Bands/Musicians The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists  

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Rocksteady artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good rocksteady bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top rocksteady bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. Rocksteady groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all rocksteady bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest rocksteady bands of all time, since the most famous rocksteady artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best rocksteady music.

You can click on the rocksteady band names to see more information about that particular notable rocksteady group. If they're near the top of the best rocksteady artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top rocksteady bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the rocksteady band names themselves.

List is made up of a variety of artists, including Lee "Scratch" Perry and Peter Tosh. Upvote the artists you like and downvote the artists you don't. The list includes Toots & the Maytals and Toots Hibbert so that you have plenty of choices on what to vote for.

All important, significant and iconic names in rocksteady music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely. You can only vote once on this list.

The list includes all new rocksteady bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of rocksteady, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into rocksteady music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good rocksteady bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent rocksteady bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best rocksteady bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest rocksteady 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 rocksteady bands that you might've heard of, but not really listened to closely enough to cast an informed vote.

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Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Desmond Dekker Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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49 5
Alton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Alton Ellis Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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24 2
Prince Buster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Prince Buster Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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36 5
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Toots & the Maytals Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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35 5
The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Wailers Pop music, Ska, Rock music

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24 3
The Clarendonians is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Clarendonians Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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24 3
Ken Boothe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ken Boothe Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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27 4
Jackie Mittoo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Jackie Mittoo Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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26 4
The Ethiopians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Ethiopians Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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18 2
Roland Alphonso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Roland Alphonso Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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24 4
The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Skatalites Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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21 3
The Uniques is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Uniques Reggae, Rocksteady

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24 5
Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Hepcat Ska, Rocksteady

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20 3
Tommy McCook is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Tommy McCook Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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20 3
The Viceroys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Viceroys Reggae, Rocksteady

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7 0
Slim Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Nim Caro Tabile added Slim Smith Reggae

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16 3
Derrick Morgan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Derrick Morgan Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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11 1
Ernest Ranglin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ernest Ranglin Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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11 1
Justin Hinds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Justin Hinds Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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14 2
Delroy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Delroy Wilson Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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14 2
Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Freddie McGregor Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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13 2
Joe Higgs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Joe Higgs Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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13 2
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Byron Lee and the Dragonaires Mento, Blue Beat, Ska

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15 4
Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Lee “Scratch” Perry Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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6 0
The Silvertones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Silvertones Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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6 0
Dwight Pinkney is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Dwight Pinkney Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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6 0
Bobby Aitken is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Bobby Aitken Ska, Rocksteady

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14 4
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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15 5
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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10 1
Dave Hillyard is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Dave Hillyard Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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10 1
Toots Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Toots Hibbert Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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14 5
The Pietasters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Pietasters Ska punk, Ska, Rocksteady

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8 1
Owen Gray is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Owen Gray Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

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7 1
Lynn Taitt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Lynn Taitt Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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8 2
Dawn Penn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Dawn Penn Dancehall, Reggae, Rocksteady

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6 1
Glen Pine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Glen Pine Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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6 1
Pat Kelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Pat Kelly Reggae, Rocksteady

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6 1
The Cables is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The Cables Reggae, Rocksteady

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5 0
Stephen Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Stephen Jackson Ska, Rocksteady, Soul music

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7 2
Junior Byles is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Junior Byles Reggae, Rocksteady

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7 3
Nora Dean is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists

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6 2
Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Rotterdam Ska Jazz Foundation Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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5 1
The 86 List is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
The 86 List Rock music, Reggae, Rocksteady

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5 1
Byron Lee is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Byron Lee Ska, Reggae, Calypso music

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4 0
B.B. Seaton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
B.B. Seaton Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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4 0
Stranger Cole is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Stranger Cole Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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4 0
Jah Jerry Haynes is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Jah Jerry Haynes Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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4 0
Carlton
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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4 0
Bruce Ruffin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Bruce Ruffin Pop music, Reggae, Rocksteady

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5 2
Carlton Davis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Carlton Davis Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady