Jamaican Independence Day marks the day Jamaica officially became independent from Britain in 1962.
Here are the songs and melodies that have inspired the independence movement.
JUBA – “The Sun’s Coming Up” (via Bandcamp) “The sun is coming up / the stars are shining / the wind is blowing / the world is changing / there’s no end to the world.”
– Jamaican independence day anthem “The star has risen / the moon has set / the rain has come down / and the sun is shining / all the changes are happening / no end is in sight.”
JAZZ – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” (from JAZZA: The Album) “Aine me nyam och och röst” (I am not the only one) “You can’t go through life without breaking a few things / and breaking some things you can’t break.”
– The song is a nod to the American war on drugs and the country’s struggle to decriminalize marijuana use.
RENO – “I Want to Break Free” (by JAY Z) “I want to break free / I want to be free / And if you want me to go / I’ll go / And I’ll come back / And you’re the one who made me come back.”
– This Jamaican country song is about a man who has been in prison for 20 years and is in search of his family.
K-pop boy group G-Dragon – “Get a Grip” (aka K-Dot) “Get on your knees / I got a grip / I’ve been in jail / and I’m out / on my own.”
– A song by a group of teenage girls who are currently being held at a juvenile detention center.
Aaliyah – “Gangnam Style” (a.k.a.
“It’s time for me to get a grip.”
– G-DRAGON member Aaliya Shazzar, who was arrested in 2014 and was later found guilty of attempted murder.
The Beatles – “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” (The Beatles) “Can you feel the love tonight?”
– The Beatles’ “Can’t Buy Me Love.”
MØ – “What the F***” (feat.
Mädchen Amick) “It can’t be / It can’t hurt / I don’t want to die / I just want to live.”
– MÔs “What The F***?”
– This song is an anthem of independence and an inspiration to people around the world.
The Weeknd – “Royals” (A-Trak) “Royalties, I got some cash / The best money I ever made / I’m on my way back.”
(via The Weekends New Music Podcast) “This is a song for when we’re broke / We’re broke, but it’s time to break through / I can’t get out of here.”
– R&B singer A-Traks’ hit song about his struggle to find his place in the world and a message about living in love.
G-Unit – “Black Lips” (From G-Force: The Next Generation) “Black lips / Black lips on the floor / Black eyes staring back at you / You got a lot to live for / We all have to live, we all have a story.”
– Migos song.
JAYZ – “(Live at) The Shrine” (G-Unit) “No time for words / The only time you’ve got to say / This is my hometown / I need a hug / I gotta hug you.”
– Jay Z’s hit song from “The Blueprint.”
Justin Timberlake – “Diamonds” (Boys Noize) “Diamond Rings / Don’t get the hang of this shit.”
– Justin Timberlakes song about the pain he experienced during his drug use.
Lil Wayne – “No Problems” (Drake) “There’s a lot of problems / It ain’t nothing that’s going on.”
– Lil Wayne’s anthem.
Migos – “Titanium (Remix)” (from Migos: The Best of Migos) “Punk rock’s not hip hop / It’s hip hop’s not the hip hop you think.”
– Nas’ hit single.
Travi$ Scott – “Bodak Yellow” (Travi $ Scott) “Bud Light / I love that sound / Bud Light and the lightbulbs / Don t get me wrong.”
– Travios’ song.
Rihanna – “Work” (Beyonce) “Work / I work, I work / I know I got to work / But I know