In the 70's and 80's, the popularity of reggae grew beyond recognition in the united states and Britain. The biggest genuine reggae stars of the 1970's and 80's were Bob Marley and the Wailers, Black Uhuru and Sugar Minnot. These bands enjoyed worldwide success.
At this time punk was staring to become popular in Britain. Some punk bands such as the Clash and The Slits would incorporate reggae into their music.Some punk DJ's would play punk songs regularly in their sets. At this time Eric Clapton had a huge hit in America with his version of Bobo Marley's "No Woman No Cry". All this added to the development of reggae music in the mainstream.