“Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1973)

One thing that’s helped Bob Marley’s music stay relevant for nearly five decades is the fact that his songs are so catchy. You don’t have to be familiar with Rastafarian ideology to enjoy even his explicitly religious/political songs. As one would expect from someone who studied ’60s American soul very closely and specifically the music… Read More “Get Up, Stand Up” by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1973)

“Everybody” by The Jacksons (1980)/”Everybody” by Madonna (1982)/”Everybody” by Anthony Hamilton (2005)

Three different songs; celebrating community in sort of different ways. The Jacksons’ “Everybody” is buried at the end of side one on Triumph, their first album since Michael exploded with Off The Wall. It’s the song that sounds most like a Michael solo track, specifically Off The Wall’s “Get On The Floor” (which closes side… Read More “Everybody” by The Jacksons (1980)/”Everybody” by Madonna (1982)/”Everybody” by Anthony Hamilton (2005)

“Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1980)

“Could You Be Loved” was the linchpin of a concerted effort to break Bob Marley to a Black American audience. Although the reggae king enjoyed worldwide acclaim for nearly a decade’s worth of albums by the time of 1980’s Uprising, he still wasn’t well-known beyond the progressive white rock community and the Caribbean-American community. While… Read More “Could You Be Loved” by Bob Marley & The Wailers (1980)