YMMV / Bob Marley

  • Acceptable Targets: The police and anyone in government authority, collectively identified as "Babylon." The term itself continues to this day. "Baldheads" are also targeted a lot in songs like "Crazy Baldheads" (Rastaman Vibration) and "Time Will Tell" (Kaya )
  • Covered Up: "One Love (People Get Ready)" from Exodus is this of "People Get Ready" by The Impressions. Whilst "People Get Ready" is a relatively famous song in its own right, "One Love" is much more famous.
    • "My Cup", one of the most famous Lee Perry era tracks, is a cover of the obscure James Brown track "I've Got To Cry Cry Cry".
    • Wailers related, but actually sung by Bunny Wailer: "Dreamland" is a cover of a song called "My Dream Island" from 1962 by an obscure band called El Tempos. Somewhat egregiously, Bunny would credit himself as the writer of the song on every release from that point on. The original artist was not noted by reggae historians until the 1990s.
  • Ear Worm/Crowning Music of Awesome
  • Face of the Band: To the point that people often forget that he had a huge band behind him.
    • Interestingly this wasn't the case during 1966 when he temporarily left the Wailers to work in America. Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer were the face of the band for several songs each during this period.
      • Further expansion: Bob sang lead on, and wrote, most of The Wailers' 60s and early 70s material. By 1970, the band were being credited as Bob Marley And The Wailers even when Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer sang and contributed their own material. Chris Blackwell insisted that Catch a Fire and Burnin' be credited to The Wailers in order to give all the members equal credit, but Trojan and Studio One's releases from the same time period credited Bob Marley And The Wailers. When Peter and Bunny left a couple of years later, the band officially became Bob Marley And The Wailers again and it made almost no difference to their sound (female vocalists, I-Threes, replaced them on harmonies and none of Peter or Bunny's songs were used, with the exception of previously recorded ones being played live). Most people didn't know they were in the band.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: He was popular in France considerably before his mid 70s breakthrough, so many of his older recordings can be found there that can't be found in most places outside of Jamaica. France was even the first country where an attempt was made to collect all his 1967-1972 material, hence The Complete Wailers LPs have French liner notes (there are US CD versions which don't).
  • Memetic Mutation: The use of "Babylon" as a derogatory term to refer to the police and government authorities.
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • A majority of people who claim to be Bob Marley fans only seem to be this because it gives them an excuse to smoke marihuana while listening to his music. In fact: even people who don't listen to Marley or reggae for that matter seem to believe that it is basically only for stoners.
    • Some people, especially those who don't speak English that well, frequent misinterpret "No Woman, No Cry" as a Misogyny Song, thinking it means that without women there would be no reason to cry. A lot of stupid men find this incredibly funny, but the last laugh is actually on them, because the song is simply about a man telling a woman not to cry, despite their misery.
  • Misattributed Song: Every reggae song (and even some dancehall songs) in existence has probably been attributed to him (this is mostly a problem on YouTube and file-sharing sites).
  • Newer Than They Think: Although "One Love (People Get Ready)" was included on the 1977 album Exodus (album), it wasn't released as a single during Marley's lifetime. In fact, it was only released as a single in 1984, in order to promote the posthumous compilation Legend on which it appears. Yet it is always included alongside the "Exodus" singles on compilations, despite the fact that the average listener would not have heard of the song in 1977.
  • Signature Song: "One Love (People Get Ready)", "No Woman No Cry" (in the version of Live!).
  • Tear Jerker: "Redemption Song" partly due to its status as the final track placed on the last album he performed in while alive (Uprising), partly due to the song itself.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Cracked's "5 Works of Art So Good, They Ruined Their Whole Genre" calls Exodus (album) and Legend a tough act to follow in reggae.