Shock On! 12 More Awesome Reggae Covers Of Classic Songs

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6. David Isaacs “Leaving on a Jet Plane”

Not even John Denver can hide for cover. Or at least from being covered by David Isaacs. Denver wrote this song, which was famously performed by folksy trio, Peter Paul & Mary in 1966. It was Peter Paul & Mary’s only number-one hit on Billboard.

 

5. Toots and the Maytals “Squeeze Box”

The Who put out “Squeeze Box” in 1975. Squeeze box is technically slang for accordion, but uh…we get it. Legendary reggae group Toots and the Maytals first formed in 1963 as a Ska band. “Toots” Hibbert and his crew made recorded their version so you can “play it all night cause the music’s alright.”

 

4. Phyllis Dillon “Love the One You’re With”

Queen of Jamaican Soul Phyllis Dillon makes us love fall in love with this song all over again. Phyllis played a big part in shifting Ska sound to the slower, soulful beat of rocksteady. “Love the One You’re With” was written and performed on Steven Stills 1970 solo release. Stills’ lyrics were inspired by organist Billy Preston’s mantra “If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with.”