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Whether they're Jamaican megastars or under-the-radar dancehall artists quietly putting out new 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.

Make sure to re-rank this list so you can share it with your friends and measure how your social network would rank these artists.
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Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Vybz Kartel Timeless, Stronger We Get, Colouring Book

2
6,098 1,342
Shatta Wale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
PagesDennisDearingTwumasi added Shatta Wale Million Miles Mixtape, Green Time Mixtape, Times & Seasons

3
1,363 546
Mavado is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mavado Gangsta for Life: The Symphony of David Brooks, On the Rock, Mr. Brooks... A Better Tomorrow

4
1,044 466
Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doreen-turry added Alkaline 123 EP, Gone Away EP

5
1,358 655
Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Beenie Man Back to Basics, Art and Life, Guns Out

6
1,035 495
Busy Signal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Busy Signal Step Out, Reggae Music Again, Reggae Dubb'n Again

7
960 409
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sean Paul Dutty Rock, The Trinity, Stage One

8
855 299
Popcaan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Popcaan We Never Fear Dem, Hott Grabba (feat. Popcaan), Where We Come From

9
1,012 375
Stonebwoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
richmond-richie-rickson added Stone Bwoy Grade 1

10
626 238
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added Tommy Lee Never a Dull Moment, Tommyland: The Ride, Trying to Be Me

11
1,364 669
Winky D is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
mimmie added Winky D War, The Devotee

12
1,096 405
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Buju Banton Voice Of Jamaica, Dubbing With the Banton, Mr. Mention

13
546 275
Chronixx is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added Chronixx Dread & Terrible, Perfect Key Riddim

14
585 239
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shaggy Intoxication, Hot Shot, Lucky Day

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15
723 265
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Damian Marley Distant Relatives, Welcome to Jamrock, Halfway Tree

16
655 265
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sizzla Black Woman & Child, Words of Truth, Best Of - Part 1

17
471 214
Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Elephant Man Higher Level, Let's Get Physical, Comin' 4 You!

18
639 270
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shabba Ranks X-tra Naked, As Raw as Ever, Holding On

19
581 199
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Gyptian Choices, My Name Is Gyptian, Hold You

20
428 187
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Capleton Prophecy, One Mission, Still Blazin'

21
356 149
Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Aidonia Then and Now

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22
417 198
Lady Saw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Lady Saw Smile, Give Me The Reason, Strip Tease

23
417 195
Demarco is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Demarco Show It, I Love My Life, Untitled

24
381 191
Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mr. Vegas Heads High, Damn Right, Reggae Max

25
306 166
Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Super Cat Sweets for My Sweet, Don Dada, The Struggle Continues

26
167 85
Ninjaman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
AndyHarripaul added Ninjaman Bounty Hunter, Target Practice, Ninja Is Ninja

27
290 170
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Rihanna Loud, Good Girl Gone Bad, Rihanna 3CD Collector's Set

28
260 151
T.O.K. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
T.O.K. My Crew, My Dawgs, Unknown Language

The Best Thumri Artists

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171 108
Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ky-Mani Marley Many More Roads, Radio, The Journey

30
196 100
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Barrington Levy Here I Come, Shaolin Temple, Englishman / Robin Hood

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205 128
Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tanya Stephens Rebelution, Ruff Rider, Too Hype

32
204 128
Spragga Benz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Spragga Benz Thug Nature, Shotta Culture1, Uncommonly Smooth

33
191 110
Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cocoa Tea Biological Warfare, Grafton 4 By 4, Save Us Oh Jah

34
216 128
Mad Cobra is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mad Cobra Mad Cobra, Hard to Wet, Easy to Dry

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148 90
Chaka Demus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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36
165 114
Cham is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cham Ghetto Story, Wow... The Story, Ghetto Pledge

37
93 77
Red Rat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doremifasola added Red Rat I'm a Big Kid Now, Oh No... It's Red Rat, Damage a Go Done / You Got It Going

38
122 74
Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Junior Reid Rasta Government, Big Timer, Emmanuel Calling

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114 74
Sister Nancy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sister Nancy The Yellow, The Purple & The Nancy, One

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144 110
Papa San is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Papa San My Story, Real and Personal, Victory

41
119 87
Tenor Saw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tenor Saw Tribute to Tenor Saw - Wake the Town, Fever, Ring the Alarm Quick

42
112 80
Lady G is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Lady G Girls Like Us

Genius Recreates Album Covers Featuring Cats

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124 95
Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Collie Buddz Collie Buddz, The Last Toke, Playback

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63 55
Batman Samini, D'Banj, Tic Tac... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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104 74
Cutty Ranks is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cutty Ranks Six Million Ways to Die, Back With a Vengeance, From Mi Heart

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89 67
Nadine Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Nadine Sutherland Call My Name

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56 63
Freeman E Dangerzone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
HillaryMutake added Freeman E Dangerzone

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27 26
Fantan Mojah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Fantan Mojah Hail the King, Stronger

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93 84
Alaine Laughton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Alaine Laughton Sacrifice

50
89 76
Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Gentleman The Cologne Session 2003, Journey to Jah, Confidence