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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99 21
Bob Marley & The Wailers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

2
60 14
Culture is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

3
48 16
Israel Vibration is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

4
36 8
Burning Spear is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Edward Graves added Reggae, Dub

5
34 7
Peter Tosh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
wimvi added Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
46 16
Joseph Hill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

7
36 9
The Abyssinians is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

8
41 18
The Gladiators is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

9
28 9
Augustus Pablo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

10
31 12
Bunny Wailer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Roots reggae

11
27 9
The Congos is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

12
25 9
The Mighty Diamonds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

13
23 8
Freddie McGregor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

14
27 13
Max Romeo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

15
15 4
Toots Hibbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

16
17 6
Marcia Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

17
17 9
Julian Marley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

18
19 11
Sizzla is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

19
16 9
Capleton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

20
15 10
Buju Banton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

21
11 6
Judy Mowatt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae, Gospel music

22
11 7
Tony Rebel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

23
11 7
10 Foot Ganja Plant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

24
12 10
Jah Shaka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Rhythm and blues, Roots reggae

25
8 6
Gyptian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Rhythm and blues

26
6 4
Queen Omega is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

27
5 3
Fred Locks is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Roots reggae

28
7 6
I Wayne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

29
7 6
Majek Fashek is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

30
4 4
Prince Alla is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Roots reggae

31
3 3
Chezidek is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Roots reggae

32
9 10
Gentleman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

33
4 5
Ooklah The Moc is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Roots reggae

34
2 3
Rod Clements is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Americana, Rock music, Folk music

35
1 2
Souljah Fyah is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Dancehall, Reggae, Roots reggae

36
1 2
Rob Fraboni is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Rock music, Folk music, World music

37
1 3
Nine Mile is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Roots reggae, Alternative rock, Indie rock

38
1 3
1814 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

39
1 3
Jermaine Fagan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

40
0 2
The Disciples is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Roots reggae, Dub

41
2 5
El Rookie is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Hip hop music, Salsa music, Reggae

42
1 4
Black Prophet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

43
1 4
Khady Black is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae

44
1 4
Nemanja Kojić is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Crossover thrash, Thrash metal, Reggae

45
0 3
Beshara is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska

46
0 3
Knowledge is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Roots reggae

47
2 6
Fabulous Five Inc. is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Soca music, Roots reggae

48
0 4
Rhombus is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists
Reggae, Roots reggae, Dub

49
5 19
Snoop Lion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists

50
0 6
Star Guard Muffin is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Roots Reggae Bands/Artists