bands/musicians The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time  

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Whether they're Jamaican megastars or under-the-radar dancehall artists quietly putting out new songs - the top dancehall bands on this list have enough of a fanbase to sell out music halls and theaters around the world. While dancehall started in the late 1970s in Jamaica as an offshoot of reggae, the genre saw a new wave of popularity come in when current crossover artists like Rihanna and M.I.A. introduced elements of dancehall to a broader audience of hip hop and R&B fans. Those who have fallen in love with the genre through current songs can go back and rediscover top dancehall artists - like Yellowman and Eek-a-Mouse - who are must-listens for any fan of dancehall. This represents a look at greatest dancehall bands of all time - across many decades - since the most famous dancehall artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best dancehall music.

You can click on the dancehall band names to see more information about that particular notable dancehall group. If they're near the top of the best dancehall artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top dancehall bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the dancehall band names themselves.

All important, significant and iconic names in dancehall music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new dancehall bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of dancehall, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into dancehall music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good dancehall bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent dancehall bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best dancehall bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dancehall musician ever?"

If you know enough about the genre, please vote based on the quality of the band's music instead of just voting for the most popular dancehall bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Shatta Wale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shatta Wale Dancehall

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Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Vybz Kartel Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Beenie Man Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 843 352
Busy Signal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Busy Signal Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

5
+ - 659 265
Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Alkaline Dancehall

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+ - 1,099 413
Mavado is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mavado Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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+ - 728 274
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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+ - 1,306 565
Winky D is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Winky D Dancehall

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Chronixx is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

10
+ - 993 359
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Buju Banton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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+ - 513 207
Stone Bwoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

12
+ - 707 249
Popcaan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Popcaan Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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+ - 624 227
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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+ - 581 228
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sizzla Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Elephant Man Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music

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Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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+ - 574 243
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shabba Ranks Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 482 200
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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+ - 511 171
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Gyptian Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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+ - 382 161
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Capleton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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+ - 374 167
Lady Saw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Lady Saw Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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+ - 378 174
Demarco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Demarco Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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+ - 293 136
Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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+ - 355 174
Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mr. Vegas Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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+ - 137 65
Ninjaman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ninjaman Reggae

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+ - 273 149
Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Super Cat Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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+ - 239 136
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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+ - 236 134
T.O.K. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
T.O.K. Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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+ - 145 89
Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ky-Mani Marley Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

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Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Barrington Levy Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

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+ - 182 115
Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tanya Stephens Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 164 96
Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cocoa Tea Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 180 117
Spragga Benz is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Spragga Benz Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 189 117
Mad Cobra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mad Cobra Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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+ - 82 62
Red Rat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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+ - 129 77
Chaka Demus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Chaka Demus Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 111 64
Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Junior Reid Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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+ - 137 99
Papa San is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Papa San Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 147 102
Cham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cham Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 106 75
Tenor Saw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tenor Saw Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 114 81
Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Collie Buddz Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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+ - 97 67
Sister Nancy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sister Nancy Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 103 71
Lady G is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Lady G Dancehall, Reggae

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Freeman E Dangerzone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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+ - 51 43
Batman Samini, D'Banj, Tic Tac... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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+ - 84 58
Nadine Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Nadine Sutherland Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 22 16
Fantan Mojah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Fantan Mojah Reggae

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+ - 91 64
Cutty Ranks is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cutty Ranks Dancehall, Reggae

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+ - 42 43
Freeman E Dangerzone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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+ - 88 72
Alaine Laughton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Alaine Laughton Dancehall, Ska, Reggae