The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time 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.

Make sure to re-rank this list so you can share it with your friends and measure how your social network would rank these artists.
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    Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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    Shatta Wale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

    the people's #1 & added by PagesDennisDearingTwumasi
    Dancehall

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    Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Dancehall

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Dancehall

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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    Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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    Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music

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    Stone Bwoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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    Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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    Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

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    Reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

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    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

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    Chaka Demus is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time


    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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    Tenor Saw is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time


    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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    Red Rat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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    Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Nadine Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time


    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Dancehall, Pop music, Reggae

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    Hip hop music, Dancehall, Pop music

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    Dancehall, Reggae

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    Freeman E Dangerzone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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    Dancehall, Ska, Reggae

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    Dancehall, Reggae

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