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50. Beenie Man ft Popcaan, Dre Island – Fun In The Sun 49. Alandon – Tightest 48. Mr Eazi, Dre Skull ft Popcaan – Sekkle & Bop 47. Konshens, Spice, Rvssian – Pay For It 46. Dexta Daps – WiFi 45. Skillibeng, Rich The Kid, Jay Critch – Real Boss 44. Rytikal – Living 43. Shaneil Muir – The Pain 42. Tia, Bounty Killer – Nice Up 41. D’yani ft. Jada Kingdom – Feelings 40. Stalk Ashley ft. Alkaline – Incognito 39. Alkaline – Top Prize 38. Intence, Govana – Public Enemy No. 1 37. Spice – Frenz 36. Sean Paul, Masicka, Skillibeng – Everest 35. Popcaan – Relevant 34. Busy Signal, Bounty Killer – Bang Bung 33. Popcaan ft Beres Hammond – God is Love 32. Aidonia – U Know Di Vibe 31. Govana – Big Dreams 30. Laa Lee – Tip Inna It 29. Moyann, Shenseea – No Limit 28. TeeJay, Tommy Lee Sparta – Power Struggle 27. DJ Khaled ft. Buju Banton, Capleton, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy – Where You Come From 26. Govana – POP 25. Shane O – Dark Lonely Road 24. Projexx, Bakersteez – Bigga League 23. Popcaan – Win 22. Vybz Kartel – African Summer 21. Nvasion, Shaneil Muir – Wicked 20. Jesse Royal ft. Vybz Kartel – Rich Forever 19. Wasp ft. Jahvillani – Time Bomb 18. Blvk H3ro (Black Hero) – It Nuh Easy 17. Skeng – Brrrp 16. Vybz Kartel – Chip Glock 15. 450 – Imperfection 14. Masicka, Tarrus Riley, Dunw3ll – Corner 13. Chronixx – Safe N Sound 12. Skillibeng, Nicki Minaj – Crocodile Teeth (Remix) 11. Masicka – Different Type 10. I Waata – Clip Tall 9. Mavado – Not Perfect 8. Alkaline – Hostage 7. Jah Vinci – Virgin 6. Rytikal – Chosen 5. Nation Boss – Humans 4. Yaksta – Ambition 3. 10Tik – Roll Deep 2. Skillibeng – Coke 1. Spice, Sean Paul, Shaggy – Go Down Deh

We’ve just kicked off the second half of 2021 and we are definitely outside and making up for lost party time! But although most of us spent the majority of the last year indoors, we had the company of good Dancehall music to keep us sane through the toughest of times.

As we anticipate more great singles and several debut albums in the second half of the year, especially as the summer months (and Grammy nomination season) wind down, let’s take a look at what our writers picked as the top 50 Dancehall songs of 2022 so far.

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50. Beenie Man ft Popcaan, Dre Island – Fun In The Sun

Wholesome content. Beenie shared that he received the inspiration for this good vibes Caribbean anthem while visiting his mother’s burial spot in St Elizabeth. “With this song, we are trying to unify or bring more unity to dancehall,” Beenie Man said. Fun In The Sun will appear on Beenie Man’s upcoming album, Simma.

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49. Alandon – Tightest

When in the company of ladies’ men like Konshens and Kemar Highcorn, it comes as no surprise that one of Alandon’s top songs for the year is a song dedicated to women, and worshipping the most inner parts of their bodies. He told DancehallMag that the lyrics were inspired by his current girlfriend, who was previously his side chick.

48. Mr Eazi, Dre Skull ft Popcaan – Sekkle & Bop

Nigerian singer Mr. Eazi excites women to show their best moves in the chorus of the easy-going bubbler by Mixpak record label CEO Dre Skull. Popcaan turns up the tempo a bit in his verse with his distinct unruly bars and unique vocal cords.

47. Konshens, Spice, Rvssian – Pay For It

This modern-day love story features Konshens as a sweet-talking bus conductor pouring out his heart, and potentially his earnings, on Spice – a seemingly self-sufficient and ambitious passenger. The cheeky, fun duet reminded Konshens’s female fans why he is the new Gal Dem Sugar and the transactional concept bodes well in a time when celebrities and fans are turning to OnlyFans.

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46. Dexta Daps – WiFi

Dexta connects with his female fans like a strong broadband connection on this one. Best known for his smoothly expressed content, the ‘Dappadon’ also impressed fans with a futuristic video featuring a sultry vixen and his well-oiled waistline that had Shenseea affirming his prowess on Instagram.

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45. Skillibeng, Rich The Kid, Jay Critch – Real Boss

American Rappers Rich The Kid and Jay Critch flew in early in the new year to team up with Skillibeng in this ‘trap-dancehall’ bop. The video featured luxurious scenes shot at the Geejam Hotel by San San in Port Antonio, at their exclusive hilltop villa Cocosan. It has so far racked up almost two million views on YouTube.

44. Rytikal – Living

The contrast between the easy, breezy chorus and the fast-paced lyrics in the verses ensures that this song has something for everyone. Though he is currently out on bail and expected to return to court at the end of this month on gun-related charges, the Esyde artist continues to top charts.

43. Shaneil Muir – The Pain

Vocalist extraordinaire Shaneil Muir has a way of getting into the heart of even her most hardened critic and delivering her message. She grieves openly for parents who die leaving their young children behind in this soul-gripping ballad.

42. Tia, Bounty Killer – Nice Up

Reggae singer Tia invited Bounty Killer and his friends over to her place for a fun pool party, and a clean, playful party starter was the result.

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41. D’yani ft. Jada Kingdom – Feelings

As a creative way around a musical embargo due to conflict with her previous management team, the Esyde Queen started remixing a number of songs by up-and-coming artists, including this one by DownSound’s D’yani, which was released in May. With the lyric videos’ viewership trending in the millions, enamored fans have since been clamoring for an official music video.

40. Stalk Ashley ft. Alkaline – Incognito

Low-key lovemaking is the topic of conversation in this sultry duet, and it evidently bodes well with both Stalk Ashley and Vendetta fans, as they ate it right up. “Alkaline and Stalk Ashley together spells chemistry,” one fan commented on the stunningly sexy music video, which has been watched almost two million times.

39. Alkaline – Top Prize

As the title track of his 2021 album, Top Prize has a special place in the heart of the Vendetta Boss. “Top Prize is whatever goal you want to achieve,” Alkaline said in an interview. “It’s rising and exceeding expectations. And just enjoy the whole process, the whole journey.”

38. Intence, Govana – Public Enemy No. 1

As the lead track for Intence’s album of the same name, Public Enemy No.1 lived up to expectations. It was only right that the rising star invite 4th Genna family member to collaborate with him on the track, as he paid his respects to those who helped him attain his prominent status. “Yeah man Govi Govi dawg, nuttn change you and ‘diddi (Aidonia) ah di first artiste fi eva put me pon a stage. Strike Force, 4thGenna to mi f—kn grave,” he declares.

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37. Spice – Frenz

Released after a bitter public war of words played out in a series of Instagram lives between Spice, her former dancers, and Nardo ‘RT Boss’ Smith, Frenz was an instant hit among Spice’s fans, whom she now refers to as her ‘besties’. The tale of betrayal was perfectly complemented by a mini-movie on YouTube, which depicted several scenarios in which friends betray each other, including Spice herself.

36. Sean Paul, Masicka, Skillibeng – Everest

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Lyrical shots were being fired from every direction on this tercet. Sean Paul delivers the opening verse and chorus, while Masicka spits more facts on the second verse, and Skillibeng completes the musical mission leaving no survivors.

35. Popcaan – Relevant

In the same vein as Win, Poppy kicked off this year with Relevant, which reminded listeners to not only pursue their dreams relentlessly, but to watch out for disingenuous people on the journey.

34. Busy Signal, Bounty Killer – Bang Bung

With Busy on the ‘bang’ and Bounty on the ‘bung’, this one was destined for greatness from conception. Both lyricists comfortably deliver potent lyrics in this month-old collab, with the Killer shifting amazingly into the commanding deep baritone that he hadn’t brandished in a while. It’s holding its own so far on trending, and is set to be a crowd-pleaser at summer events.

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33. Popcaan ft Beres Hammond – God is Love

Not even Popcaan’s strict Christian mother, Miss Rhona, could resist falling in love with this one. Youthful exuberance met with the wisdom taught by experience in this rare cross-generational smash hit, and it sent chills through the spines of fans around the world. This modern classic is the collab fans didn’t know they needed.

32. Aidonia – U Know Di Vibe

The Genna never fails to deliver when it comes to saucy, breezy bangers. U Know Di Vibe is an ode to ‘outside’, and follows the 4th Genna all around JA — “from Portland to Highgate” — for some much-needed fun. The official video features a leading lady cameo from his “trophy wife”, Kimberly Megan. Coupled with bops like the earlier-released Dat Eazy, Diddy effortlessly reaffirms his dominance as one of the most respected high rollers on the scene.

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31. Govana – Big Dreams

Though he is better known for his often comedic reiterations of relationship matters, the Spanish Town native tells his fans that he too is afflicted by the paranoia that so many others face when they start to rise, and reminds them to be careful of covetous people in their circles. “Dem will kill yuh fi yuh big dreams” he cautions.

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30. Laa Lee – Tip Inna It

Laa Lee’s Tip Inna It went viral as TikTok users ‘dirt bounced’ to the song over 15,000 times. The viral challenge has over 16 million views on the platform, compared to YouTube where the David Island and Everton Gentles music video has 4 million views. Laa Lee has since followed up with the Dirt Bounce single, which features the creator of the dance, Tyreke Pennicott.

29. Moyann, Shenseea – No Limit

The all-girl groups have a new independent ladies anthem this summer. The dancehall princess and her gal pal Moyann remind haters that they’re only going in one direction – up.

28. TeeJay, Tommy Lee Sparta – Power Struggle

“Dem say fi be yourself but when you be yourself them quick fi judge yuh,” is a lyric that clearly resonated with fans of both artists, as this meditative song has remained a staple on the airwaves and charts since it was released in January. With the lyric video so far amassing over six million views on YouTube, TeeJay is on the launchpad for a successful release of his Rags to Riches album next month. Meanwhile, Sparta is serving a three-year prison sentence.

27. DJ Khaled ft. Buju Banton, Capleton, Bounty Killer, Barrington Levy – Where You Come From

If anyone knows how to assemble a team of Jamaican entertainers for a guaranteed hit, it’s DJ Khaled. As the closing track on the 2021 Khaled Khaled album, Where You Come From became a quick summer scorcher from the moment it was released, thanks to the epic vocal range of some of dancehall’s biggest stars.

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26. Govana – POP

Using the incredible storytelling techniques for which he has become known, Govana details the supernatural power that women wield over men. One person aptly comments under the YouTube video, which has racked up over half a million views so far, that “This is dancehall version of “WAP” love it 😍”.

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25. Shane O – Dark Lonely Road

After making his big comeback in 2017, Shane O has been churning out hit after hit. In this latest effort, in which he showed off his never-before-seen skills as a director, Shane O tells the tale of a persistent boy who has to walk a dark, lonely road to success, after being put out by his dad with nothing but the piece of sponge he calls a bed.

24. Projexx, Bakersteez – Bigga League

Projexx, the grandson of one of Dancehall’s greatest producers Lloyd “King Jammy” James, definitely has a gem on his hands with his new easygoing Dancehall/Trap bop Bigga League, featuring Bakersteez.

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23. Popcaan – Win

There is a line in this song for everyone with a goal, and that is perhaps why it hasn’t come off our wake-up playlists since it was dropped at the start of the year. Not to be confused with his 2016 hit We Still A Win, which was more of a flashy party anthem, Win is one of the Unruly Boss’ latest motivational tracks.

22. Vybz Kartel – African Summer

The Worl’ Boss threw his hat in the ring for a playful summer song with this one, and as usual, he didn’t disappoint. While the unsuspecting scroller might assume the song is about a trip to Africa during the summer, the title is just a metaphor for the heat of the lewd, detailed experience that the entertainer promises.

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21. Nvasion, Shaneil Muir – Wicked

After a clip from a performance with him singing the original track went viral on social media, upcoming Dancehall act Nvasion has been riding high on a wave of success for Wicked, which he later remixed with Yamabella hitmaker Shaneil Muir. The ‘battle of the sexes’ context gives the remix a new dimension from the one-sided original, which has been well received by fans.

20. Jesse Royal ft. Vybz Kartel – Rich Forever

As one of the top songs on his released ROYAL album, which was officially released on June 11, Jesse invites the lyrically impeccable Worl’ Boss to add explosive bars to this anthem of resistance and gratitude. The video also features cameo appearances by Like Royalty singers Popcaan and Protoje.

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19. Wasp ft. Jahvillani – Time Bomb

It’s definitely something fresh and out-of-the-box, which is what we have come to expect from Wasp since he made his entrance with Unfair Officer over a decade ago. In this suspenseful new track, he invites Jahvillani to help him diffuse a bomb that’s strapped to Dancehall artist Daniiboo, despite neither of them having a clue what they are doing. The novelty of the concept, video, and lyrics have been received well by fans and critics alike.

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18. Blvk H3ro (Black Hero) – It Nuh Easy

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Borrowing the famous ‘earth a run red’ line from Richie Spice, Blvk H3ro summarizes some of the harsh realities faced by Jamaicans on a daily basis. He cleverly provides social commentary by referencing several chilling news stories over the past few months in the video, such as the murder of 21-year-old- Khanice Jackson.

17. Skeng – Brrrp

Skeng’s carefree laid-back flow has proven to be just what the current dancehall scene likes, and this technique has allowed him to shoot to prominence in less than a year. In addition to Brrrp – whose chorus, by the way, is just that sound – the young musician has other solid tracks like Ypree, Burna, Duppy Dem, and most recently Street Cred.

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16. Vybz Kartel – Chip Glock

Though he has taken a more enlightened path, for the most part, these days, every dancehall fan knows that di teacher gives his most advanced lessons in songs about irreprehensible violence. He excites the minds of his quick-witted students in this killer thriller, and once again proves why there will never be another Adidja Palmer.

15. 450 – Imperfection

It’s not often that you hear a young dancehall artist baring his soul and confessing his deepest insecurities and regrets on a song, but rising talent 450 does just that with lyrical and rhythmic precision. The video, which shows the artist in a vulnerable state of inner turmoil, has racked up almost a million views on YouTube since its release last month.

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14. Masicka, Tarrus Riley, Dunw3ll – Corner

Loyalty – that’s the glue that holds this solid ode to friendship and unity together. With Riley’s soothing vocals on the chorus, Masicka reminds his friends and family that he will be there with them through thick and thin. Produced by Dunw3ll, the groovy track proved to be comforting and timely as the world continues to grapple with the social and economic fall-out that plagued the last year.

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13. Chronixx – Safe N Sound

The ‘Odd Ras’ keeps his foot on the neck of corrupt politicians and capitalists in Safe N Sound, in which he calls for more love and unity in inner-city communities. Chronixx takes no prisoners as the lyrical onslaught also raps the citizens of Jamaica who have been also contributing to moral decay on the island.

12. Skillibeng, Nicki Minaj – Crocodile Teeth (Remix)

E-Syde topman Skilli had the last laugh back in May, after impatient fans and defensive Barbs dragged him for announcing a collab with Nicki Minaj that did not seem to be materializing. But they all had to eat their words when the Trinidad-born rapper dropped the remix on her Beam Me Up Scotty Mixtape, and it debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 100.

11. Masicka – Different Type

Masicka delivers some ‘different type’ of lyrics in this hard-hitting jam. Released two months ago, the video has been gaining steadily at a rate of about a million views per month. Different Type is the first single off Masicka’s debut, upcoming album, 4.3.8.

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10. I Waata – Clip Tall

New wave dancehall lyricist I Waata has had an excellent year so far, and his growing catalogue of hit songs is proof. In Clip Tall, he warns “from yuh diss one, try know yuh diss all. F-kni clip tall. Nuh K nuh response.”

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9. Mavado – Not Perfect

Penned and released while his son Dantay Brooks was awaiting judgment in a murder case, The Gully Gad reminded us that he, too, is human. “Things do happen, it’s not like I planned it…” the entertainer pleaded. The younger Brooks was found guilty a few weeks after the song’s release.

8. Alkaline – Hostage

Also on the Top Prize album are several hit tracks, as expected after the entertainer’s hiatus from the scene. Hostage is one such song, and even without a video, the official audio has garnered nearly four million YouTube plays.

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7. Jah Vinci – Virgin

Former Gaza empire member Jah Vinci caught a powerful second wind in the steamy baby-making Virgin. Released as part of his The World Singer EP, the visuals for the sexy tune alone have amassed over 10 million views so far.

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6. Rytikal – Chosen

Chosen, produced by Dynasty Records on the My Letter to You riddim, allows the fast-rising singer to be vulnerable and vent some of the frustration from his ‘spiritual battle. “People ah go through whole heap a tings so I know this can help them to overcome as well,” the artist told DancehallMag when asked about the creative process that went into the song.

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5. Nation Boss – Humans

The next new artist hoping to deliver a respectable debut single will have a high standard to aim for, after newbie Nation Boss released one of the top songs of the year in Humans. The minimalist video shows the young artist walking a long distance to find a safe, secluded spot to bury his heart, after being hurt multiple times. “We a speak things that people a go through now, in their everyday life,” he told DancehallMag in an interview. “We a work on some singles right now. The same energy, nothing different. The fire just a go get hotter from here. We just a kick the ball off on a positive note.”

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4. Yaksta – Ambition

If parties were a thing when this song was released, it would have been the recipient of at least 5 money pull-ups per session before it could be allowed to play out. In a musical climate that currently glorifies ‘braffing’, and scamming and violence as a means of income, newcomer Yaksta quenched the aural thirst of ambitious youth with this farming, investing, and thrifting anthem. Asked whether he knew Ambition would be his breakout song, Yaksta told DancehallMag in an interview “well, not in particular, regarding the track. But I have been working for this day. It’s just that sometimes a sudden flight, causes a universal impact. Yuh undastan? So everything just crash down pon mi one time and I wasn’t fully ready. But nonetheless, I have to be ready because now is the moment.”

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3. 10Tik – Roll Deep

10Tik’s smooth and deadly delivery is his greatest asset, and he puts it to good use in this effort. Almost 7 million YouTube users agree that there is definitely something addictive about this melodious cruise-worthy jam about loyalty to the end and self-defense. The former firefighter told DancehallMag in an interview that “I talk about the ones who are unspoken, the ones who are marginalized and forgotten. When people listen to my music, it’s going to be personal to them.”

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2. Skillibeng – Coke

The emergency crash landing of a small private plane in Rocky Point, Clarendon earlier this year was all the inspiration Skillibeng needed to not only compose this song declaring that ‘The plane just crash with the coke!’, but also to brazenly film the music video for the song at the site that was still under investigation. It was worth the risk though, as the video hit three million views in three days and is now at the 12 million mark.

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1. Spice, Sean Paul, Shaggy – Go Down Deh

The legendary ‘triple S’ collab has an undeniable chokehold on the summer with this song, and it doesn’t seem to be letting go anytime soon. The chant-like chorus and infectious beat are just the right formula to have the song spending several weeks atop the Reggae/Dancehall iTunes charts, and landed the creators interviews with Jimmy Kimmel, Wendy Williams and on the Breakfast Club. “The fact that I was able to bring this together for dancehall is a big moment for me”, the Queen of Dancehall told DancehallMag in an April interview. “It’s a great energy for all three of us as hitmakers to come together and believe in this song.”

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