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The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists  

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Unlike other offshoots of reggae, roots reggae deals with a much more serious subject: its artists' lives. While this may seem mundane, the best roots reggae artists have stories that resonate with their fans and talk generally about a struggle and spiritualism. Roots reggae artists are generally associated with Rastafarianism and openly discuss poverty, social issues and resistance to oppression. The best roots reggae artist are some of the most well known musicians in history.

So, what are the best roots reggae bands and artists? Any roots reggae list has to have the likes of Bob Marley, Bunny Wailer, Buju Banton, Snoop Lion and The Congos on it. These roots reggae artists, especially Marley, are easily some of the most recognizable faces associated with the genre. Roots reggae has some of the most loyal fans in music and with good reason. 

That said, it's up to you to determine what are the best reggae artists. If you notice that roots reggae artists are missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best roots reggae bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest roots 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 roots reggae bands that you might've heard of. (51 items)
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list ordered by
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Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
2
Culture is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
3
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
wimvi added Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
4
The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
5
Joseph Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
6
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
7
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Edward Graves added Reggae, Dub
8
The Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
9
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae
10
The Congos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
11
Augustus Pablo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub
12
Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
13
Max Romeo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
14
The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
15
Marcia Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
16
Toots Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady
17
Julian Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae
18
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
19
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
20
Judy Mowatt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae, Gospel music
21
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
22
10 Foot Ganja Plant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub
23
Tony Rebel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae
24
Jah Shaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Rhythm and blues, Roots reggae
25
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues