Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers discography

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Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers discography
Studio albums 10
Live albums 1
Compilation albums 4
Video albums 4
Music videos 2
Singles 24

The discography of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, a Jamaican reggae family group, consists of ten studio albums, one live album, four compilation albums, twenty-three singles and four video albums.

The four siblings initially came together as a musical unit in 1979 to record "Children Playing in the Streets".[1] Bob Marley had composed the song four years earlier for his children and wanted to share this gift with children around the world. All royalties from the single were pledged to the United Nations, to aid its efforts during the International Year of the Child. Ziggy and Stephen performed together at their father's funeral on May 21, 1981, dancing alongside the I-Threes and the Wailers, during their brief homage to the great artist. Later that year, The Melody Makers released their second single, "What a Plot," which, like their debut, appeared on their late father's own Tuff Gong label.[1] In 1984, The Melody Makers began a recording session with English producer Steve Levine that released a single, "Lying in Bed". In 1985, the group released their first album, Play the Game Right.[1] In 1986, Hey World was released and credited to Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers.[1]

In 1988, the group signed to Virgin Records and released their fourth album Conscious Party. In the same year, the group released a concert DVD called "Conscious Party: Live at the Palladium". A year later, their fifth album One Bright Day was released. In 1991, the group released their sixth album Jahmekya. In 1993, the group released their final album on Virgin called, Joy and Blues.

In 1995, the group signed a record deal with Elektra and released Free Like We Want 2 B accompanied by the group's own recording label "Ghetto Youths United". In early 1997, the group released second best-of album The Best of (1988-1993). Later that year, the group released ninth album Fallen Is Babylon. In 1999, the group released their tenth and final studio album, The Spirit of Music, which peaked at #1 on the Top Reggae Albums chart. In 2000, the group released their live album Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live, Vol. 1, and the concert DVD "Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live" followed in May 2001.

In addition to Ziggy Marley and the Melody Maker's work, they have covered several songs from their father Bob Marley, including "Natty Dread", "Positive Vibration", "Stir It Up", "Get Up, Stand Up", "Sun Is Shining", "Africa Unite", "Could You Be Loved", and several other songs.



Year Title Peak chart positions
US US R&B US World US Reggae
1984 Children Playing
  • 1st studio album (unreleased)
  • Labels: Tuff Gong, Rita Marley Music
  • Formats: LP
1985 Play the Game Right
1986 Hey World! 94
1988 Conscious Party 23 26
1989 One Bright Day 26 43
1991 Jahmekya 63 3
1993 Joy and Blues 178 75 5 11
1995 Free Like We Want 2 B 170 9
1997 Fallen Is Babylon 9
1999 The Spirit of Music 1
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Peak chart positions
US Reggae
2000 Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers Live, Vol. 1 5


Year Title Peak chart positions
Top Reggae Albums
1988 The Time Has Come: The Best of Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers
1993 3-CD Box Set
1997 The Best of (1988-1993) 2
2008 The Best Of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers
  • 4th compilation album
  • Labels: Tuff Gong, Ghetto Youths United
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Selected Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US US Maxi US Club US Main. Rock AUS NZ NED BEL
1979 "Children Playing In The Streets" Play the Game Right
1982 "What a Plot"
1984 "Met Her On A Rainy Day" singles only
"Rock It Baby"
1986 "Play The Game Right" Play the Game Right
"Give a Little Love" Hey World
1988 "Tomorrow People" 39 16 36 15 7 5 22 22 Conscious Party
"Tumblin' Down" 1 28 84
"Lee & Molly"
1989 "Look Who's Dancin'" 41 23 34 45 65 One Bright Day
"One Bright Day"
1991 "Good Time" 85 78 Jahmekya
"Kozmik" 11 44
1993 "Brothers and Sisters" 45 Joy and Blues
1995 "Power to Move Ya" 13 Free Like We Want 2 B
"Free Like We Want 2 B"
1997 "People Get Ready" 29 Fallen Is Babylon
1998 "Everyone Wants to Be" 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Bob Marley cover songs[edit]

Concert DVDs[edit]

  • 1988: Conscious Party: Live at the Palladium
  • 1996: Marley Magic: Tribute to Bob Marley
  • 1999: One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute
  • 2001: Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers Live
  • 2008: Africa Unite: A Celebration of Bob Marley's 60th Birthday


  1. ^ a b c d Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers. All Music Guide. Retrieved on January 6, 2012