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Originating in Jamaica in the late 1960s, reggae music has been a powerful vehicle to teach, uplift, and inspire people - especially those from poor neighborhoods in Jamaica. Reggae's influence reaches much further than that, though - many of the best reggae artists are known all over the world are some of the greatest musicians of all time. Though some may consider reggae Jamaican dance music, it is actually a genre influenced by mento and calypso music as well as ska, rocksteady, American jazz and R&B. The offbeat rhythms, staccato chords and a heavy bass sound have come to define the sound associated with reggae bands. Over time, reggae music has come to have both fun and relaxed songs, and serious political music as well. No matter what side of the fence you are on, famous reggae artists have turned their music into an international movement.

So, what are the best reggae artists? Any list of reggae bands has to include the likes of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Toots & the Maytals, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Damian Marley. These reggae singers are among the most recognizable in the genre and with good reason. These reggae artists have some of the biggest and most famous reggae songs of all time. Without these reggae artists, it's unlikely that the genre wouldn't have the strong, devoted following that it has today. 

That said, it's up to you to determine who is the best reggae artist. If you're familiar with the top reggae artists, then feel free to cast your vote. If you think that someone is missing, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best reggae bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest reggae 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 reggae bands that you might've heard of.
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1,735 134
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

2
647 165
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

3
505 160
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae

4
486 172
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub

5
388 117
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
519 116
Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

7
469 147
Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

8
264 85
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

9
423 159
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

10
327 100
Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub

11
328 67
Gregory Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock

12
238 75
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

13
403 164
UB40 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Pop music, Ska, Reggae

14
217 55
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

15
209 47
Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Lovers rock

16
184 37
Culture is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

17
153 53
Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

18
283 80
Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

19
231 78
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

20
168 48
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

21
148 41
Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

22
165 52
Alpha Blondy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Rhythm and blues

23
205 74
Alborosie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
NatanAntona added Dancehall, Reggae

24
152 35
Third World is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

25
187 53
Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

26
155 42
Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

27
116 35
The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

28
183 57
Inner Circle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

29
228 65
Soldiers of Jah Army is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

30
157 64
The Congos is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

31
148 48
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

32
95 21
The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

33
133 43
Morgan Heritage is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

34
123 40
Max Romeo is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

35
108 20
Jacob Miller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

36
174 71
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

37
107 47
Linton Kwesi Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dub poetry, Reggae

38
258 100
Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dancehall

39
110 24
The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

40
108 25
Don Carlos is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

41
143 60
Groundation is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Jazz fusion, Roots reggae

42
88 16
Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

43
115 48
Midnite is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

44
113 33
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

45
97 25
Lucky Dube is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Mbaqanga

46
92 21
Rebelution is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
lenzoco added Traditional music, Folk music, Reggae

47
86 22
Sugar Minott is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae

48
151 63
Maxi Priest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Lovers rock, Reggae fusion

49
141 75
Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

50
80 21
Michael Rose is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae