As one of the biggest and most popular reggae bands of all time, UB40 have an impressive catalogue of hits under their belt. Here are our picks for the top 10 UB40 songs of all time.
Birmingham reggae icons UB40 are one of the biggest and most successful reggae and pop bands of all time. The band included members such as Ali Campbell, Astro, and Mickey Virtue and has been a major force in the music industry for over four decades.
They have sold over 70 million records worldwide and have received numerous accolades, including a PRS Music Heritage Award and multiple Grammy nominations.
Their unique sound, blending reggae with pop and ska, has earned them a legion of fans and critical acclaim. They have released over 20 studio albums and are best known for their hit single ‘Red Red Wine’.
At Seat Unique, we've compiled a list of the top 10 best UB40 songs of all time. With so many great songs to choose from, it can be tough to pick just 10, but we've tried our best!
Keep reading to find out what they are, as well as how you can secure VIP tickets to see the band live.Register interest in UB40 VIP tickets
Top 10 UB40 Hits of All Time
These are our top picks for the biggest and best-hit songs that UB40 have produced over the years. Each one is a unique and timeless classic, showcasing the band's exceptional talent and versatility.
Whether you're a long-time fan or a newcomer to their music, these hits are sure to impress and captivate you.
10. Don't Break My Heart
At number 10 on our list we have ‘Don't Break My Heart’, one of the hit songs released in 1985 as part of the album ‘Baggariddim'.
The lyrics about a lover's plea not to be hurt, are delivered with a soulful, emotional performance by lead vocalist Ali Campbell. Its upbeat and catchy melody, along with the heartfelt lyrics, make it a beloved tune for fans of UB40 and reggae music.
The song was written by Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue and features a blend of reggae and pop influences. It remains one of UB40's biggest hits, reaching the top 10 in the UK and several other countries.
The song remains a classic of the band's discography and a staple of their live performances.
9. Many Rivers to Cross
Coming in at number 9 is UB40’s soulful reggae rendition of ‘Many Rivers to Cross’, the classic song originally recorded by reggae legend Jimmy Cliff.
UB40's version features powerful vocals, a smooth rhythm and a touching message about perseverance and determination.
The song's rich harmonies and well-crafted instrumentation perfectly complement the poignant lyrics, creating a haunting and unforgettable musical experience.
Whether you're a fan of reggae music or simply appreciate a well-written song, ‘Many Rivers to Cross’ is definitely worth a listen.
UB40's version of the song is a testament to their musical prowess and is a must-have for any music lover's collection. With its moving lyrics and haunting melody, this song is a true masterpiece of the reggae genre.
8. Can't Help Falling in Love
Our 8th pick features another cover, this time of the classic Elvis Presley tune, ‘Can't Help Falling in Love’ from the soundtrack to the movie ‘Silver’.
The song is a lush, romantic ballad that showcases UB40's versatility as a band. With its beautiful melody and emotional lyrics, this song is the perfect love song for anyone looking to make a romantic statement.
The band stayed true to the original melody while adding their own unique touch with a steady reggae beat and signature harmonies.
The vocals are strong and smooth, capturing the romantic essence of the lyrics. The instrumentation is well-crafted, with a focus on the bass and guitar that complement the rhythm.
UB40's version of 'Can't Help Falling in Love' is a fun, upbeat twist on a timeless classic.
7. I Got You Babe
Our number 7 pick is UB40’s most famous collaboration ‘I Got You Babe’. The song is a reggae cover of the classic duet originally performed by Sonny and Cher.
The band's version features lead vocals by Ali Campbell and guest singer Chrissie Hynde. The song is upbeat and cheerful, with a lively reggae beat that perfectly complements the positive lyrics.
The vocal interplay between Campbell and Hynde is smooth and harmonious, and the instrumentation is top-notch, with a focus on the bass and guitar that keep the rhythm tight.
The reggae influence adds a unique twist to the classic duet and sets it apart from other covers and UB40's version of the song is a great example of the band's ability to put their own spin on a timeless song, making it their own and bringing fresh energy to it.
With its fun, light-hearted vibe and catchy melody, ‘I Got You Babe’ is always a crowd-pleaser.
6. Sing Our Own Song
Number 6 on our list is ‘Sing Our Own Song’ - an uplifting celebration of self-expression and independence, and also one of UB40's most politically charged tracks.
The Song showcases the band's commitment to social and political activism and its lyrics call for unity, peace, and resistance against injustice and oppression.
The band delivers this message with a lively reggae beat and soulful harmonies, creating a powerful and inspiring musical experience.
'Sing Our Own Song' is a standout track from UB40's discography, showcasing their musical talent and political consciousness.
The song's message is as relevant today as when it was released, and with its upbeat reggae beat and powerful lyrics, this song is the perfect anthem for anyone looking to stand up for their beliefs.
5. Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
At our halfway point on the list we have another one of UB40's classic tunes, ‘Here I Am (Come and Take Me)’.
This romantic reggae ballad showcases the band's soulful side. The song's lyrics express a heartfelt longing for love and affection, with a message of unconditional surrender to the power of love.
The vocals are smooth and powerful, with a warm and tender delivery that perfectly captures the sentiment of the lyrics. The instrumentation is well-crafted and creates a mellow and relaxing rhythm.
‘Here I Am (Come and Take Me)’ is a beautiful and touching love song that showcases UB40's versatility and musical talent. It's a testament to the band's ability to create soulful and moving music that speaks to the heart.
4. Homily Girl
Just missing out on a place in the top three we have ‘Homily Girl’, a stand-out track from UB40’s discography and one of the greatest reggae-infused love songs ever.
The song's lyrics are a celebration of love, with a message of appreciation for a simple, down-to-earth partner. The vocals are strong and confident, with a warm and tender delivery that perfectly captures the sentiment of the lyrics.
The song's message of appreciation for a simple and loving partner is both heart-warming and timeless, making it a great choice for fans of all ages and musical tastes.
With its upbeat vibe and touching lyrics, ‘Homely Girl’ is sure to put a smile on your face and warm your heart.
This song is a great example of UB40's ability to create music that is both entertaining and meaningful, making it a must-listen for fans of reggae and love songs alike.
3. Food for Thought
In the bronze medal place we have ‘Food for Thought’, one of UB40's first big hits from their debut album ‘Signing Off’. The song was a statement of intent for the band, showcasing their political and social consciousness.
The song's lyrics address issues of poverty, inequality, and social justice, with a message that encourages listeners to think critically and challenge the status quo. The vocals are powerful and soulful, with a warm and tender delivery that perfectly captures the political sentiment of the lyrics.
‘Food for Thought’ is the standout track from UB40's political debut album and the song's message is as relevant today as it was when it was released, making it a timeless anthem for social and political activism.
With its powerful lyrics and upbeat reggae sound, this song remains one of UB40's most important and beloved tracks.
2. Kingston Town
At number two on our list we have ‘Kingston Town’. The song was originally written by Lord Creator, but UB40's version has become one of their signature tunes.
With its smooth, reggae beat and dreamy lyrics, this song is an absolute reggae anthem that always gets everyone singing along.
The upbeat reggae tune pays homage to the city of Kingston, Jamaica. The song's lyrics celebrate the city's rich cultural heritage and vibrant musical scene, with a message of love and pride for the city.
The song's instrumentation is a masterful blend of traditional reggae sounds, with a focus on the bass that creates a floaty and soulful rhythm. The vocals are smooth with a delivery that perfectly captures the celebratory spirit of the song.
‘Kingston Town’ is a must-listen for fans of reggae music and UB40. Whether you're looking for a song to dance to or a track with a positive and uplifting message, ‘Kingston Town’ is definitely worth a listen.
1. Red Red Wine
Probably UB40's most famous songs and absolutely one of the greatest reggae songs ever written, ‘Red Red Wine’ is our pick for the band's best-ever song.
The song is a cover of Niel Diamond’s original tune, but over the years it has become synonymous with reggae royalty.
The upbeat and carefree vibe of the song has made it a fan favourite, and its popularity has only increased since its release, reaching number one in the UK and the US.
The song's simple yet powerful lyrics speak about using red wine as an antidepressant in order to forget life's woes. The instrumentation is a perfect blend of reggae and pop and the song's infectious chorus is a standout, making it a perfect choice for singing along.
The song's instrumentation features a tight and groovy bassline, upbeat percussion, and a catchy guitar riff, all of which come together to create a contagious and upbeat sound.
‘Red Red Wine’ is a track that is sure to be enjoyed for generations to come. With its catchy hook and upbeat melody, this song has become a classic of the reggae-pop genre.
How Can I Get Tickets to Watch UB40 Live?
UB40 have an absolutely fantastic catalogue of smash hit songs to play at their live sets, making them one of the most enjoyable live bands around.
With that in mind, UB40 tickets for both the original band and Ali Campbell’s splinter band are always in high demand, with their millions of loyal fans flocking to get tickets for a fantastic night of reggae skanking.
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