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The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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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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    Sun Is Shining, One Love, Rainbow Country

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

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    Marcus Garvey, FreeMan, Our Music

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

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

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    Sound the System, 2 Times Revolution, Rastafari Anthem

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    Paris Bercy, The Prophets, Masada

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

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    Bad to the Bone, Bad Boys, Reggae Thing

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    Here I Come, Shaolin Temple, Englishman / Robin Hood

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

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    The Harder They Come, Israelites, This Is Desmond Dekkar

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

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

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

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

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    Forward on to Zion, Satta Massagana, Forward

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    We Free Again, Dub Wars, Hebron Gate

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    Mister Yellowman, King Yellowman, Operation Radication

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    Dread Beat an' Blood, Bass Culture, Making History

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

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    Two Sevens Clash, Cumbolo, International Herb

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

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    The Way, Free Indeed, Treasure

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    Intoxication, Hot Shot, Lucky Day

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

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    Intentions, Best of Me, Sosv1

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    Black Roots, King Son, Leave Out A Babylon

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