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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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Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Operation Ivy Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Desmond Dekker Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 7 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 Toasters is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Streetlight Manifesto Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Rancid is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Rancid Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

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Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Toots & the Maytals Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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The Pietasters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Pietasters Ska punk, Ska, Rocksteady

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Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Jimmy Cliff Ska, Reggae

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The Aggrolites is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Aggrolites Ska, Reggae, Soul music

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The Beat is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Beat New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

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Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Hepcat Ska, Rocksteady

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Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Bad Manners 2 Tone, Ska

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Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Mustard Plug Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Derrick Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Derrick Morgan Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Selecter New Wave, Ska

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Sublime is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Sublime Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

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Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Big D and the Kids Table Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

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The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Suicide Machines Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

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

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Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Voodoo Glow Skulls Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Catch 22 Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Save Ferris Ska punk

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Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Goldfinger Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

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Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Skankin' Pickle Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

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The Planet Smashers is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Mephiskapheles Ska punk, Ska

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Alton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Alton Ellis Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Fishbone Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

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The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Hub City Stompers is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Buck-O-Nine Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

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The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
The Aquabats Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

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Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Dance Hall Crashers Pop punk, Ska punk

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Radioactive Chickenheads is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Radioactive Chickenheads Ska punk, Rock music, Garage rock

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

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Delroy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Delroy Wilson Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Inspecter 7 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
No Doubt Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

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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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Suburban Legends is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Suburban Legends Disco, Pop music, Third-wave of ska

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Lee Perry is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

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New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time