Reggae is a kind of music from Jamaica. Most music from Jamaica can be called reggae. It started in the late 1960s. The music has regular chops on the back beat (off-beat). These are called “skank”, and are played by a rhythm guitarist. The bass drum hits on the second and fourth beat of each measure (each bar). These are called the “drop”. Reggae bands also use a bass, a keyboard or organ, and horns.
Reggae was started in 1960 but became famous in the 1970s.
Reggae songs often have lots of backing singers.
Some recent songs, like Cheerleader and Rude are reggae.
Reggae is related to ska.