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

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

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484 154
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jimmy Cliff Ska, Reggae

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465 165
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Burning Spear Reggae, Dub

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

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491 111
Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Steel Pulse Reggae

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451 138
Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ziggy Marley Reggae

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252 80
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Bunny Wailer Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

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407 152
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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310 97
Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Black Uhuru Reggae, Dub

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

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

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

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206 51
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Israel Vibration Reggae, Roots reggae

The Very Best Reggae Songs

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Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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225 73
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Buju Banton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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197 43
Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dennis Brown Reggae, Lovers rock

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159 44
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Barrington Levy Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

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140 50
Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Yellowman Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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168 35
Culture is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Culture Reggae, Roots reggae

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Alborosie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
NatanAntona added Alborosie Dancehall, Reggae

The Best Mitsubishis of All Time

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Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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158 51
Alpha Blondy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Alpha Blondy Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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182 50
Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Eek-a-Mouse Reggae

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140 34
Third World is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Third World Reggae

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179 55
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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148 42
Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Desmond Dekker Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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222 62
Soldiers of Jah Army is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

The Best Dubstep Artists

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The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Abyssinians Reggae, Roots reggae

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

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132 40
Morgan Heritage is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shabba Ranks Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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88 20
The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Skatalites Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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167 65
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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255 95
Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Matisyahu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dancehall

16 Songs That Don't Mean What You Think They Do

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

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100 44
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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104 22
Don Carlos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Don Carlos Reggae

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100 20
Jacob Miller is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jacob Miller Reggae

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140 57
Groundation is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Groundation Reggae, Jazz fusion, Roots reggae

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105 23
The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Mighty Diamonds Reggae, Roots reggae

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112 30
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sizzla Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

The Best New Female Artists

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

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Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Freddie McGregor Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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89 22
Lucky Dube is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Lucky Dube Reggae, Mbaqanga

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141 71
Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gentleman Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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83 18
Rebelution is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
lenzoco added Rebelution Traditional music, Folk music, Reggae

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147 59
Maxi Priest is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Maxi Priest Reggae, Lovers rock, Reggae fusion

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52 7
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Capleton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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82 22
Sugar Minott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sugar Minott Dancehall, Reggae