UB40 – “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” – (1989)

This awesome reggae cover of Al Green’s 1973 classic was released of off UB40’s 1989 album Labour of Love II. It was a top ten hit in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands in 1990. UB40 is the world’s most successful reggae artist/band (by album sales). Many of their hits were from the 1980s and this was the first single from their last album from the 1980s, thus its association with the 80s in my mind. P.S., I saw UB40 live two years ago and they were fantastic. They will also be a staple on our mainstream/reggae-pop list which we will be counting down at a date that is still TBD.

#9 – UB40 – “Red Red Wine” – (1983)

Here’s another tropical 80s hit. “Red Red Wine” was written and originally released by Neil Diamond in 1968, but it wasn’t anywhere near this much fun. This song was a #1 in the UK upon its first release in 1983. It didn’t hit #1 in the U.S. until 1988. Which is kinda weird. The last concert I was at was a UB40 concert (I know, right?) and they waited until the very end to perform this, and rightfully so, it is their signature song. But I really had to go to the bathroom and I didn’t want to miss it. So I had to stand there and dance for an hour before I finally heard it. Worth it. One thing I love is that when you listen to this song you picture a very Bob Marley-looking fellow singing it. Then you see this average looking white guy from Birmingham belting out these amazing lyrics with such perfection… it really throws you. I love it.