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

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Mavado is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mavado Hip hop music, Ragga Dancehall

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Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Alkaline Dancehall

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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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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

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

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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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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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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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Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga Dancehall

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Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Elephant Man Dirty rap, Dancehall Pop music

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mr. Vegas Dancehall, Reggae Soca music

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Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Super Cat Dancehall, Reggae Reggae fusion

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Ninjaman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ninjaman Reggae

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T.O.K. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
T.O.K. Dancehall, Reggae Reggae fusion

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Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music Synthpop

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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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Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cocoa Tea Dancehall, Reggae

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Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tanya Stephens Dancehall, Reggae

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

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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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Cham is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cham Ragga, Dancehall Reggae

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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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Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Junior Reid Dancehall, Reggae Reggae fusion

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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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Lady G is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Lady G Dancehall, Reggae

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Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Collie Buddz Dancehall, Reggae Soca music

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

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Sister Nancy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sister Nancy Dancehall, Reggae

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Nadine Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Nadine Sutherland Dancehall, Reggae

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Batman Samini, D'Banj, Tic Tac... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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

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

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Brick & Lace is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Brick & Lace Hip hop music, Dancehall Pop music