Uptown Top Ranking

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"Uptown Top Ranking" is a song and single by the Jamaican teenage singers Althea Forrest and Donna Reid, recorded when they were 17 and 18 years old respectively. Released in 1977, the song comprises the girls ad-libbing to deejay track "Three Piece Suit" by Trinity. The song was initially recorded as a joke. The record was played by accident by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel, resulting in numerous requests for additional plays. With early championing by Peel and a performance on Top of the Pops, it soon became a surprise hit, reaching number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1978. The track spent a total of 11 weeks in the charts. It was produced by Joe Gibbs, using a re-recording of the riddim of the 1967 Alton Ellis song "I'm Still in Love", which had already been re-popularised in the 1970s by Marcia Aitken's cover "I'm Still in Love With You Boy", and "Three Piece Suit" by Trinity, to which "Uptown" was an "answer record". The single's UK release was on the Lightning record label. The lyrics were written by the duo and Errol Thompson. Althea & Donna became the youngest female duo to reach the number 1 place of the UK chart. 


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See me in me heels and ting 
Dem check sey we hip and ting 
True them no know and ting 
We have them going and ting 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 

See me pon the road I hear you call out to me 
True you see mi inna pants and ting 
See mi in a 'alter back 
Sey mi gi' you heart attack 
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist 
Uptown Top Ranking 

See mi in mi Benz and ting 
Drivin' through Constant Spring 
Them check sey me come from cosmo spring 
But a true dem no know and ting 
Dem no know sey we top ranking 
Uptown Top Ranking 

Shoulda see me and the ranking dread 
Check how we jamming and ting 
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 

Watch how we chuck it and ting 
Inna we khaki suit and ting 
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 

Love inna you heart dis a bawl out fe me 
When you see me inna pants and ting 
See me inna 'alter back 
Sey me gi' you heart attack 
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist 
Uptown Top Ranking 

See mi pon the road and hear you call out to me 
True you see me in me pants and ting 
See me inna 'alter back 
Sey me gi' you heart attack 
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist 
Gimme likkle bass, make me wine up me waist 
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots 

You shoulda see me and the ranking dread 
Check how we jamming and ting 
Love is all I bring inna me khaki suit and ting 
Nah pop no style, a strictly roots

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Althea & Donna

Althea & Donna were a Jamaican reggae singing duo, best known for their 1977 single "Uptown Top Ranking", which was a number one hit in the United Kingdom in 1978. more »

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Written by: ALTHEA FORREST, DONNA MARIE REID, Errol Thompson

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