Modern dancehall music is not known for its longevity, but there are some exceptions. One of the rare breeds of artists who has managed to make timeless hits in this genre is Busy Signal. With hits, such as ‘Reggae Music Again’, ‘Missing You’ and ‘The Gambler’ already under his belt, Busy Signal continues to churn out hit after hit. Busy Signal songs represent a crucial stage of the evolution of dancehall music, in which his lyrics attempt to reconnect with the Jamaican music history.
As a musician, Busy Signal understands how to compose music with vibes that connect his audience regardless of background. He always has a message to drive home. With all that in mind, below is a list of some of Busy Signals greatest hits worth listening to regardless of whether you are a fan, or the artist is new to you - and you would like to know more about his music. They are in no particular order and are worth a listen for any dancehall or general music lover.
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Busy Signal songs
1. Busy Signal - One More Night
Busy Signal One More Night was a club-banger in Ghana and many parts around the world back in 2010 through 2011. It is a remake of Phil Collins’ 1985 hit song going by the same name. Busy Signal makes it better for the current generation of listeners by adding a reggae feel and beat to it - which explains why it was such a hit, especially among the youth despite its original version being over two decades old. He adds a touch of Jamaican English to the lyrics to connect more with his fan-base and Jamaican listeners.
The main theme of this song is the loneliness that comes by after two lovers go their separate ways. This kind of feeling is brought clearly in the words of the song where the singer begs a lover to spend some more time with him - even if it is for just one night. He explains that he cannot live without the woman in question and even tries to convince her to stay by reminding her of all the good times they had together. In the chorus, he states that he cannot bear the thought of sleeping without her. Despite the sad mood of the song - the reggae beats blend in well to give a melodious tune that even Phil Collins himself would appreciate. A must listen if for some strange reason you have not come across this song!
2. Busy Signal Come Over (Missing You)
You have to give Busy Signal respect for his consistency in the current competitive music industry. Soon after having One More Night ringing in our ears - he went ahead to drop another great hit. In fact, it was bigger than One More Night. Come Over or Missing You also became a club-banger back in 2012. Busy Signal remains true to his style in this song, and the fact that it had its fair share in the competitive dancehall space for a long time shows why he is a talented musician who knows how to connect with his fans. None-dancehall fans also admit that this was one good jam. Anyone with or without a musical ear can say the same about this track.
In the song, the artist talks about how he misses his lover - who is probably out on some trip or something. The music video is true and literal to the lyrics and portrays a distraught man yearning to see his lover as soon as possible. Again, the melody of Busy Signal Missing You is catchy and can fit in various settings - nightclubs, house parties, and many other places where a booming speaker is present. Despite being more than five years old, you can still enjoy this song in 2018!
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3. Busy Signal Praise and Worship
Yes, Praise and Worship is exactly what the name suggests but with a touch of dancehall and reggae to it. In this song, Busy Signal mashes up some Christian praise and worship songs into one beautiful piece that would impress your pastor. His rich baritone voice combines well with the melodious backing vocals to produce one sweet sounding song that you would not help but have to sing along. After all, the lyrics are familiar having been derived from popular Christian songs that if you are a Christian, you started singing a kid.
Praise and Worship is almost a decade old, but it would still appeal to anyone. It became so popular that some more contemporary churches used it in their services. As a result, Busy Signal has been able to grow his fanbase among religious individuals despite being a secular musician. Only a handful of artists have the capacity to achieve the same level of success. I do not know how he does it - but mashing up several different songs from an entirely different domain into another and still have such level of success is not as easy as it sounds. The more reason why Busy Signal is such a prominent figure when it comes to modern dancehall music.
4. Tiwa Savage ft Busy Signal - Key to the City Remix
A good artist also has to work well with others, and this is precisely what Busy Signal has done in this song. Back in 2016, he collaborated with Nigeria music diva, Tiwa Savage to reproduce her hit song Key to the City. This song had the success of almost equal measure to the original Tiwa Savage solo performance. The song itself has a dancehall vibe to it, so it came as no surprise when Busy Signal gave an impressive performance. No significant changes were made to the original beat but for a few cymbals and kicks thrown here and there.
The music video of this song was also on point. It features dancers with some smooth moves and Busy Signal on a boat in the ocean. Key to the City also became a club-banger - which as we have come to know is not a coincidence. It is all about having a good time, and the dancers in the video including Tiwa Savage do an excellent job in getting this message out visually. The music video on Tiwa Savage’s official Youtube Channel has over four million views to date.
5. Samini ft Busy Signal - Drop the Guns
Our dancehall sensation Samini (Batman Samini) has also had the opportunity to fuse his talent with the Jamaican artist. What makes these two individuals work well together is the similarity in their sounds though Samini, adds some growl to his tone. The result of the two voices coming together is an incredible sound that any dancehall lover would want to listen to over and over again. The beats of this song are also on point besides the profound message carried in the lyrics. In this song, the two musicians create awareness on how young people die on the streets and try to appeal to every stakeholder in this matter to take action - and ensure that our future generations are protected.
Samini and Busy Signal are some of the biggest names as far as dancehall music is concerned in their respective countries. So, when two artists of such a caliber combine efforts, you can be sure their music would not disappoint on all fronts - the entertainment part of it as well as the underlying message in the lyrics. You can listen to this song over and over again and fail to get bored with it due to its high tempo dancehall-typical beats. It is a few years old, but worth a listen if you have not heard it before.
6. Busy Signal Reggae Music Again
Coinciding with Jamaica’s 50th independence day celebrations, The release of Reggae Music Again came as a tribute to Jamaican culture. Reggae music is an essential aspect of Jamaican culture. Furthermore, this song also shows the contribution of Busy Signal in the evolution of dancehall music as mentioned before. The song, as the name suggests, is about bringing back the reggae music of old back. In the lyrics, Busy Signal reminisces the good old days when reggae was the real deal and all the styles that this music influenced including fashion and dancing.
Besides the sincere and savvy lyrics of Reggae Music Again, the song also has some unique beats. The tune features a blend of modern dancehall and roots that we associate with the previous generation of reggae artists. Again, Busy Signal manages to set himself apart from the rest in this song owing to the kind of message that he is trying to send. The song and all the others from the similarly titled album do not contain any message that may cause controversy. Sadly, it is such messages that sell the music these days including on the dancehall front. Another timeless hit that you should love.
7. Busy Signal Sweet Love (Night Shift)
Yet another remake of a classic by Busy Signal and he still manages to put on an impressive performance to rival the original song. Originally done by The Commodores in 1985, the song became a timeless hit, and Busy Signal made sure he took advantage of its greatness by adding some Jamaican flavour to it. Like with One More NIght, he added some Jamaican English alongside dancehall beats making the song new again. Like most, if not all of his songs, Sweet Love has a positive vibe. It talks about love and the passion involved in such an affair.
We could say that Busy Signal is a specialist in doing covers, even though he is still able to churn out great original hits. Sweet Love is one of the several covers he has been able to deliver excellently, and we hope he can do more in the future. These covers are essential as they deliver an important part of music history to the current generation of listeners who would otherwise not have ever known these songs. In that spirit, the next song in this list is a rendition of another popular song that virtually everyone is familiar with.
8. Busy Signal - The Gambler
We have seen Busy Signal redoing soul music above, but this one here is a special case. The original version of The Gambler is a country song by the renowned Kenny Rogers. Yes, it is a special case because no one could ever imagine that a song from this genre can undergo such a transformation into reggae or dancehall. The song not only sounded great but it also became a club banger deep into the 21st century. It is not to say that the song is too old, but thinking about it, Busy Signal must have the Midas touch.
In this song, he did not alter the lyrics like in the other covers he has done. He stuck to the original and kept the English as it was without adding a touch of Jamaican. Only the rhythm saw these changes.
9. Busy Signal - Comfort Zone
Arguably Busy Signal’s greatest hit, Comfort Zone rocked most radio stations in Ghana back in 2010. This period seems to have been Busy Signal’s peak because he dropped several consecutive hits. It was a common occurrence to hear at least one of his songs on every corner of the street. Positive vibes are all that this guy is all about. Busy Signal Comfort Zone is another love song that talks how a man loves his woman. Backed up by the melodious dancehall reggae beats - this song is quite pleasing to the ear especially to ladies. It still a great song and would without a doubt elevate your mood if you listened to it right now
Undoubtedly, Busy Signal songs have shaken up the dancehall and reggae music industry. His efforts to reconnect Jamaican history and culture into modern dancehall and reggae music will not go unnoticed. The way his music has become famous around the world is proof of his impact, and his name will live on, and future generations of listeners will know who Busy Signal is.
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