Five incredibly perfect Bob Marley love songs

Marley was an incredible songwriter in any forum.
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"Is This Love" (1978)

Like "Waiting in Love" this song did not track in the United States. The UK was clearly ahead of the US in terms of understanding the quality of music in the 1970s. Not only did England embrace reggae much earlier than the US, post-punk and New Wave movements happened in London before New York. This is likely why Marley played live in London more than the general US; that's where his truly adoring fans were.

The music video for "Is This Love" features Naomi Campbell who was only seven years old at the time. Who knew that she and Marley would both become international superstars in the 1980s?

"Is This Love" is fairly straightforward lyrically. Marley knows the object of his affection and is making a plea for her to feel the same. With a voice like Marley's, though, who could say no?

"Stir It Up" (1973)

Goodness, this track is about as suave as any recorded track ever could be. It oozes with emotion, want, and desire. But Marley is a great enough songwriter, however, to know that the music and pace can do most of the work for him. He simply has to fill in with lyrics and undeniably fantastic vocal talent.

The key with lyrics such as "It's been a long, long time, yeah! (Stir it, stir it, stir it together)/Since I got you on my mind (Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh) Oh-oh!/Now you are here (Stir it, stir it, stir it together), I said/It's so clear/To see what we could do baby (Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)/Just me and you" is not to rush them. While his background ebbs and flows, Marley is directly telling his partner what he sees as happening, and with a song so brilliant, the swoon should be assumed.