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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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1,378 81
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Bob Marley Reggae

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496 109
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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401 110
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jimmy Cliff Ska, Reggae

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388 137
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Burning Spear Reggae, Dub

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303 81
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Toots & the Maytals Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
381 96
Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ziggy Marley Reggae

7
396 93
Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Steel Pulse Reggae

8
342 109
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

9
216 65
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Bunny Wailer Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

10
278 82
Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Black Uhuru Reggae, Dub

11
257 48
Gregory Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gregory Isaacs Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock

12
197 59
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Lee “Scratch” Perry Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

13
326 119
UB40 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
UB40 Pop music, Ska, Reggae

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174 40
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Israel Vibration Reggae, Roots reggae

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193 58
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Buju Banton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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135 31
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Barrington Levy Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

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227 58
Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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167 34
Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dennis Brown Reggae, Lovers rock

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174 55
Alborosie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
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108 34
Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Yellowman Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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141 41
Alpha Blondy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Alpha Blondy Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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129 25
Culture is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Culture Reggae, Roots reggae

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118 34
Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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156 43
Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Eek-a-Mouse Reggae

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201 49
Soldiers of Jah Army is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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158 48
Inner Circle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Inner Circle Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

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110 27
Third World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Third World Reggae

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127 37
Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Desmond Dekker Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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114 33
Morgan Heritage is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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89 30
The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Abyssinians Reggae, Roots reggae

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234 79
Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Matisyahu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dancehall

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133 60
The Congos is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Congos Reggae, Roots reggae

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134 49
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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122 43
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shabba Ranks Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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85 14
Jacob Miller is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jacob Miller Reggae

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101 31
Max Romeo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Max Romeo Reggae, Roots reggae

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89 36
Linton Kwesi Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Linton Kwesi Johnson Dub poetry, Reggae

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124 47
Groundation is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Groundation Reggae, Jazz fusion, Roots reggae

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86 18
Don Carlos is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Don Carlos Reggae

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93 23
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sizzla Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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67 18
The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Skatalites Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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101 41
Midnite is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Midnite Reggae

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122 56
Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gentleman Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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81 20
The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Mighty Diamonds Reggae, Roots reggae

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71 18
Sugar Minott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sugar Minott Dancehall, Reggae

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129 54
Maxi Priest is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Maxi Priest Reggae, Lovers rock, Reggae fusion

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64 14
Cocoa Tea is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Cocoa Tea Dancehall, Reggae

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58 12
Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Freddie McGregor Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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92 34
Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Collie Buddz Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music

50
65 17
Lucky Dube is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Lucky Dube Reggae, Mbaqanga