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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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1,642 119
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Bob Marley Reggae

2
605 150
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

3
477 146
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jimmy Cliff Ska, Reggae

4
456 163
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Burning Spear Reggae, Dub

5
358 106
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Toots & the Maytals Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
482 108
Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Steel Pulse Reggae

7
446 130
Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ziggy Marley Reggae

8
403 142
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Damian Marley Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

9
246 78
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Bunny Wailer Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

10
304 96
Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Black Uhuru Reggae, Dub

11
301 59
Gregory Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gregory Isaacs Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock

12
218 73
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Lee “Scratch” Perry Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

13
378 147
UB40 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
UB40 Pop music, Ska, Reggae

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204 50
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Israel Vibration Reggae, Roots reggae

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267 70
Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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219 70
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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192 41
Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dennis Brown Reggae, Lovers rock

18
157 41
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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165 32
Culture is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Culture Reggae, Roots reggae

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136 47
Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Yellowman Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

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200 67
Alborosie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
NatanAntona added Alborosie Dancehall, Reggae

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158 49
Alpha Blondy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Alpha Blondy Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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134 38
Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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178 49
Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Eek-a-Mouse Reggae

25
177 53
Inner Circle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Inner Circle Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Reggae

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135 33
Third World is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Third World Reggae

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147 40
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 60
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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104 34
The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Abyssinians Reggae, Roots reggae

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130 37
Morgan Heritage is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

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148 63
The Congos is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Congos Reggae, Roots reggae

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165 61
Shaggy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shaggy Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

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137 46
Shabba Ranks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Shabba Ranks Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

34
254 91
Matisyahu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Matisyahu Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Dancehall

35
113 34
Max Romeo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Max Romeo Reggae, Roots reggae

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85 19
The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
The Skatalites Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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100 42
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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103 21
Don Carlos is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Don Carlos Reggae

39
138 55
Groundation is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Groundation Reggae, Jazz fusion, Roots reggae

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98 19
Jacob Miller is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Jacob Miller Reggae

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102 22
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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109 28
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Sizzla Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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114 45
Midnite is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Midnite Reggae

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89 20
Lucky Dube is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Lucky Dube Reggae, Mbaqanga

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79 15
Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Freddie McGregor Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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81 15
Rebelution is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
lenzoco added Rebelution Traditional music, Folk music, Reggae

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46 5
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Capleton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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141 68
Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Gentleman Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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144 57
Maxi Priest is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Maxi Priest Reggae, Lovers rock, Reggae fusion

50
110 40
Collie Buddz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Collie Buddz Dancehall, Reggae, Soca music