Omar Riley popularly known as Tarrus Riley is an American Jamaican reggae musician and associate of Rastafari movement. Tarrus Riley songs are loved in the reggae and dancehall scene because the artist creates his art in a manner that does not conform to the mainstream ways.
Tarrus Riley was born in the Bronx, New York City and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. He started singing at a tender age. With a veteran musician for a father, Riley already had enough inspiration to test the musical waters. He began recording as a teenager and released his debut album, ‘Challenges’ in 2004.
Riley’s discography is impressive. The artist releases award-winning songs and albums that leave fans asking for more. He covers diverse topics in his music. The reggae and dancehall star talks about romance, living the good life, love for his country Jamaica, social issues like drug use and gender violence, unity, and African people. Among the awards Riley has won include Caribbean-American Heritage Awards, Reggae Academy Awards, Jamaica Observer Artiste of the Year and Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards. The following are the top 20 Tarrus Riley Songs of all time.
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- 1 1. Don’t Come Back – Tarrus Riley
- 2 2. Gimmie Likkle One Drop – Tarrus Riley
- 3 3. Liv Up – Tarrus Riley
- 4 4. Sorry Is A Sorry Word – Tarrus Riley
- 5 5. She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley
- 6 6. Superman
- 7 7. Good Girl Gone Bad – featuring Konshens
- 8 8. To The Limit – Tarrus Riley
- 9 9. Stay With You – Tarrus Riley
- 10 10. Cool Me Down – Tarrus Riley
- 11 11. Karma – Tarrus Riley
- 12 12. Start A New – Tarrus Riley
- 13 13. Human Nature
- 14 14. Nobody Knows – Tarrus Riley
- 15 15. Come Ova -Tarrus Riley
- 16 16. Nah Mek You Mad Me – Tarrus Riley
- 17 17. Just The Way You Are – Tarrus Riley
- 18 18. Dream Woman – Tarrus Riley
- 19 19. Larger Than Life – Tarrus Riley
- 20 20. Guess Who? – Tarrus Riley featuring Mykal Rose
1. Don’t Come Back – Tarrus Riley
This massive hit was the dancehall anthem in 2016. In the song, Riley sings to an ex-lover, telling her not to come back after their relationship ends. His attitude in the song is that of a man who is done with his lover’s shenanigans. He starts the song by bidding her goodbye; ‘Adios Mi Amor’. He urges her to go whenever she feels like going. The song is from Crown Love Riddim.
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2. Gimmie Likkle One Drop – Tarrus Riley
‘Gimmie Likkle One Drop’ was released in 2014 and is off his album ‘Love Situation’. The track which is featured on the Tropical Escape Riddim is a happy song where Riley sings about love and good vibes among other things. The lyrics are melodious and sweet to the ear. The video of the song was shot in open spaces where Riley danced with fans and revellers as he performed in some of his gigs.
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3. Liv Up – Tarrus Riley
‘Liv Up’ can pass as a motivational song. The Jamaican star encourages people to be strong and prove nay-sayers wrong. He asks youth especially from the ghetto to get an education and lay the foundation for their future. He urges youngsters not to give up, but grab the opportunities present. ‘Liv Up’ is just one among many track where Riley has positive messages for his listeners. The track was released in 2014.
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4. Sorry Is A Sorry Word – Tarrus Riley
The 2012 record has Riley ranting about insincere apologies he gets from his woman who keeps making the same mistakes. The track gets emotional as the singer expresses how his feelings have been hurt. ‘Sorry won’t do for me, baby’, he says as he feels his woman fails to keep her word every time she makes a promise. The track is off Live in Love Riddim.
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5. She’s Royal – Tarrus Riley
If there is any romantic song from Jamaica everyone needs to listen to, then it’s ‘She’s Royal’ by Tarrus Riley. The musician pours out his heart and beautifully sings for the love of his life. He incorporated a soft, melodic style in this track, and made everyone fall in love with the Lover’s rock sub-genre. Tarrus has the power of making one enjoy being in love. This hit did that. ‘She’s Royal’ is from his 2006 album, ‘Parables’.
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‘Superman’ is the sixth track from Tarrus Riley’s 2009 album ‘Contagious’. The track was among the biggest hits in that album. He pays tribute to Lois Lane, whom he says made him the man he is today. He sings about the beauty of Lois Lane and his love for her. He promises to be there for her whenever she needs him because she gave him a reason to live.
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7. Good Girl Gone Bad – featuring Konshens
This is another big tune from ‘Contagious’ where Tarrus featured fellow dancehall artiste, Konshens. The two musicians talk about an upright girl who changed her ways for the worst. They sing that daddy’s little princess and mother’s little pearl went astray. The two combined their vocals in this massive hit that ruled radio airwaves in Jamaica in 2009 and 2010. The track also serves as a caution to innocent girls who get carried away by worldly pleasures.
8. To The Limit – Tarrus Riley
In this lovely hit, the dancehall star sings to his woman and confesses to wanting to spend more time with her. His beautiful lines are enchanting and his voice amazing. The track which is 3mins and 38 seconds long is calm and brings one joy at the end of it. The chorus has the most gratifying words. The video was released in 2013.
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9. Stay With You – Tarrus Riley
This classic is the sixth track in Tarrus Riley’s 2006 album, ‘Parables’. The record has old reggae beats and a harmonious Jamaican touch. Tarrus promises to stay with his lover till infinity and says that he will be on her side no matter what. The track is a good joint for lovers who seek assurance and affirmation.
10. Cool Me Down – Tarrus Riley
‘Cool Me Down’ was a club banger in 2015. The track which was featured on Country Bus Riddim is still loved by many since it was released. The musical icon in yet another lover’s rock tune had a way of making men sing praise to the ladies. Tarrus sings that he does not need to love any other person because his current girl is everything he needs. He praises her for being able to make him smile every time she is around and cools him down.
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11. Karma – Tarrus Riley
The track is off Cardiac Strings Riddim. Released in 2011, the song talks about karma like the title suggests. Tarrus tells how Karma pays back when you do wrong unto others. He warns against underestimating what karma is capable of. He also gives advice, cautioning people against breaking hearts, because there will be consequences at the end.
12. Start A New – Tarrus Riley
The track is off the Reggae Gold 2009 album. He sings about having a fresh start in a sweet-toned voice. The musical artiste condemns domestic violence while telling the story of a girl who gets beaten and seduced by her abusive partner. He encourages the girl to leave the abuser, saying that life is too short to endure all the mistreatment. ‘Start A New’ is a hit that has Riley talking about some societal issues.
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13. Human Nature
The fourth track off ‘Contagious’ album is mellifluous in every way. He sings about everyday life and what we encounter in our living. He talks about the hassles of city life, the night and meeting people. The lyrics to Human Nature are simple but touch every nerve in your body. ‘Human Nature’ is a beautiful record.
14. Nobody Knows – Tarrus Riley
One quotable line from this track is the famous ‘Success has many fathers. When you fail, you’re just like an orphan’ phrase. He tells how people ignore you when you are going through a difficult time, but want to be associated with you the minute you win. This track urges people to be strong and to believe in themselves. He also reminds us that nobody owes you anything.
15. Come Ova -Tarrus Riley
Riley has tens of records where he praises the woman he is with while showering her with compliments. In this single, he sings about wanting to be with his girl. He can’t wait for her to come over, as he has plans for her. The track is melodic just like any other Riley love track. It’s beautiful how he makes his lover feel special with his words.
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16. Nah Mek You Mad Me – Tarrus Riley
This track was one of the hits off Sleep With Angels (SWA) Riddim in 2012. Tarrus did not disappoint as he went hard with the vocals and his verses. He sings about being the best he can be. He sings about wanting a love like that of Romeo and Juliet. Riley also touches on relationships which go wrong and continues to say how he wants pure love with true feelings.
17. Just The Way You Are – Tarrus Riley
‘Just The Way You Are’ was more than just a club banger in 2017. The song received great airplay on radio and online platforms. What makes it stand out in the video is how he incorporated media personalities, fellow musicians, Deejays, and random people in the making of the video. He was hailed for doing something distinct and making the video hotter. The message of the track is equally beautiful. He sings about loving his girl the way she is and encourages her not to copy people on TV and magazines but remain real.
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18. Dream Woman – Tarrus Riley
Riley talks about the woman he hopes to spend his life with. The chorus is catchy as he drags the words while singing. He excellently describes what he will do for the woman of his dreams once he finds her. He sings about her intelligence, physical attributes, and her rarity. The 2012 hit was one of the most popular Riley’s jams during that year.
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19. Larger Than Life – Tarrus Riley
The track has a slow relaxing beat that will have you forget about your current situation for a minute. Riley again sings with enthusiasm and ardour that one can feel his energy. The track is from his 2008 album ‘Challenges’. It was again featured on his 2012 album ‘Mecoustic’. Riley seems to be addressing narcissists and people who think that they are better than everyone. He talks about self-centred people who never care about others.
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20. Guess Who? – Tarrus Riley featuring Mykal Rose
Riley blessed his fans with a party track where he featured singer, Mykal Rose. Tarrus is carefree in the jam and brings good party vibes as he sings. Mykal Rose repeats the ‘Guess who’s coming to dinner’ line throughout the entire track, blending with Riley’s style. The two sing about food and dinner, but their delivery is outstanding. The video came out in 2018.
Riley Music is medication for the soul. The Jamaican superstar can be listed as one of the most conscious singers in the dancehall and reggae scenes today. His versatility as an artist is something to be admired. He often collaborates with musicians from other musical genres and makes magic out of his work. Tarrus Riley songs are classics which will never fade.
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