Toppa Top 10: Ten Jamaicans Who Topped the Billboard Hot 100

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July 17, 2015


Bob Marleyโ€”I Shot the Sheriffย  (1974)*
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Bob Marley never had a No. 1 single as an artist. Amazingly, the only Wailers song to ever reach the singles chart in the US was “Roots, Rock, Reggae,” which peaked at No. 51 in 1976. But his โ€œI Shot the Sheriffโ€ did hit No. 1 in September, 1974โ€”when it was covered by UK rock legend Eric Clapton. Speaking of covers of legendary Jamaican singers, Blondie also hit No. 1 on January 31, 1981 with โ€œThe Tide is High,โ€ originally recorded by the Paragons, with John Holt on lead. (He also wrote the song). โ€”Jesse Serwer