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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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Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Mavado is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Stonebwoy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Popcaan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Winky D is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Busy Signal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Tommy Lee is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Chronixx is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Capleton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Shatta Wale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Lady Saw is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Demarco is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
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Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time