Today marks the release of Reggae Gold 2009, the 17th installment in VP Records' peerless annual compilation. And sure, there are some of the year's great tracks on there (Laden's "Money Over War" is our personal favorite), but for reggae die-hards who already have most of the songs, the real draw is the covers. Not since the Game Recordings singles of the '90s (shout out to Shecky Green!) has cover art been executed so flawlessly. To that end, we've collected our very favorite Reggae Gold (and sister compilation Soca Gold) cover girls, taken a look at some other work they've done, and opened it up to you. So take a good hard look and ask yourself: Who's the dancehall (and one-drop, and lover's rock) queen?
REGGAE GOLD 2003: NICOLE RICCA
REGGAE GOLD 2004: ESTHER BAXTER