5 Best 311 Songs That Sound Like Reggae
No band has successfully pulled off the fusion of numerous musical genres quite like Alt-rock quintet 311, and we've got a list of the 5 best 311 songs that sound like reggae to prove it. That's right, reggae. Along with genres ranging from rock to rap-metal, it's especially been their reggae sound that has served as a sort of trademark for the band, and has made their music more distinctive. What music fan wouldn't be down with such a sound? Here's our top five song list.
- "Love Song." This 311 hit, featured in the movie "Fifty First Dates," is a cover of The Cure's "Love Song." The song's reggae sound resonates throughout-- mellow vocals, warm and choppy lead guitar lines, prominent bass and soothing synthesizers, the song is arguably one of 311’s best sounding reggae songs to date.
- "Amber." Perhaps one of the band’s best known, radio friendly singles, “Amber” is a prime example of the band's reggae sound and Bob Marley as a musical influence. Especially notable: P-Nut’s smooth and simple bass work and Tim Mahoney’s various guitar riffs, a combination of short played upstrokes and gloriously bright solos and strumming.
- "First Straw." The song appeared as a new track on 311’s "Greatest Hits (1993-2003)" album. From harmonious vocals, to sublime guitar work, to a steady backing bass and prevalent snare drum, “First Straw” encompasses a sound of reggae that’ll leave any listener feeling good vibrations.
- "I'll Be Here Awhile." From the song’s opening filled with beautiful guitar picking, “I'll Be Here Awhile” shifts into a fluid, up-tempo single with an undeniably engaging reggae sound. The reggae-sounding 311 song establishes a fun, laid back atmosphere pleasing to the senses.
- "Beyond the Gray Sky." Another 311 song with a reggae sound, "Beyond the Gray Sky" was featured on the band’s seventh studio album, "Evolver." With calming vocal tones and effects-infused reggae sounding guitar lines, it’s a tune that’ll make any listener groove.