reggae 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. (50 items)

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Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Bob Marley & The Wailers Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Culture is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Culture Reggae, Roots reggae

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Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Israel Vibration Reggae, Roots reggae

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Joseph Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Joseph Hill Reggae, Roots reggae

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Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Edward Graves added Burning Spear Reggae, Dub

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Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
wimvi added Peter Tosh Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
The Abyssinians Reggae, Roots reggae

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The Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
The Gladiators Reggae, Roots reggae

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Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Bunny Wailer Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

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The Congos is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
The Congos Reggae, Roots reggae

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Augustus Pablo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Augustus Pablo Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

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The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
The Mighty Diamonds Reggae, Roots reggae

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Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Freddie McGregor Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Marcia Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Marcia Griffiths Reggae, Roots reggae

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Toots Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Toots Hibbert Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

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Max Romeo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Max Romeo Reggae, Roots reggae

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Julian Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Julian Marley Reggae, Roots reggae

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Capleton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Capleton Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Sizzla Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Judy Mowatt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Judy Mowatt Reggae, Roots reggae, Gospel music

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

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10 Foot Ganja Plant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
10 Foot Ganja Plant Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

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Tony Rebel is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Tony Rebel Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Gyptian Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

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Jah Shaka is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Jah Shaka Reggae, Rhythm and blues, Roots reggae

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I Wayne is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
I Wayne Reggae, Roots reggae

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Majek Fashek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Majek Fashek Reggae, Roots reggae

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Queen Omega is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Queen Omega Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Prince Alla is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Prince Alla Roots reggae

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Fred Locks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Fred Locks Roots reggae

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Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Gentleman Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Chezidek is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Chezidek Roots reggae

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Rod Clements is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Rod Clements Americana, Rock music, Folk music

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Souljah Fyah is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Souljah Fyah Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

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Rob Fraboni is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Rob Fraboni Rock music, Folk music, World music

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Ooklah The Moc is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ooklah The Moc Roots reggae

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Nine Mile is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Nine Mile Roots reggae, Alternative rock, Indie rock

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1814 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
1814 Reggae, Roots reggae

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Jermaine Fagan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Jermaine Fagan Reggae, Roots reggae

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The Disciples is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
The Disciples Roots reggae, Dub

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El Rookie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
El Rookie Hip hop music, Salsa music, Reggae

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Black Prophet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Black Prophet Reggae, Roots reggae

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Khady Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Khady Black Reggae, Roots reggae

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Nemanja Kojić is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Nemanja Kojić Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

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Beshara is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Beshara New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska

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Knowledge is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Knowledge Roots reggae

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Fabulous Five Inc. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Fabulous Five Inc. Reggae, Soca music, Roots reggae

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Snoop Lion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists

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Rhombus is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Rhombus Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

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Star Guard Muffin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists