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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4,003 1,325
Vybz Kartel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

2
6,391 1,567
Shatta Wale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
PagesDennisDearingTwumasi added Dancehall

3
1,272 590
Alkaline is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
doreen-turry added Dancehall

4
1,575 660
Mavado is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

5
1,495 722
Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

6
1,141 556
Busy Signal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

7
1,081 467
Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

8
1,026 360
Popcaan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

9
1,107 466
Stonebwoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
richmond-richie-rickson added Reggae, Dancehall, Hiplife

10
641 305
Chronixx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
sti66a added

11
732 294
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
1,215 436
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

13
660 268
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

14
1,417 714
Winky D is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
mimmie added Dancehall

15
798 284
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

16
717 290
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

17
709 288
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

18
518 241
Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music

19
425 171
Aidonia is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time

20
484 207
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

21
630 225
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

22
459 215
Lady Saw is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

23
202 108
Ninjaman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
AndyHarripaul added Reggae

24
448 219
Demarco is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion

25
421 210
Mr. Vegas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dancehall Artists of All Time
Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music