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

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Don Carlos is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae Don Carlos a.k.a. Don McCarlos is a Jamaican reggae singer and composer.

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Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle Barrington Ainsworth Levy is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist.

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Cutty Ranks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae Philip Thomas, better known as Cutty Ranks is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician.

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Super Cat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae, Reggae fusion Super Cat is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement. His nickname, "Wild Apache", was given to him by his mentor Early B. ...more

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Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Dub Black Uhuru are a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru. The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick "Duckie" Simpson as the ...more

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Augustus Pablo is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub Horace Swaby, known as Augustus Pablo, was a Jamaican roots reggae and dub record producer, melodica player and keyboardist, active from the 1970s onwards. He popularised the use of the melodica ...more

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Beenie Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae Anthony Moses Davis, better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Grammy award-winning Jamaican reggae artist. He is referred to as the world's "King of Dancehall".

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Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae Sly and Robbie are a prolific Jamaican rhythm section and production duo, associated primarily with the reggae genre. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robert Shakespeare teamed up in the mid-1970s ...more

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Horace Andy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Trip hop, Reggae Horace Andy is a roots reggae songwriter and singer, known for his distinctive vocals and hit songs such as "Government Land", as well as "Angel" and "Five Man ...more

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Michael Rose is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae Michael Rose is a Grammy award winning reggae singer from Jamaica. Possessing a wide-ranged voice, Rose would regularly meet in Kingston with singers, musicians, writers, and producers such as ...more

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Tanya Stephens is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae Tanya Stephens, is an influential reggae artist who emerged in the late 1990s. Stephens is most known for her hits "Yuh Nuh Ready Fi Dis Yet" — the single was later featured on the ...more

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Culture is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Roots reggae Culture are a Jamaican roots reggae group founded in 1976. Originally they were known as the African Disciples. The one constant member until his death in 2006 was Joseph Hill.

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Earl Lindo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae Earl "Wire" Lindo is a Jamaican reggae musician, born 7 January 1953. He is a member of The Wailers and has collaborated with numerous reggae artists including Burning Spear.

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Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Roots reggae Israel Vibration are a reggae harmony group, originating from Kingston, Jamaica. Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin, Albert "Apple Gabriel" Craig, and Cecil "Skelly" Spence all ...more

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Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Lovers rock Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD was a Jamaican reggae singer. During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major ...more

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Joseph Hill is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae, Roots reggae Joseph Hill was the lead singer and songwriter for the roots reggae group Culture, most famous for their 1977 hit "Two Sevens Clash", but also well known for their "International ...more

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Elephant Man is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dirty rap, Dancehall, Pop music O'Neil Bryan, better known by his stage name Elephant Man, is a Jamaican dancehall musician.

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Leroy Sibbles is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae Leroy Sibbles is a Jamaican-Canadian reggae musician and producer. He was the lead singer for The Heptones in the 1960s and 1970s. In addition to his work with The Heptones, Sibbles was a ...more

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Bounty Killer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae Bounty Killer is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. He is the founder of a dancehall collective known as The Alliance with deejay Mavado.

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Tami Chynn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Pop music, Reggae Tammar Anika Chin, known by her stage name Tami Chynn, is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and dancer.

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Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae Sizzla Kalonji, or simply Sizzla is a reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As ...more

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Mavado is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall David Constantine Brooks, better known by his stage name Mavado, is a Jamaican musician, actor, singer and music producer.

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Sasha is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Reggae Sasha is a dancehall deejay. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, she was raised in Brooklyn. Her first big hit was "Kill the Bitch" while she was still well in her teens. In 1998, she wrote ...more

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Brick & Lace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Hip hop music, Dancehall, Pop music Brick and Lace are a Jamaican R&B reggae fusion musical duo consisting of sisters Nyanda and Nailah Thorbourne. Originally Brick & Lace consisted of three sisters Tasha, Nailah, and ...more

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Ken Boothe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Bands from Jamaica
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady Ken Boothe OD is a Jamaican vocalist known for his distinctive vibrato and timbre. Boothe achieved an international reputation as one of Jamaica's finest vocalists through a series of crossover ...more