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In celebrating 50 years of cultural excellence, the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) is inviting the public to name their favourite Top Twenty "All Time Best" Festival Songs by voting from the pool of 47 winners.

Voting for the competition begins on Monday, July1and closes Thursday, August 1, 2013. 

Voting can be done by text message to 444-2407. Each of the 47 songs have been assigned a text code and members of the public can look out in the press, or visit the JCDC website and facebook page to view the text codes assigned to each song. Weekly prizes will be given to the top voters each week, including appliances from Lucky Dollar Furniture and Megamart Grocery Coupons. The overall top voter will also win $150,000 and other prizes at the end of the voting period.  

FESTIVAL SONG SHOWCASE 

The top 20 songs chosen by public vote will be revealed on Friday, August 2 at the Festival Song Showcase at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre. This Festival Song Showcase will feature performances by some of the singers named in the top 20, as well as other contemporary artists will add their flavour to the festival celebrations.  A souvenir album comprising of the songs chosen by the public will thereafter become available as a collector's item as the Festival Song Competition salutes the JCDC 50th Anniversary.  

The Festival Song Competition which started in 1966 is the longest running song competition in Jamaica and has been the avenue to stardom for many new and upcoming artists.  A number of singers and musicians can boast of the opportunities that were presented to them as a result of entering the JCDC Festival Song Competition. 

Year

Song Title

Text Code

1966

Bam Bam

01

1967

Baba Boom Boom

02

1968

Intensified

03

1969

Sweet & Dandy

04

1970

Boom Shaka Laka

05

1971

Cherry Oh Baby

06

1972

Pomps & Pride

07

1973

Jump in the Line

08

1974

Play Di Music

09

1975

Hooray Festival

10

1976

Dance Dis Yah Festival

11

1977

Sweet Jamaica

12

1978

Land of my Birth

13

1979

Born Jamaica

14

1980

Come Sing with Me

15

1981

No Weh Nuh Betta Dan Yard

16

1982

Mek Wi Jam

17

1983

Jamaica, I'll never leave you again

18

1984

Proud to be Jamaica

19

1985

Love Fever

20

1986

Dem A Fi Squirm

21

1987

Give Thanks & Praises

22

1988

Jamaica Land We Love

23

1989

Stop & Go

24

1990

Island Festival

25

1991

Come Rock

26

1992

Mek Wi Put Things Right

27

1993

Big It Up

28

1994

Dem A Pollute

29

1995

Join Di Line

30

1996

Mek Wi Go Spree

31

1997

Peace & Love

32

1998

Jamaica Whoa

33

1999

Born In Jamaica

34

2000

Fi Wi Island A Boom

35

2001

Left Up Jamaica

36

2002

Progress

37

2003

Jamaican Tour Guide

38

2004

Ole Time Jamaica

39

2005

Poverty

40

2006

Remember the Days

41

2007

Woman A Di Beauty

42

2008

Rise & Shine

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