Ten Soca Songs That Crossed Over

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July 24, 2014

Words by Jesse Serwerโ€”


Soca has only palanced its way into the mainstream on a handful of occasions since it first developed in Trinidad some 40 years ago. In light of Bunji Garlinโ€™s recent success bringing unadulterated Carnival music to the fore with โ€œDifferentologyโ€โ€”as well as the 10th anniversary of Kevin Lyttleโ€™s ascension into the upper echelons of the pop charts with โ€œTurn Me Onโ€โ€”hereโ€™s a look at some of socaโ€™s most notable crossover hits.

*This is not a countdown of the most popular soca songs across the Caribbean. The main guideline used in selecting these songs is: Do people whoโ€™ve never been to a soca party or a soca-producing country know them? Hence the absence of such pan-Caribbean classics as โ€œDollar Wineโ€ and โ€œTiny Winey.โ€