EASY LIFE SKA FAVORITES

Listed below are the favorite ska songs, albums and whatnot of the EasyLife Ska Zine editorial staff. To us, these are the best of the bunch, the songs and albums that hold up over time. Some are musically rich, some are lyrically beautiful, and some are just good silly fun, but all are highly recommended. If you take issue with any of our choices, or see your favorite missing, email me and let me know. Doesn't mean I'll add it, but you never know...

Still curious about my musical taste? Check out the ska shows I've seen.


The All-Time Best Ska Albums

Must haves for your record collection

1st Wave

Ska Bonanza compilation
Skinhead Jamboree compilation

2nd Wave

The Specials - The Specials
The Selecter - Too Much Pressure

Madness - One Step Beyond
The (English) Beat - I Just Can't Stop
The 2 Tone Collection
Dance Craze Compilation
3rd Wave

BimSkalaBim - Live At The Paradise
Fishbone - The Reality of My Surroundins
Mashin' Up The Nation Compilation
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Devil's Night Out
New York Citizens - Stranger Things Have Happened
Operation Ivy - Operation Ivy
4th Wave & Beyond

The Pietasters - Oolooloo

Strange Tenants - Bluebeat Party
Stubborn All-Stars - Open Season


The All-Time Greatest Ska Songs

(alphabetical by band)

Aitken, Laurel - "Jesse James"
Bad Manners - "Inner London Violence"
Beat - "Hands Off She's Mine", "Two Swords"
Bodysnatchers - "Easy Life"
Busters All Stars - "Skinhead Love Affair", "Keen On Games"
Claudette & the Corporation - "Skinheads A Bash Them"
Cliff, Jimmy - "Miss Jamaica"
Collins, Dave & Ansel - "Double Barrel"
Costello, Elvis - "Love for Tender"
Critical Mass - "I Don't Know What to Do"
Dance Hall Crashers - "My Problem"
Dekker, Desmond - "Israelites"
Fishbone - "Skankin' to the Beat", "Party at Ground Zero"
Gangster Fun - "Fat Lady Skank", "Mario's Hideout", "I'd Buy A Gun"
Harry J All-Stars - "Liquidator"
Hotknives - "Alcoholic Nightmare"
Let's Go Bowling - "Dance Some More"
Madness - "One Step Beyond", "Rockin' in A flat", "Night Boat to Cairo"
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - "Drunks and Children", "The Bartender's Song"
NY Citizens - "National Front - Live", "Shut Up & Listen", "D.A.N.C.E."
Operation Ivy - "Sound System"
Peter & the Wailers - "Shame & Scandal"
Riffs - "Blind Date"
Selecter - "Murder", "Too Much Pressure", "Three Minute Hero"
Ska Humbug - "Ruder Than Your Dad"
Skaos - "Straight to Your Heart", "Cool As Ice", "Going Insane"
Skatalites - "You're Wondering Now", "Guns of Navarone"
Skavoovie & the Epitones - "Aquaman", "The Old Man of the Mountain"
Specials - "(Dawning of a) New Era", "Nite Klub"
Stubborn All-Stars - "Rise to Find You"
Symarip - "These Boots Are Made For Stomping", "Skinhead Moonstomp"
Toasters - "Shocker", "East Side Beat"
Toots & The Maytals - "Pressure Drop", "Sweet & Dandy", "54-46 (Was My Number)"

more to come...


MEGAN'S   TOP   TEN   FAVORITE   SKA   SONGS

In which Megan, the editor, lists her songs from 10 (great) to 1 (the best)
All songs subject to change with mood

10. Ska Humbug - Ruder Than Your Dad
9. The Riffs - Blind Date
Fishbone - Skankin' To The Beat
8. Busters - Skinhead Love Affair
7. Gangster Fun - Fat Lady Skank
6. Symarip - Skinhead Jamboree
5. Skaos - Straight to Your Heart
4. Fishbone - Party At Ground Zero
3. New York Citizens - Shut Up and Listen
2. The Specials - (Dawning of a) New Era
1. THE BEAT - TWO SWORDS
MADNESS - ONE STEP BEYOND

BOBBY'S   TOP   TEN   FAVORITE   SKA   SONGS

In which contributor Bobby C lists his all-time top ten

10. Shanty 007 - Desmond Dekker
09. Skinhead Moonstomp - Symarip
08. Skinhead Grrl - Symarip
07. Something Special - Mobtown
06. Little Miss Congeniality - Hepcat
05. Al Capone - Judge Dread
04. Take Warning - Operation Ivy
03. Born in da ghetto - Laurel Aitken
02. Rankin Fool Stop - (English) Beat
01. Guns of navaronne (the old version) - Skatalites


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