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

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July 17, 2015

Maxi Priest – Close To You (1990)

Maxi Priest, who was born to Jamaican parents in the U.K., saw the lead single from his album Bonifide top the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for one week, on October 6, 1990. Known for his R&B-tinged reggae fusion, this hit helped cement his status as an international pop star following a handful of lesser, but perhaps equally memorable hits, like his covers of Cat Stevens’ “Wild World” and Rod Stewartโ€™s “Some Guys Have All The Luck.” Though he never had another No. 1 hit, Maxi has remained a player in the reggae world, from his 1996 collaboration with Shaggy, “That Girl” to his well-received 2014 studio album Easy To Love on VP Records. โ€”Kieran Meadows