Bands/Musicians The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time  

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Whether they're Jamaican megastars or under-the-radar dancehall artists quietly putting out new dancehall songs - the top dancehall bands on this list have enough of a fanbase to sell out music halls and theaters around the world. While dancehall started in the late 1970s in Jamaica as an offshoot of reggae, the genre saw a new wave of popularity come in when current crossover artists like Rihanna and M.I.A. introduced elements of dancehall to a broader audience of hip hop and R&B fans. Those who have fallen in love with the genre through current songs can go back and rediscover top dancehall artists - like Yellowman and Eek-a-Mouse - who are must-listens for any fan of dancehall. This represents a look at greatest dancehall bands of all time - across many decades - since the most famous dancehall artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best dancehall music.

You can click on the dancehall band names to see more information about that particular notable dancehall group. If they're near the top of the best dancehall artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top dancehall bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the dancehall band names themselves.

All important, significant and iconic names in dancehall music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new dancehall bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of dancehall, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into dancehall music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good dancehall bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent dancehall bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best dancehall bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dancehall 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 dancehall bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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3,891 1,281
Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

2
6,293 1,511
Shatta Wale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
PagesDennisDearingTwumasi added Dancehall

3
1,509 619
Mavado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

4
1,201 555
Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doreen-turry added Dancehall

5
1,454 706
Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

6
1,113 540
Busy Signal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

7
1,047 452
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

8
991 343
Popcaan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

9
1,082 435
Stonebwoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
richmond-richie-rickson added Reggae, Dancehall, Hiplife

10
612 295
Chronixx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added

11
707 278
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

12
1,179 423
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

13
639 260
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

14
1,399 702
Winky D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
mimmie added Dancehall

15
775 279
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

16
701 281
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

17
682 283
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

18
502 235
Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music

19
616 217
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

20
404 166
Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

21
467 203
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

22
446 212
Lady Saw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

23
437 216
Demarco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

24
408 208
Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

25
192 102
Ninjaman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
AndyHarripaul added Reggae

26
332 181
Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

27
280 162
T.O.K. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

28
191 123
Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

29
310 192
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

30
219 112
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

31
228 137
Spragga Benz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

32
240 136
Mad Cobra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

33
210 119
Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

34
220 138
Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

35
164 99
Chaka Demus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

36
181 123
Cham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

37
107 89
Red Rat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doremifasola added

38
135 82
Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

39
125 83
Sister Nancy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

40
133 95
Tenor Saw is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

41
153 119
Papa San is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

42
138 101
Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

43
121 80
Cutty Ranks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

44
102 71
Nadine Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

45
122 90
Lady G is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

46
68 65
Batman Samini, D'Banj, Tic Tac... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

47
34 33
Fantan Mojah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Reggae

48
104 92
Alaine Laughton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Ska, Reggae

49
60 74
Freeman E Dangerzone is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
HillaryMutake added

50
72 64
Sugar Minott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae