Reggae 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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1,847 148
Bob Marley is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

2
687 180
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

3
533 175
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae

4
512 191
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub

5
409 124
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
554 122
Steel Pulse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

7
484 161
Ziggy Marley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

8
348 111
Black Uhuru is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub

9
351 75
Gregory Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Dub, Lovers rock

10
447 171
Damian Marley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Ragga, Dancehall

11
282 95
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

12
254 86
Lee
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

13
435 180
UB40 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Pop music, Ska, Reggae

14
227 52
Dennis Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Lovers rock

15
227 63
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

16
159 48
Sly and Robbie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

17
202 40
Culture is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

18
184 50
Barrington Levy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Ragga jungle

19
165 58
Yellowman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Ragga, Dancehall, Reggae

20
299 86
Stephen Marley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists

21
243 84
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

22
185 57
Alpha Blondy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Rhythm and blues

23
170 36
Third World is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

24
207 56
Eek-a-Mouse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae

25
215 82
Alborosie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Reggae Bands/Artists
NatanAntona added Dancehall, Reggae