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The Best Reggae Bands/Artists  

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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
Reggae
2
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
3
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae
4
Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae
5
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
6
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub
7
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae
8
Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae
9
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall
10
Gregory Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock
11
UB40 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Pop music, Ska, Reggae
12
Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub
13
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
14
Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
15
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle
16
Culture is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
17
Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae
18
Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Lovers rock
19
Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
20
Third World is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae
21
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
22
Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae
23
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
24
Alpha Blondy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Rhythm and blues
25
Alborosie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
NatanAntona added Dancehall, Reggae