13,733 votes 2,344 voters 539,357 views 296 items tags f p @

The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

Originating in Jamaica in the late 1960s, reggae music has been a powerful vehicle to teach, uplift, and inspire people - especially those from poor neighborhoods in Jamaica. Reggae's influence reaches much further than that, though - many of the best reggae artists are known all over the world are some of the greatest musicians of all time. Though some may consider reggae Jamaican dance music, it is actually a genre influenced by mento and calypso music as well as ska, rocksteady, American jazz and R&B. The offbeat rhythms, staccato chords and a heavy bass sound have come to define the sound associated with reggae bands. Over time, reggae music has come to have both fun and relaxed songs, and serious political music as well. No matter what side of the fence you are on, famous reggae artists have turned their music into an international movement.

So, what are the best reggae artists? Any list of reggae bands has to include the likes of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Toots & the Maytals, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Damian Marley. These reggae singers are among the most recognizable in the genre and with good reason. These reggae artists have some of the biggest and most famous reggae songs of all time. Without these reggae artists, it's unlikely that the genre wouldn't have the strong, devoted following that it has today. 

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best reggae artist. If you're familiar with the top reggae artists, then feel free to cast your vote. If you think that someone is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best reggae bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest reggae 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 reggae bands that you might've heard of.

The Best Reggae Bands/Artists Bands/Musicians
  • 10 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options
B Comments
& Embed
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 954
    - 40

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Sun Is Shining, One Love, Rainbow Country

    ; buy now
  2. 2
    + 335
    - 47


    Legalize It, Bush Doctor, The Toughest

    ; buy at  
  3. 3
    + 282
    - 64


    The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff, Many Rivers to Cross

    ; buy at  
  4. 4
    + 280
    - 90

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Marcus Garvey, FreeMan, Our Music

    ; buy at  
  5. 5
    + 203
    - 40


    The Harder They Come, Funky Kingston, Sweet and Dandy: the Best of Toots ...

    ; buy at  
  6. 6
    + 272
    - 49


    Sound System: The Island Anthology, Earth Crisis, Victims

    ; buy at  
  7. 7
    + 247
    - 47


    Distant Relatives, Welcome to Jamrock, Halfway Tree

    ; buy at  
  8. 8
    + 276
    - 49


    Dragonfly, Love Is My Religion, Wild and Free

    ; buy at  
  9. 9
    + 189
    - 42


    Red, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Anthem

    ; buy at  
  10. 10
    + 202
    - 49


    Labour of Love, The UB40 File, Labour of Love III

    ; buy at  
  11. 11
    + 158
    - 23


    Night Nurse, Extra Classic, All I Have Is Love: Anthology 1968 to 1995

    ; buy at  
  12. 12
    + 140
    - 39

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Retrospective, Blackheart Man, Crucial! Roots Classics

    ; buy at  
  13. 13
    + 156
    - 26


    Mind Control, Revelation, Part 1: The Root of Life

    ; buy at  
  14. 14
    + 110
    - 16


    Wolf & Leopards, Absolutely the Best of Dennis Brown, Travelling Man ...

    ; buy at  
  15. 15
    + 94
    - 15


    Power of the Trinity, Free To Move, The Same Song Dub/Unconquered People ...

    ; buy at  
  16. 16
    + 126
    - 40


    Revolution Dub, Super Ape Inna Jungle, Time Boom X De Devil Dead

    ; buy at  
  17. 17
    + 142
    - 38


    Voice Of Jamaica, Dubbing With the Banton, Mr. Mention

    ; buy at  
  18. 18
    + 82
    - 13


    Friends, New Legend - Jamaica 50th Edition, Dance hall killers!

    ; buy at  
  19. 19
    + 125
    - 21


    Dub in a Time of War, Peace in a Time of War, Get Wiser

    buy at  
  20. 20
    + 99
    - 20

    added by NatanAntona
    Sound the System, 2 Times Revolution, Rastafari Anthem

    ; buy at  
  21. 21
    + 68
    - 9


    Here I Come, Shaolin Temple, Englishman / Robin Hood

    ; buy at  
  22. 22
    + 83
    - 15


    Paris Bercy, The Prophets, Masada

    ; buy at  
  23. 23
    + 110
    - 24


    Bad to the Bone, Bad Boys, Reggae Thing

    ; buy at  
  24. 24
    + 106
    - 20


    No Wicked Can't Reign, Eek-A-Nomics, Wa-Do-Dem

    ; buy at  
  25. 25
    + 177
    - 50


    No Place to Be, Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2

    ; buy at  
  26. 26
    + 83
    - 20


    The Harder They Come, Israelites, This Is Desmond Dekkar

    ; buy at  
  27. 27
    + 46
    - 4


    Jacob Miller Meets Fatman Riddim Section, In a Tenement Yard, Song Book ...

    ; buy at  
  28. 28
    + 100
    - 41


    Heart of the Congos, Cock Mouth Kill Cock, Congo Ashanti

    buy at  
  29. 29
    + 74
    - 15


    Morgan Heritage Family and Friends, Volume 3 (disc 1), Protect Us Jah

    ; buy at  
  30. 30
    + 59
    - 20

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Dread Beat an' Blood, Bass Culture, Making History

    ; buy at  
  31. 31
    + 67
    - 12


    Mister Yellowman, King Yellowman, Operation Radication

    ; buy at  
  32. 32
    + 91
    - 30


    We Free Again, Dub Wars, Hebron Gate

    buy at  
  33. 33
    + 65
    - 10


    Two Sevens Clash, Cumbolo, International Herb

    ; buy at  
  34. 34
    + 75
    - 26


    The Way, Free Indeed, Treasure

    ; buy at  
  35. 35
    + 67
    - 14


    War Ina Babylon, Open the Iron Gate 1973 - 1977, I Love My Music

    ; buy at  
  36. 36
    + 58
    - 16


    Forward on to Zion, Satta Massagana, Forward

    buy at  
  37. 37
    + 84
    - 28


    X-tra Naked, As Raw as Ever, Holding On

    ; buy at  
  38. 38
    + 83
    - 23


    Intoxication, Hot Shot, Lucky Day

    ; buy at  
  39. 39
    + 63
    - 15


    Serious Business, Committed, Ain't Givin' Up...

    buy at  
  40. 40
    + 101
    - 41


    Intentions, Best of Me, Sosv1

    ; buy at  
  41. 41
    + 41
    - 5


    Biological Warfare, Grafton 4 By 4, Save Us Oh Jah

    ; buy at  
  42. 42
    + 50
    - 7


    Black Roots, King Son, Leave Out A Babylon

    ; buy at  
  43. 43
    + 35
    - 4


    King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown, Fatman Presents Twin Spin, Volume 1: Dub ...

    ; buy at  
  44. 44
    + 47
    - 8


    Black Woman & Child, Words of Truth, Best Of - Part 1

    ; buy at  
  45. 45
    + 54
    - 9


    Right Time, The Mighty Diamonds Meets Don Carlos & Gold at the Channel ...

    ; buy at  
  46. 46
    + 57
    - 17


    Collie Buddz, The Last Toke, Playback

    ; buy at  
  47. 47
    + 70
    - 36


    The Cologne Session 2003, Journey to Jah, Confidence

    ; buy at  
  48. 48
    + 57
    - 17


    Stay Positive, Spirits in the Material World, Collections

    ; buy at  
  49. 49
    + 52
    - 21


    Sweets for My Sweet, Don Dada, The Struggle Continues

    ; buy at  
  50. 50
    + 46
    - 6


    Time Is the Master, Lazer Beam, RAS Portraits

    ; buy at  
297 +

Something missing? Add it!

items 1 - 50 of 296

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >