Bands/Musicians List of Famous Bands from Jamaica

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List of Jamaica bands, listed by their level of fame. This Jamaica musicians list includes both bands and solo artists. All famous Jamaica bands are included, as well as many Jamaica musicians of underground status. This list of Jamaica musical artists includes information like what genre the artist falls under, what albums they've put out and more. If you want to know more about these famous Jamaica bands you can click on their names to learn more about them. Bands from every genre are listed here, including rock, pop, hip-hop/rap, jazz, and more.

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Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae
Jimmy Cliff, OM is a Jamaican ska & reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and actor. He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be ...more
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Canibus is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Political hip hop
Germaine Williams better known by his stage name Canibus, is a Jamaican-American rapper, actor and member of The Hrsmn, Sharpshooterz, Cloak N Dagga, The Undergods, and one-half of T.H.E.M. ...more
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Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
Lee "Scratch" Perry CD is a Jamaican reggae producer noted for his innovative studio techniques and production values. Perry was one of the pioneers in the development of dub music ...more
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Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
Peter Tosh, OM was a Jamaican reggae musician. Along with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer he was one of the core members of the band The Wailers, after which he established himself as a successful ...more
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Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
Bob Marley and the Wailers were a Jamaican reggae and ska band created by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. The band formed when self-taught musician Hubert Winston McIntosh met Neville ...more
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Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae
David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band, Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers. He is the oldest son of Rita Marley and Bob Marley.
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Sean Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques, known by his stage name Sean Paul, is a Jamaican dancehall rapper, musician, singer, producer and actor.
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Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and rock steady vocal groups. According to Allmusic, "The Maytals were key ...more
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Heavy D is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Contemporary R&B, New jack swing
Dwight Errington Myers, better known as Heavy D, was a Jamaican-born American rapper, record producer, singer, actor, and former leader of Heavy D & the Boyz, a hip hop group which included ...more
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Sean Kingston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Pop music, Reggae
Kisean Anderson, better known by his stage name Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter and actor whose first album, Sean Kingston, was released in 2007.
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Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
Orville Richard Burrell CD, best known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-born American reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles "Boombastic", ...more
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Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae
Eek-A-Mouse is a Jamaican reggae musician. He is one of the early artists to be described as a "singjay".
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Kool DJ Herc is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music
Clive Campbell, also known as Kool Herc, DJ Kool Herc and Kool DJ Herc, is a Jamaican-born American DJ who is credited with originating hip hop music in the early 1970s in The Bronx, New York ...more
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Toots Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert is a Jamaican singer and songwriter, known as the leader for the reggae and ska band Toots & the Maytals.
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Boney M. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Disco, Pop music, Euro disco
Boney M. is a vocal group created by German record producer Frank Farian. Originally based in Germany, the four original members of the group's official line-up were Jamaican-born singers Liz ...more
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Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
Buju Banton is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. Banton has recorded pop and dance songs, as well as songs dealing with sociopolitical topics. He released early dancehall singles ...more
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Jepther McClymont is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae
Jepther McClymont OD better known as Luciano, is a Jamaican second-generation roots reggae artist.
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Junior Reid is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion
Delroy "Junior" Reid is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician, best known for the songs "One Blood" and "This Is Why I'm Hot", as well as being the lead vocalist ...more
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Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae
Yellowman is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay, widely known as King Yellowman. He was popular in Jamaica in the 1980s, coming to prominence with a series of singles that established his ...more
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Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae
Shabba Ranks is a Jamaican dancehall musician. He was one of the most popular dancehall artists of his generation. He was also one of the first Jamaican deejays to gain worldwide acceptance, and ...more
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Gregory Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock
Gregory Anthony Isaacs was a Jamaican reggae musician. Milo Miles, writing in The New York Times, described Isaacs as "the most exquisite vocalist in reggae". His nickname was the Cool
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DJ Clue is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Rhythm and blues
Ernesto Shaw better known as DJ Clue?, is an American DJ, record producer, and radio personality.
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Junior Marvin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Rock music, Reggae, Rhythm and blues
Junior Marvin also known as Junior Marvin-Hanson, Junior Hanson and Junior Kerr, is a Jamaican-born guitarist and singer best known for his association with Bob Marley and The Wailers. He ...more
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The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Roots reggae
Mighty Diamonds are a Jamaican harmony trio, recording roots reggae with a strong Rastafarian influence. was formed in 1969 and remains together as of 2012. They are best known for their 1976 ...more
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The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
The Skatalites are a ska band from Jamaica. They played initially between 1963 and 1965, and recorded many of their best known songs in the period, including "Guns of Navarone." They ...more