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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3,791 1,235
Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

2
6,202 1,446
Shatta Wale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
PagesDennisDearingTwumasi added Dancehall

3
1,459 588
Mavado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

4
1,142 521
Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doreen-turry added Dancehall

5
1,425 691
Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

6
1,080 527
Busy Signal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

7
1,020 439
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

8
939 334
Popcaan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

9
1,054 417
Stonebwoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
richmond-richie-rickson added Reggae, Dancehall, Hiplife

10
678 266
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

11
586 290
Chronixx is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added

12
1,148 415
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

13
626 252
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

14
1,382 691
Winky D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
mimmie added Dancehall

15
759 274
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

16
686 277
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

17
670 278
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

18
493 229
Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music

19
603 212
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

20
453 198
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

21
387 163
Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

22
436 207
Lady Saw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

23
428 209
Demarco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

24
399 202
Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

25
185 95
Ninjaman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
AndyHarripaul added Reggae

26
326 175
Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

27
275 157
T.O.K. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

28
299 185
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

29
182 118
Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

30
213 108
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

31
222 133
Spragga Benz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

32
235 133
Mad Cobra is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

33
207 115
Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

34
216 135
Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

35
162 95
Chaka Demus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

36
176 119
Cham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

37
105 86
Red Rat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doremifasola added

38
133 80
Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

39
124 80
Sister Nancy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

40
152 115
Papa San is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

41
130 92
Tenor Saw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

42
119 78
Cutty Ranks is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

43
134 99
Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

44
100 69
Nadine Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

45
119 86
Lady G is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae

46
67 62
Batman Samini, D'Banj, Tic Tac... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

47
33 31
Fantan Mojah is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Reggae

48
58 70
Freeman E Dangerzone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
HillaryMutake added

49
100 89
Alaine Laughton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Ska, Reggae

50
70 62
Sugar Minott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae