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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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Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Collie Buddz Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Junior Reid Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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Michael Rose is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Michael Rose Reggae

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King Tubby is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
King Tubby Reggae, Dub

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Half Pint is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Half Pint Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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Sly Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sly Dunbar Reggae

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Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Super Cat Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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Alton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Alton Ellis Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Augustus Pablo is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Augustus Pablo Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

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Pato Banton & The Reggae Revol... is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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U Roy is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
U Roy Dancehall, Reggae, Dub

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Katchafire is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Katchafire Reggae

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Capleton is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Capleton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Horace Andy is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Horace Andy Trip hop, Reggae

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Rebelution is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Rebelution Traditional music, Folk music, Reggae

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The Black Seeds is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Black Seeds Ska, Rock music, Reggae

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Slightly Stoopid is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Slightly Stoopid Ska punk, Rock music, Folk music

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Garnett Silk is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Garnett Silk Dancehall, Reggae

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Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Beenie Man Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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Beres Hammond is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Beres Hammond Reggae

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Wailers Band is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Wailers Band Reggae

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Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ky-Mani Marley Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

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John Holt is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
John Holt Reggae

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Ranking Joe is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ranking Joe Reggae

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Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Tanya Stephens Dancehall, Reggae

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Jah Cure is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jah Cure Reggae, Reggae fusion

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Derrick Morgan is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Derrick Morgan Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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Dawn Penn is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dawn Penn Dancehall, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Mikey Dread is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Mikey Dread Reggae, Dub

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Dr. Alimantado is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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Marcia Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Marcia Griffiths Reggae, Roots reggae

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Iration is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Iration Rock music, Reggae, Dub

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Tiken Jah Fakoly is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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Eddy Grant is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Eddy Grant 2 Tone, Rock music, Reggae

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Gondwana is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gondwana Reggae

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Prince Buster is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Prince Buster Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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Ooklah The Moc is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ooklah The Moc Roots reggae

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Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Mr. Vegas Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Elephant Man Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music

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Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gyptian Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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Protoje is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Protoje Reggae, Reggae fusion

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Spragga Benz is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Spragga Benz Dancehall, Reggae

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Ijahman Levi is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ijahman Levi Reggae

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Eric Donaldson is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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The Ethiopians is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Ethiopians Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Mad Cobra is listed (or ranked) 97 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Mad Cobra Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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Richie Spice is listed (or ranked) 98 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Richie Spice Reggae

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Musical Youth is listed (or ranked) 99 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Musical Youth Disco, Pop music, Reggae

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The Green is listed (or ranked) 100 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists