Reggae The Best Dub Musicians  

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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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160 30
King Tubby is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

2
122 27
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

3
110 22
Scientist is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

4
80 16
Augustus Pablo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

5
46 7
Dub Syndicate is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

6
65 17
Mad Professor is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Oldschool jungle, Reggae, Dub

7
57 16
Fat Freddy's Drop is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Traditional music, Folk music, Reggae

8
44 11
10 Foot Ganja Plant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

9
31 5
Vibronics is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

10
33 8
The Aggrovators is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

11
28 5
Jah Shaka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Rhythm and blues, Roots reggae

12
33 9
Alpha & Omega is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

13
27 5
U Roy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Dancehall, Reggae, Dub

14
28 6
The Skints is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Ska, Reggae, Dub

15
25 4
Joe Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

16
25 4
Mikey Dread is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

17
24 5
Adrian Sherwood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Industrial music, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

18
24 6
Keith Hudson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

19
22 5
Salmonella Dub is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dub Musicians

20
19 3
Dub Incorporation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Dancehall, Reggae, Dub

21
20 4
Linval Thompson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

22
23 8
The Black Seeds is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Ska, Rock music, Reggae

23
17 3
Dennis Bovell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock

24
19 5
Errol Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

25
14 2
Dub Colossus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

26
14 2
Thievery Corporation is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
tobias-pabst added Hip hop music, Downtempo, Lounge music

27
13 2
Dreadzone is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Folk music, Electronic music, Reggae

28
15 4
Jah Wobble is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Experimental rock, World music, Dub

29
17 6
Asian Dub Foundation is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Hip hop music, Ragga, Oldschool jungle

30
6 0
340ml is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub, Alternative rock

31
6 0
Clive Chin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Dub, Reggae

32
12 2
Bill Laswell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Industrial hip hop, Experimental music, Dub

33
15 5
Long Beach Dub Allstars is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Ska, Rock music, Reggae rock

34
11 2
The Rootsman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dub Musicians

35
8 1
Rhombus is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

36
9 2
Destroy Babylon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Rock music, Reggae, Dub

37
10 3
Dub Trio is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Rock music, Heavy metal, Dub

38
10 3
Shapeshifter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Drum and bass, Dub, Soul music

39
12 5
Roots Manuva is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Experimental hip hop

40
8 2
Winston McAnuff is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub, Funk

41
9 3
The Disciples is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Roots reggae, Dub

42
10 4
Gentleman's Dub Club is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Dubstep, 2 Tone, Ska

43
7 2
Ari Up is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Dancehall, Reggae, Dub

44
9 4
De Facto is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Chicano rock, Salsa music, Electronic dance music

45
7 2
John Brown's Body is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Indie, Ska, Reggae

46
7 2
Singers & Players is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub

47
5 0
Future Pigeon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Dub, Punk rock

48
7 2
Prince Fatty is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Dub Musicians

49
12 7
Gotan Project is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Nu jazz, Nuevo tango, Trip hop

50
7 2
Willi Williams is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Dub Musicians
Reggae, Dub