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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.

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Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Bob Marley Reggae

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Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Burning Spear Reggae, Dub

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Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jimmy Cliff Ska, Reggae

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Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Toots & the Maytals Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Steel Pulse Reggae

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Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Black Uhuru Reggae, Dub

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Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ziggy Marley Reggae

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Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Bunny Wailer Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

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UB40 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
UB40 Pop music, Ska, Reggae

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Gregory Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gregory Isaacs Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock

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Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Lee “Scratch” Perry Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Israel Vibration Reggae, Roots reggae

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Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Buju Banton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Barrington Levy Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

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Alborosie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Alborosie Dancehall, Reggae

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Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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Alpha Blondy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Alpha Blondy Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dennis Brown Reggae, Lovers rock

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Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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Culture is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Culture Reggae, Roots reggae

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Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Eek-a-Mouse Reggae

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Soldiers of Jah Army is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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Inner Circle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Inner Circle Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

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Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Yellowman Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Desmond Dekker Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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The Congos is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Congos Reggae, Roots reggae

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The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Abyssinians Reggae, Roots reggae

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Morgan Heritage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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Third World is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Third World Reggae

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Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Matisyahu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dancehall

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Max Romeo is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Max Romeo Reggae, Roots reggae

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Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shabba Ranks Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Jacob Miller is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jacob Miller Reggae

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Groundation is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Groundation Reggae, Jazz fusion, Roots reggae

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Linton Kwesi Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Linton Kwesi Johnson Dub poetry, Reggae

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Don Carlos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Don Carlos Reggae

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Midnite is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Midnite Reggae

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Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sizzla Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Skatalites Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Mighty Diamonds Reggae, Roots reggae

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Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gentleman Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Sugar Minott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sugar Minott Dancehall, Reggae

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Maxi Priest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Maxi Priest Reggae, Lovers rock, Reggae fusion

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Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Cocoa Tea Dancehall, Reggae

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Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Freddie McGregor Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Julian Marley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Julian Marley Reggae, Roots reggae

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Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Collie Buddz Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music