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People may not realize this, but ska music originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ska music's influence ranges beyond ska bands. Without ska music, genres like reggae and rocksteady may not have come to be. The ska beat is heavily influenced by American R&B music and has grown into one of the most popular standalone musical genres. It is also one of the most distinct - famous ska bands are rarely confused as being from another genre. The best ska bands are some of the most popular in the world due to the eclectic sound and the diverse instruments used in shaping the music. Ska bands had a surge in popularity in the 1990s with albums like Sell Out (Reel Big Fish) and Super Rad! (The Aquabats) taking over the radio waves. This is the era where some of the best ska bands emerged and haven't let up since.

So, what are the best ska bands? Any list of ska bands has to include names like Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, The Specials, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Aquabats and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. These bands are widely considered some of the best in the genre and with good reason. With some of the best ska songs, exciting live shows and a sound that encapsulates the best of what ska music has to offer, there's no doubt that these bands are rightfully considered at or near the top of the list of ska bands.

That said, it's up to to you to determine what are the best ska bands. If you notice that a ska band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best ska bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ska 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 ska bands that you might've heard of. 
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The Specials is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Specials New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Skatalites Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Madness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Madness New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Toots & the Maytals Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Desmond Dekker Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Jimmy Cliff Ska, Reggae

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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Operation Ivy Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Hepcat Ska, Rocksteady

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Selecter New Wave, Ska

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Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Reel Big Fish Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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The Beat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Beat New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Toasters 2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk - Ska, 2-Tone, Dub, 3rd wave ska

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The Aggrolites is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Aggrolites Ska, Reggae, Soul music

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Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Bad Manners 2 Tone, Ska

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Prince Buster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Prince Buster Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Mad Caddies Ska punk, Punk rock - Ska, Ska Punk, Reggae, Punk Rock, Pop Punk

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Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Streetlight Manifesto Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Derrick Morgan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Derrick Morgan Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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Laurel Aitken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Laurel Aitken Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Less Than Jake Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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The Pietasters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Pietasters Ska punk, Ska, Rocksteady

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Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Voodoo Glow Skulls Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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Alton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Alton Ellis Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Big D and the Kids Table Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Skankin' Pickle Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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Lee Perry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Mustard Plug Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Suicide Machines Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Save Ferris Ska punk

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Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Catch 22 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Ska, Japanese ska, Jazz

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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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English Beat is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Delroy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Delroy Wilson Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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The Planet Smashers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Planet Smashers Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

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New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Mephiskapheles Ska punk, Ska

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Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Dance Hall Crashers Pop punk, Ska punk

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Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Buck-O-Nine Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Bim Skala Bim is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Bim Skala Bim Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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The Allstonians is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Allstonians Ska, Reggae

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Los Fabulosos Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs Ska, Rock music, Folk music