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The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time 

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Updated February 13, 2019 8.2k votes 1.8k voters 168k views 87 items

This is a Cumbia artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. While there are tons of fantastic cumbia artists, when it comes down to it, some are just better than others. This list is designed to let the fans of cumbia separate the absolute best cumbia bands and artists from all of the rest. Cumbia was created in Colombia as a fusion of African, native Colombian, and Spanish influences. Kumbia Kings and Celso Piña are classic examples of the genre, but are they the top cumbia bands of all time?

This list of the top cumbia bands in the world includes all musicians who have released songs and albums that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Cumbia groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all cumbia bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest cumbia bands of all time, since the most famous cumbia artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best cumbia music.

List ranges from La Sonora Dinamita to Juanes, and more. Rank the best singers and groups to see them rise to the top. Is Thalía a better choice for the top of the list than Ninel Conde? Vote accordingly. All important, significant and iconic names in Mexican and Colombian cumbia music deserve your votes. You can only vote once on this list. Bands at the top of the list will  be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good cumbia bands with which to start out. 

This list answers the questions "who are the best cumbia bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest cumbia musician ever?" Whether you’re a cumbia aficionado or a new fan of cumbia music, please vote for the best cumbia artists - not  just the most popular cumbia bands that you never actually listened to. 

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La Sonora De Meno Escobe... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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La Sonora De Meno - La Cumbia del Tubo

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Carlos Vives is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Porro, Bambuco & Rock music; Nationality: Colombia
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Thalía is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Banda music, Adult contemporary music & Mexican cumbia; Nationality: United States of America
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Banda Machos is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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Pee Wee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Pop music, Latin pop & Cumbia; Nationality: United States of America
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Chris Pérez is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Rock music, Rock en Español & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America
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Juanes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Thrash metal, Pop music & Rock music; Nationality: Colombia
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Grupo Bryndis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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Totó la Momposina... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Cumbia; Nationality: Colombia
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Joe Arroyo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Porro, Salsa music & Cumbia; Nationality: Colombia
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Ana Bárbara is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Banda music, Latin pop & Ranchera; Nationality: Mexico
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Ninel Conde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Latin pop, Cumbia & Grupera; Nationality: Mexico
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Bomba Estéreo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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La Mano Ajena is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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Kumbia All Starz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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Grupo Bronco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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Los Temerarios is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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A.B. Quintanilla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Pop music & Latin pop; Nationality: United States of America
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Supermerka2 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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Celso Piña is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Vallenato and Cumbia; Nationality: Mexico
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Kumbia Kings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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La Sonora Dinamita is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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La Sombra is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
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DJ Kane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time
Genre: Hip hop music, Latin pop & Reggae; Nationality: United States of America
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Very Be Careful is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Cumbia Bands/Artists of All Time