Habibi-I_-Need-Your-Love-Shaggy-Mohombi-Faydee-CostiShaggy, Mohombi, Faydee & Costi – “Habibi (I Need Your Love)” – (2014)

What’s this? A U.S. radio hit on our summer countdown? Yes. And by the recently re-appeared Shaggy at that. Of course, to cater to the U.S. market the song is retitled “I Need Your Love” in English-speaking markets as apparently we can’t handle a song titled in Arabic. The song is sung in English, Spanish and Arabic. It has a great international feel and while we’re used to Latin-tinged songs being great for summer, the Middle Eastern flair is a nice touch. The other annoying part about the U.S. version is that it is Shaggy featuring the other artists whereas on the original single (which came out the last week of 2014) they are all credited equally. Anyway, this wraps it up. Hope you’re having a great summer.

#37 – Shaggy feat. Rayvon – “Angel” – (2000)

Released as a single in the early part of 2001, “Angel” – based on the clothing worn in the music video – very easily could have come out in the late-1990s. It was Shaggy’s second #1 single. Unfortunately, we have not heard from Shaggy since. This song samples a Juice Newton song (“Angel of the Morning” – more or less where the chorus comes from here) as well as the bass line from Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” Unlike his previous #1, this song is much nicer and more acceptable to most people.

#168 – Shaggy – “Luv Me, Luv Me” – (1998)

What UB40 was doing ten years earlier really kind of peaked in the mid-to-late 90s and this is one of the best examples of reggae-influenced popular music from the 90s. And it’s yet another example of a soundtrack-sourced song scoring big, this time from the Angela Bassett film, How Stella Got Her Groove Back.