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The Best Dub Musicians 

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Updated June 8, 2017 2.5k votes 691 voters 83.7k views 156 items

Born out of the reggae movement of the 1960s, dub is a subgenre of reggae that primarily delves into instrumental remixes of those original reggae tracks. The best dub artists remix and make the original songs theirs, literally. Many of the songs the best dub artists add reverb and other features to the songs, and in some cases, the remixed songs are more popular than the originals. Famous dub artists have built an almost legendary persona that exceeds their musical output and remain as important to reggae music as any artist.

So, what are the best dub artists? While there are plenty of dub reggae artists, only a handful can be considered at or near the top. Any list has to start with the likes of Lee "Scratch" Perry, Errol Thompson, King Tubby, Keith Hudson and Mad Professor. These musicians are widely known as the best dub artists, and with good reason. Their influences goes beyond dub music and the bands they've had an impact on is countless.

That said, it's up to you to decide what are the best dub artists. If you notice someone isn't on this list and should be, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best dub bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest dub 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 dub bands that you might've heard of. (156 items)
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King Tubby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Scientist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Augustus Pablo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Mad Professor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Dub Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Fat Freddy's Drop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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10 Foot Ganja Plant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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The Aggrovators is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Jah Shaka is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Adrian Sherwood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Alpha & Omega is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Keith Hudson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Vibronics is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Mikey Dread is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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The Skints is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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U Roy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Linval Thompson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Salmonella Dub is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Errol Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Dennis Bovell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Dub Incorporation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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The Black Seeds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
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Long Beach Dub Allstars ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dub Musicians