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

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Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Vybz Kartel Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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1,205 537
Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Beenie Man Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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788 322
Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doreen-turry added Alkaline Dancehall

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911 394
Busy Signal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Busy Signal Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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1,187 452
Mavado is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mavado Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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803 316
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sean Paul Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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641 236
Stone Bwoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
richmond-richie-rickson added Stone Bwoy

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1,339 614
Winky D is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
mimmie added Winky D Dancehall

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483 240
Chronixx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added Chronixx

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1,032 380
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Buju Banton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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765 272
Popcaan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Popcaan Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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654 247
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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609 244
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sizzla Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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430 195
Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Elephant Man Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music

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532 212
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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595 255
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Shabba Ranks Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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524 213
Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added Tommy Lee Glam metal, Nu metal, Electro house

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531 181
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Gyptian Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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396 168
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Capleton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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389 179
Lady Saw is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Lady Saw Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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390 186
Demarco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Demarco Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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315 142
Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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359 181
Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mr. Vegas Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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147 72
Ninjaman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
AndyHarripaul added Ninjaman Reggae

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286 156
Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Super Cat Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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261 151
Rihanna is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Rihanna Urban contemporary, Hip hop music, Synthpop

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156 97
Ky-Mani Marley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ky-Mani Marley Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

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243 141
T.O.K. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
T.O.K. Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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179 91
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Barrington Levy Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

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189 121
Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tanya Stephens Dancehall, Reggae

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186 122
Spragga Benz is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Spragga Benz Dancehall, Reggae

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194 120
Mad Cobra is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Mad Cobra Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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168 103
Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cocoa Tea Dancehall, Reggae

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132 83
Chaka Demus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Chaka Demus Dancehall, Reggae

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85 69
Red Rat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
mainpleine added Red Rat

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140 103
Papa San is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Papa San Hip hop music, Dancehall, Reggae

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151 107
Cham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cham Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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113 69
Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Junior Reid Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

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102 69
Sister Nancy is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Sister Nancy Dancehall, Reggae

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110 80
Tenor Saw is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tenor Saw Dancehall, Reggae

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57 46
Batman Samini, D'Banj, Tic Tac... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

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117 85
Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Collie Buddz Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

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106 74
Lady G is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Lady G Dancehall, Reggae

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55 57
Freeman E Dangerzone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
HillaryMutake added Freeman E Dangerzone

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85 62
Nadine Sutherland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Nadine Sutherland Dancehall, Reggae

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92 69
Cutty Ranks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Cutty Ranks Dancehall, Reggae

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22 20
Fantan Mojah is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Fantan Mojah Reggae

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90 78
Alaine Laughton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Alaine Laughton Dancehall, Ska, Reggae

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77 69
Tami Chynn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Tami Chynn Dancehall, Pop music, Reggae