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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.

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    Ball of Fire, Lucky Seven, In Orbit

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    Rasta Government, Big Timer, Emmanuel Calling

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    Big Ship, Grafton 4 By 4, Di Captain

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    Awake, A Time & Place, Lion in the Morning

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    Jah Is the One, Natty Dread a Weh She Want, Skylarking

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    Together as One, Lucky Dube Live In Uganda (The King of African Reggae), ...

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    Grafton 4 By 4, Never Give It Up, Be Yourself

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    Revival, Best So Far, Say What You're Thinking

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    Pick Your Choice, One in a Million, Hammer Dub

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    Sly, Wicked and Slick, Black Ash Dub

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    Seven Letters, I Am the Ruler, Moon Hop

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    Fast Forward to Africa, Zion High, World in Trouble

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    The Rightful Ruler, Super Boss: The Great Treasure Isle Collection, Volume ...

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    On the Sun, Into the Dojo, Dust and Dirt

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    No, No, No

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    Live in Jamaica, Jah Message, I.D.

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    Best Dressed Chicken in Town, Wonderful Time, Kings Bread

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    King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown, Rockers Meets King Tubbys in a Fire ...

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    Rebelution, Ruff Rider, Too Hype

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    Free Jah's Cure - The Album, The Truth, True Reflections... A New ...

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    Tony Rebel Meets Garnett Silk in a Dancehall Conference, Killamanjaro ...

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    Mr Soul of Jamaica, Cry Tough, Sunday Coming

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    Chronchitis, Closer to the Sun, The Longest Barrel Ride

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    Back to Basics, Art and Life, Guns Out

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    Pave the Way, Rasta in Control, World War III

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    Many More Roads, Radio, The Journey

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    1000 Volts of Holt, The Tide Is High, Red Green And Golden Hits

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    Choices, My Name Is Gyptian, Hold You

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    Higher Level, Let's Get Physical, Comin' 4 You!

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    Play Me Sweet and Nice, Put A Little Love In Your Heart, Truly

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    Dutty Rock, The Trinity, Stage One

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    Thug Nature, Shotta Culture1, Uncommonly Smooth

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    FABulous Greatest Hits, Judge Dread Rock Steady, Hush Up!!!

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    No Protection, Super Ape Inna Jungle, Dub Me Crazy

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    File Under Rock, Going for Broke, Killer on the Rampage

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    Made in Jamaica, Second Coming, Resiliente

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    Gangster, Prankster & Rasta, Three Piece Suit

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    Incredible, Spirit & Faith, In the Chamber of Dub

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    Keep on Riding, The Very Best Of, Love of the Common People

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    Tribute to Tenor Saw - Wake the Town, Fever, Ring the Alarm Quick

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    Run Down the World, Tribute To Nitty Gritty, Trials and Crosses

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    Life Squared, Any Which Way... Freedom, The Mystery Unfolds

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    Lion Dub Beauty, Monkey Man, Ijahman Levi & Bob Marley in Dub

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    Heads High, Damn Right, Reggae Max

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    Trabajo de Hormiga, Repatriación, Brillando por Negus

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    Cours d'Histoire, Françafrique, Le Caméléon

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    Mad Cobra, Hard to Wet, Easy to Dry

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    The Youth of Today, Musical Youth Anthology, The Best of Musical Youth: ...

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    Below the Bassline, Surfin', Now Is the Time

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    Chocolate Supa Highway, Home, Yell Fire!

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