"The Story of Jamaican Music: Tougher Than Tough," "The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80" and "Classic Reggae: The Soundtrack to Jamaica" are three examples of good reggae music compilations. Of these three compilations, "The Story of Jamaican Music: Tougher Than Tough" provides the broadest and most comprehensive overview of the history of reggae music.
"The Story of Jamaican Music: Tougher Than Tough" is a 4-CD set that covers the history of reggae music from early ska music in the late 1950s to the dancehall reggae of the 1980s and early 1990s. Because of its extensive liner notes and included recordings of both lesser known artists and reggae legends, such as Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley and Shabba Ranks, AllMusic considers it an unforgettable and superlative introduction to reggae music.
"The Legendary Studio One Records: Original Classic Recordings 1963-80" is a good compilation for those who are already acquainted with the basics of reggae music, as it features lesser known but classic recordings from the Studio One record label, including artists such as The Maytals, The Skatalites and Bob Marley's female backing singer Marcia Griffiths.
Trojan Records' "Classic Reggae: The Soundtrack to Jamaica" is another diverse compilation of reggae songs that are considered classics, with songs such as Lee "Scratch" Perry's "Return of Django," Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Small Axe" and Desmond Dekker's "007 (Shanty Town)."