1 Stalag Riddim (1973)

Stalag Riddim 311 tunes
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Original tune:
Ansell Collins - Stalag 17 (1973)

The Stalag Riddim was created in 1973 by Winston Riley. It was named after the 1953 war film 'Stalag 17'. After the original performance by Ansell Collins, the riddim was used a lot of times.

Some well known examples are Sister Nancy's 1982 hit 'Bam Bam' and Tenor Saw's 1985 hit 'Ring The Alarm'.

Sister Nancy - Bam Bam (1982)
Tenor Saw - Ring The Alarm (1985)

2 Taxi Riddim (1975)

Taxi Riddim 281 tunes
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Original tune:
Little Roy - Prophecy (1975)

The origins of the Taxi Riddim can be traced back to the 1930 Cuban Song 'El Manisero' (or 'The Peanut Vendor' in English), by Don Azpiaz├║ and His Havana Casino Orchestra. It was made into a riddim in 1975 by the brothers Maurice and Melvin Jackson. The first sing using the riddim was 'Prophecy' by Little Roy.

Later examples of the riddim are a 1989 version by Steely & Clevie and a 2007 version by Sly & Robbie.

Anthony Malvo - Echoes Of My Mind (1989)
Mitch - Transporter (2007)

3 Storm Riddim (1977)

Storm Riddim 254 tunes
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Original tune:
Gregory Isaacs - Storm (1977)

The original version of the Storm Riddim was a 1977 song called 'Storm' by Gregory Isaacs. The other examples are a 1991 version by King Jammy and a 1995 version by The Firehouse Crew.

Pinchers - Hold Me (1991)
Beenie Man & Silver Cat - Chronic (1995)

4 Far East Riddim (1973)

Far East Riddim 160 tunes
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Original tune:
Rolando Alphonso - Jah Shakey (1973)

Rolando Alphonso's 1973 'Jah Shakey' was the first tune on the Far East Riddim, produced by Coxsone Dodd.

The riddim was known as the Jah Shakey Riddim, and for a while as the Rockers Hop Riddim, until the 1978 hit 'Far East' by Barry Brown. Another example is 'Oppressors Oppression', performed in 1979 by Sugar Minott.

Barry Brown - Far East (1978)
Sugar Minott - Oppressors Oppression (1979)

5 Satta Massagana Riddim (1968)

Satta Massagana Riddim 148 tunes
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Original tune:
Carlton And The Shoes - Happy Land (1968)

The story behind the Satta Massagana Riddim is a remarkable one. Its original tune by The Abyssinians was recorded in 1969 by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. Coxsone Dodd didn't like it though, and decided not to release it. The Abyssinians recorded some other works and used the money to buy the master recording of Satta Massagana from Studio One. They released it themselves in 1971 and it turned out to be an enormous success.

There have been a lot of different versions of this riddim. For example a 1975 version by Augustus Pablo and a 1998 version by Screwdriver.

Augustus Pablo - Pablo Satta (1975)
Screwdriver - God And King (1998)

6 Cherry Oh Baby Riddim (1971)

Cherry Oh Baby Riddim 145 tunes
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Original tune:
Eric Donaldson - Cherry Oh Baby (1971)

Cherry Oh Baby was Eric Donaldson's song that won the 1971 Jamaican Festival Song Competition.

The riddim was used lots of times, for example by UB40 in 1983 and by Shaka Samba in 1992.

UB40 - Cherry Oh Baby (1983)
Shaka Shamba - Reggae Fight (1992)

7 Things And Time Riddim (1970)

Things And Time Riddim 125 tunes
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Original tune:
The Wailing Souls - Back Out With It (1970)

Yet another Studio One riddim. The first song on the Things And Time Riddim was performed by The Wailing Souls in 1970, and it was called 'Back Out With It'. The Wailing Souls recorded another song over a Channel One version of the riddim in 1974, called 'Things And Time'. This would give the riddim its current name.

A different example of the riddim is the 1999 version created by Donovan Germain.

The Wailing Souls - Things And Time (1974)
Beres Hammond & Buju Banton - Pull It Up (1999)

8 No Warrior Riddim (1979)

No Warrior Riddim 117 tunes
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Original tune:
Junior Delgado - The Raiders (1979)

The first tune on the No Warrior Riddim was actually the 1979 tune 'The Raiders' by Junior Delgado. Because the chorus contained the catchy 'We No Want No Warrior', the tune and the riddim were better known as 'No Warrior'. In 1986, Junior Delgado re-recorded the tune over a digital version of the riddim by King Jammy.

Another well known version is 'Father Jungle Rock', recorded by Nicodemus in 1982.

Nicodemus - Father Jungle Rock (1982)
Junior Delgado - No Warrior (1986)

9 Youthman Riddim (1977)

Youthman Riddim 93 tunes
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Original tune:
Glenroy Richards - Wicked Can't Run Away (1977)

The story behind the Youthman Riddim is a tragic one. The riddim was created in 1977 by Glen Brown and its first tune was 'Wicked Can't Run Away' by Glenroy Richards.

Just a couple of months later, on January 5th 1978, Glenroy Richards, amongst 4 others, lost his life in the Green Bay massacre. The 5 men were lured to the Green Bay Firing Range, ambushed, and shot to death by the Jamaica Defence Force.

Tappa Zukie recorded 'Green Bay Murder' over the riddim to protest the controversial event. The riddim became popular known as the Green Bay Killing Riddim. It got his current name in 1979 after Wayne Jarrett's hit 'Youthman'.

Tappa Zukie - Green Bay Murder (1978)
Wayne Jarrett - Youthman (1979)

10 A Love I Can Feel Riddim (1970)

A Love I Can Feel Riddim 87 tunes
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Original tune:
John Holt - A Love I Can Feel (1970)

The A Love I Can Feel Riddim is another Studio One creation. Its first use was John Holt's 1970 'A Love I Can Feel'.

Other great examples are Beres Hammond with 'Tempted To Touch' over a 1991 version of the riddim created by Donovan Germain & Dave Kelly, and Jennifer Lara's 'Touch Me All Over', using a 1992 version of the riddim by King Jammy.

Beres Hammond - Tempted To Touch (1991)
Jennifer Lara - Touch Me All Over (1992)

11 He Prayed Riddim (1973)

He Prayed Riddim 85 tunes
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Original tune:
Burning Spear - He Prayed (1973)

The He Prayed Riddim was created by Studio One in 1973, the first release being 'He Prayed' by Burning Spear.

In the same year, Lee Scratch Perry made a version of the riddim. Dillinger's 'Dub Organiser' proved to be a big hit over this riddim. Another example is the 1997 version of the riddim by Bobby Digital.

Dillinger - Dub Organiser (1973)
Sizzla & Capleton - Babylon A Use Dem Brain (1997)

12 Freedom Blues Riddim (1970)

Freedom Blues Riddim 70 tunes
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Original tune:
Roy Richards - Freedom Blues (1970)

The Freedom Blues Riddim was created in 1970 by Coxsone Dodd. It was first used for 'Freedom Blues' by Roy Richards.

Tappa Zukie had his own version of the riddim in 1976, for his tune 'M.P.L.A.'. Another example is the 1994 version by Phillip Burrell.

Tappa Zukie - M.P.L.A. (1976)
Sizzla & Shadow Man - It's Not Over (1994)

13 Mr. Bassie Riddim (1971)

Mr. Bassie Riddim 65 tunes
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Original tune:
Horace Andy - Mr. Bassie (1971)

The Mr. Bassie Riddim is a 1971 Studio One riddim. The first tune released on it was 'Mr. Bassie' by Horace Andy.

Other examples of this riddim are Barrington Levy's 'Teach The Youths' and Luciano's 'Blast Off Go A Moon'.

Barrington Levy - Teach The Youths (1986)
Luciano - Blast Off Go A Moon (2000)

14 College Rock Riddim (1972)

College Rock Riddim 61 tunes
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Original tune:
Big Willie - College Rock (1972)

Coxsone Dodd created the College Rock Riddim in 1972 for Big Willie's 'College Rock'.

U Brown's 'Mr. Music Man' was a big hit on the riddim in 1978. Another great example is 'Stop The Blood Shed' by Yami Bolo.

U Brown - Mr. Music Man (1978)
Yami Bolo - Stop The Blood Shed (1999)

15 Ballistic Affair Riddim (1976)

Ballistic Affair Riddim 59 tunes
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Original tune:
Leroy Smart - Ballistic Affair (1976)

The Ballistic Affair Riddim was created in 1976 by Jo Jo Hookim, for Leroy Smart's hit 'Ballistic Affair'.

There have been a lot of different versions in the following year, including Dennis Brown's 'You Don't Love Me' and Carlton Livingston's 'Rasta Corner'.

Dennis Brown - You Don't Love Me (1995)
Carlton Livingston - Rasta Corner (2019)

16 Declaration Of Rights Riddim (1976)

Declaration Of Rights Riddim 55 tunes
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Original tune:
The Abyssinians - Declaration Of Rights (1976)

The Declaration Of Rights Riddim was created in 1976 by Coxsone Dodd for a tune called 'Declaration Of Rights', performed by The Abyssinians. In the same year, Bunny Striker Lee created his version of the riddim for a cover of that song by Johnny Clarke.

A lot of different versions of the riddim where created over the years, one of the most recent ones being a 2007 version.

Johnny Clarke - Declaration Of Rights (1976)
Jah Mason - Don't Lose Your Sanity (2007)

17 Java Riddim (1972)

Java Riddim 50 tunes
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Original tune:
Augustus Pablo - Java (1971)

The Java Riddim was created in 1971 by Clive Chin and Augustus Pablo. The first tune was 'Java' by Augustus Pablo. 1973 saw the release of 'Hospital Trolley' by I-Roy over the same version of the riddim.

An example of a more recent version of the riddim is the 2003 version created by Bobby Digital.

I-Roy - Hospital Trolley (1973)
Singing Melody - Drive Me Crazy (2003)

18 Skylarking Riddim (1972)

Skylarking Riddim 47 tunes
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Original tune:
Horace Andy - Skylarking (1972)

The Skylarking Riddim was originally used for Horace Andy's 1972 song 'Skylarking'. After that it was used for a lot of other songs, including Tappa Zukie's 'Stop The Gun Shooting' and Anthony Malvo's 'Dancehall Fever'.

Tappa Zukie - Stop The Gun Shooting (1976)
Anthony Malvo - Dancehall Fever (2000)

19 Fever Riddim (1972)

Fever Riddim 40 tunes
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Original tune:
Horace Andy - Fever (1972)

The first tune on the 1972 Fever Riddim was 'Fever' by Horace Andy. Examples of more modern versions of the riddim are 'Love Fever' by Mad Cobra and 'Mama Pray' by General Smiley & Sound Dimension.

Mad Cobra - Love Fever (1991)
General Smiley & Sound Dimension - Mama Pray (1998)

20 Black Cinderella Riddim (1972)

Black Cinderella Riddim 37 tunes
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Original tune:
Errol Dunkley - Black Cinderella (1972)

The Black Cinderella Riddim was created in 1972 by Jimmy Radway. Its first tune was 'Black Cinderella' by Errol Dunkley.

Other examples of this riddim are 'Black Cinderella' by Dennis Brown and 'My Black Queen' by Ginjah.

Dennis Brown - Black Cinderella (1998)
Ginjah - My Black Queen (2006)