"Could You Be Loved" is a song by reggae group Bob Marley & The Wailers. It was released in 1980 on their last album Uprising and is included on Bob Marley & The Wailers greatest hits album Legend. It was written in 1979 on an airplane while The Wailers were experimenting on guitar. The song is considered by many reggae fans to be disco influenced, and by extension influencing the dancehall genre.
In the middle of the song, background singers quote a verse from Bob Marley's first single Judge Not: "The road of life is rocky; And you may stumble too. So while you point a finger, someone else is judging you".
Instruments used on the original record of this song are guitars, bass, drums, acoustic piano, the Hohner clavinet and an organ, as well as the Brazilian cuica.
Marley's four eldest children Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers have perform the numerous times during their tours. Their performance versions appear on the concert DVDs "Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live", "Marley Magic: Live In Central Park At Summerstage", "One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute", and their live album "Live Vol. 1".
Ska punk band Sublime mentioned "Could You Be Loved" in their song "Don't Push" (from their 1992 album 40oz. to Freedom), saying "If I was Bob Marley I said could you be loved."
Rudy Thomas did a Ska treatment of the song, which never charted. Although not ground breaking in any way, Rudy's version is not without merit, replacing the metal synth used on the original with a different voicing that gives his version a new-age reggae feel.
^Kevin O'Brien Chang, Wayne Chen (1998). Temple University Press, ed. Reggae Routes: The Story of Jamaican Music. pp. 51–52. ISBN978-1566396295.
"['Uprising'] saw a return to a wide and varied musical vision, from the disco oriented 'Could You Be Loved' to the hard-core reggae of 'Bad Card' and the acoustic balladry of 'Redemption Song'."