The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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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 people's #1 & most listed
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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    Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    ranked low on reranks & added by fatherrhyme
    2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk Ska, 2-Tone, Dub, 3rd wave ska

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    Ska punk, Ska, Rocksteady

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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    Ska, Rocksteady

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    Ska, Reggae

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    often listed & added by fatherrhyme
    Ska punk, Punk rock Ska, Ska Punk, Reggae, Punk Rock, Pop Punk

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    2 Tone, Ska

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    added by OneontaSka
    Ska, Reggae, Soul music

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    added by WallyZialcita
    New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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    Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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    Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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    Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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    Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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    Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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    added by OneontaSka
    New Wave, Ska

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    Ska punk

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    added by OneontaSka

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    Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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    ranked low on reranks & added by behessel
    Ska punk, Ska

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    Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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    Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

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    Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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    The Allstonians is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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    Ska, Reggae

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    Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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    Pop punk, Ska punk

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Ska punk, Ska, Punk rock

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    The Scofflaws is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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    Ska

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    Inspecter 7 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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    Ska

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    Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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    Christian punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

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