The band's hit is the latest in a long line of reggae top 10s. Plus, Maroon 5's career sales and Father's Day music fun facts
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MAGIC!'s 'RUDE' REVIVES REGGAE
I'm thinking that MAGIC! will advance to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 before too long with "Rude," and with its fun lyrics of a determined romantic. It might even surpass "One More Night" as the reggae tune with most weeks at No. 1 (nine) … if Maroon 5 holds that record in the first place …?
(And for goodness sake, let the guy marry who he wants.)
Just as summer starts, a new reggae hit is on the radio, making for a perfect mix of song and season.
With "Rude" up 8-7 on the Hot 100, let's look back at some of the biggest reggae hits that have previously reached the top 10:
Johnny Nash, "I Can See Clearly Now," No. 1 (four weeks), 1972 (and one other top 10)
Eric Clapton, "I Shot the Sheriff," No. 1 (one week), 1974 (written by Bob Marley)
Musical Youth, "Pass the Dutchie," No. 10, 1983
UB40, "Red Red Wine," No. 1 (one week), 1988; "Can't Help Falling in Love," No. 1 (seven weeks), 1993 (and two other top 10s)
Maxi Priest, "Close to You," No. 1 (one week), 1990 (and one other top 10; his debut hit, 1988's No. 25-peaking cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World," is much closer to his core reggae sound)
Snow, "Informer," No. 1 (seven weeks), 1993 (a key hit in the ascent of dancehall reggae)
Inner Circle, "Bad Boys," No. 8, 1993 (aka, the theme from Fox's "Cops")
Big Mountain, "Baby, I Love Your Way," No. 6, 1994
Ini Kamoze, "Here Comes the Hotstepper," No. 1 (two weeks), 1994
Shaggy, "It Wasn't Me," No. 1 (two weeks), "Angel," No. 1 (one week), 2001 (and one other top 10)
Sean Paul, "Get Busy," No. 1 (three weeks), 2003 (seven other top 10s, including two other No. 1s)
Other top 40 Hot 100 reggae hits (courtesy of the invaluable, encyclopedic mind of Billboard associate charts production manager Alex Vitoulis): Diana King's "Shy Guy" (No, 13, 1995); Mr. President's "Coco Jamboo" (No. 21, 1997); and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers' "Tomorrow People" (No. 39, 1988); notably, reggae king Bob Marley charted just one hit as an artist on the Hot 100 (aside from his No. 1 writing credit on Clapton's "Sheriff"): "Roots, Rock, Reggae" hit No. 51 in 1976.
Vitoulis also notes the number of rock acts that have incorporated reggae, such as the Police, with songs like "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da" (No. 10, 1981), as well as Blondie with "The Tide Is High" (No. 1, one week, 1981). The rock/reggae fusion has continued with such bands as Sublime and 311.
MAGIC! lead singer Nasri Atweh has built a largely pure-pop resume, having co-written hits for Justin Bieber ("As Long as You Love Me") and Pitbull ("Feel This Moment"). He told Billboard in the June 21 issue, however, that, "Four or five years ago, I want[ed] to do this Police thing. So we did this song 'Mama Didn't Raise No Fool,' which is on our upcoming album ['Don't Kill the Magic']. For years, everybody would say, 'That song is crazy. You should do this style.' I'd go, 'I'll never find the right musicians.' But, I met [MAGIC! guitarist Mark Pelli] and the rest is history."
As for Maroon 5's "One More Night," I wouldn't count it as pure reggae, but reggae-influenced pop, similar to, say, Matthew Wilder's "Break My Stride" (No. 5, 1984) or No Doubt's "Underneath It All," featuring Lady Saw (No. 3, 2002; with Wilder having produced No Doubt's No. 23 1996 hit "Just a Girl").
And, thus, concludes my (Jimmy) Cliff's Notes version of reggae's place in pop chart history.
Speaking of Maroon 5 …