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The 10 Most Popular Reggae Chord Progressions

Here are some popular reggae chord progressions used by many of reggae’s top artist and musicians. This list of reggae chord progressions is by no means an exhausting list.  Reggae Chord Progressions

There are loads more reggae chord progressions! Your imagination is your only limitation. I Will try my best to put up a video showing how the progressions are to be played.  Enjoy! 

 

 

1. Bob Marley used this reggae chord progression on No Woman, No Cry and so have other reggae artists. 

Chords: C major – G major – A minor – F major – C major – G major C major – G major. This reggae chord progression works for the intro, verse, chorus and bridge. 

 

 

2. Peter Tosh used this reggae chord progression on Johnny B. Good. Only two chords are used. 

Chords: E minor – D major. 

This is play over and over. It’s a very, very popular reggae chord progression. 

  

3. UB 40 made this reggae chord progression very popular with Red Red Wine. 

Chords: C# major – F# major – D# minor – G# major. This is done 3 times. Then G# major – F# major – G# major, then start over for chorus and verse. 

Bridge: G# major – C# major – F# major – C# major – G# major – C# major – F# major – G# major. Then back to chorus. 

  

4. Gregory Isaacs used this reggae chord progression on Night Nurse. Just two chords like Tosh’s Johnny B. Good. 

Chords: A minor – G major. Just play them over and over. 

  

5. Third World used the following reggae chord progression on 96 Degrees In The Shade. 

Chords: A minor – G major for the verse. And chorus is C major – G major – A minor, Very, very easy indeed. 

 

6. Jah Cure, T.O.K, Morgan Heritage, Gentleman and many others made this reggae chord progression popular.

Chords: E minor – C major – D major – B minor – C major – A minor – B7 or B minor. Again very popular so learn it!

 

7. This reggae chord progression was made popular by Tyrone Taylor - Cottage In Negril, very sweet chord progression.

Chords: C# major – G# major – F# major – G# major – F# major – F# major – G# major, for the intro.

Chorus and Verse: C# major – G# major – F# major – D# minor – G# major, this is done twice.

Then C# major – F minor – D# minor – G# major, this is done twice then back to chorus.

 

8. This reggae chord progression was made popular by Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars -Billionaire.

Chords: A major – C# 7 – F# minor – E major, this is done twice for the intro.

Then D major – E major – F# minor twice,

Then D major – E major – A major – G# minor – F# minor – E major – D major – C# 7

The verse is the same as the intro. Chorus: A major – B minor. Very Easy!

 

9. This next reggae chord progression was made popular by Bob Marley - Stir It Up.

Chords: A major – D major – E major. Note though, Bob is using the chuck technique here.

 

10. The last reggae chord progression again, was made popular by Bob Marley - One Love.

Chords: B major – F# major – E major – B major – F# major – B major, for the intro.

Then F# major – E major – B major – F# major – B major – E major – B major – F# major – B major – E major – B major – F# major – B major, for the chorus.

Verse: B major – G# minor – E major. That’s it, have fun! For more on reggae chords

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