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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39 1
Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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

3
25 2
Prince Buster is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

4
35 5
The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Pop music, Ska, Rock music

5
37 6
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
25 3
The Clarendonians is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

7
25 3
Ken Boothe is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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

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

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

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

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

13
24 6
Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Rocksteady

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

37
5 0
Stephen Jackson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Rocksteady, Soul music

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

39
7 2
Junior Byles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Reggae, Rocksteady

40
6 1
The Cables is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Reggae, Rocksteady

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

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

43
5 1
Byron Lee is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Calypso music

44
5 1
The 86 List is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Rock music, Reggae, Rocksteady

45
4 0
Carlton
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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

47
4 0
Bruce Ruffin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Pop music, Reggae, Rocksteady

48
4 0
Stranger Cole is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

49
4 0
B.B. Seaton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Rocksteady Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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