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The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists 

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Updated December 10, 2019 949 votes 203 voters 48.1k views 90 items

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. (90 items)

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Alton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Toots & the Maytals ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Jackie Mittoo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Prince Buster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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The Clarendonians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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The Ethiopians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Ken Boothe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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The Uniques is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Tommy McCook is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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The Viceroys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Roland Alphonso is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Derrick Morgan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Delroy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Lee “Scratch” Perry is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Bob Marley & The Wai... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Byron Lee and the Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Joe Higgs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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The Pietasters is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
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Ernest Ranglin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists