The former Auteurs frontman told The Quietus about his love of the genre while listing his 13 favourite albums.
Haines said of picking Big Youth's Dread Locks Dread: "I went through a massive reggae period at about the time of The Auteurs second album [Now I'm A Cowboy], which didn't exactly help the mixing. I was trying to make it the one thing that it really obviously wasn't.
"Then again with Black Box Recorder, part of the reason we ended up doing 'Uptown Top Ranking' was my obsession with all things reggae, and it was the most reggae-like thing we could do at the time."
Haines added: "I got obsessed with buying up as much reggae as I could, and Big Youth is my absolute favourite. He's clearly quite mad. I think Marley ripped him off massively and took this very sanitised version of his stuff."
Of the idea of listing his favourite records, Haines said: "I hate the idea of lists. Lists are for f**king shopping and housewives, rock & roll has nothing to do with lists."
Other albums named by Haines in his top 13 included David Bowie's Space Oddity, The Doors' Morrison Hotel, Black Sabbath's Sabotage, Nico's Desertshore and The Fall's Totale's Turns.
Haines this month releases his latest solo album Nine and a Half Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and early '80s.
> Read our recent interview with Luke Haines
Listen to Black Box Recorder's cover of Althea & Donna's 'Uptown Top Ranking' below