Reggae The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time  

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People may not realize this, but ska music originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Ska music's influence ranges beyond ska bands. Without ska music, genres like reggae and rocksteady may not have come to be. The ska beat is heavily influenced by American R&B music and has grown into one of the most popular standalone musical genres. It is also one of the most distinct - famous ska bands are rarely confused as being from another genre. The best ska bands are some of the most popular in the world due to the eclectic sound and the diverse instruments used in shaping the music. Ska bands had a surge in popularity in the 1990s with albums like Sell Out (Reel Big Fish) and Super Rad! (The Aquabats) taking over the radio waves. This is the era where some of the best ska bands emerged and haven't let up since.

So, what are the best ska bands? Any list of ska bands has to include names like Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, The Specials, Less Than Jake, Goldfinger, the Aquabats and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. These bands are widely considered some of the best in the genre and with good reason. With some of the best ska songs, exciting live shows and a sound that encapsulates the best of what ska music has to offer, there's no doubt that these bands are rightfully considered at or near the top of the list of ska bands.

That said, it's up to to you to determine what are the best ska bands. If you notice that a ska band is missing from this list, feel free to add them. This list answers the questions "who are the best ska bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest ska 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 ska bands that you might've heard of. 
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1
2,170 619
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

2
1,646 575
The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

3
1,651 612
Madness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

4
1,027 279
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

5
1,233 484
Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
1,627 729
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Noise rock, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

7
1,142 511
The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

8
1,283 681
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

9
919 376
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae

10
944 405
The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
OneontaSka added New Wave, Ska

11
1,192 450
Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Rocksteady

12
867 367
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
WallyZialcita added New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

13
1,784 1,030
Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

14
1,131 444
The Toasters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
fatherrhyme added 2 Tone, Pop music, Ska punk - Ska, 2-Tone, Dub, 3rd wave ska

15
1,031 395
Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
2 Tone, Ska

16
777 293
The Aggrolites is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
OneontaSka added Ska, Reggae, Soul music

17
616 140
Prince Buster is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
JeffreyBryson added Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

18
1,437 800
Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

19
1,339 738
Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

20
818 630
Mad Caddies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
fatherrhyme added Ska punk, Punk rock - Ska, Ska Punk, Reggae, Punk Rock, Pop Punk

21
773 320
Laurel Aitken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Jean-marieGerard added Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

22
660 274
Derrick Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

23
1,167 649
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

24
1,285 817
Sublime is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Hip hop music, Alternative hip hop, Rock music

25
798 480
The Pietasters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Rocksteady

26
756 467
Voodoo Glow Skulls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

27
617 264
Alton Ellis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

28
848 351
Fishbone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Heavy metal, Reggae fusion, Hard rock

29
757 577
Big D and the Kids Table is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Reggae

30
563 419
Skankin' Pickle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Rock music

31
405 168
Lee Perry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

32
724 487
Mustard Plug is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

33
793 570
Goldfinger is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Alternative rock

34
632 462
The Suicide Machines is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

35
460 381
The Interrupters is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
OneontaSka added

36
373 107
English Beat is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
tmcandrews3 added

37
715 538
Save Ferris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk

38
639 490
Catch 22 is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

39
896 425
The Aquabats is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Synthpop, New Wave

40
610 263
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Japanese ska, Jazz

41
386 218
Delroy Wilson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

42
412 390
The Planet Smashers is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
OllieRocksteady added Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Punk rock

43
453 239
New York Ska-Jazz Ensemble is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

44
315 235
Dance Hall Crashers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk

45
479 334
Mephiskapheles is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
behessel added Ska punk, Ska

46
453 400
Buck-O-Nine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

47
394 289
Bim Skala Bim is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

48
669 716
No Doubt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, New Wave, Pop music

49
243 213
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
rex-fett added Ska, Rock music, Folk music

50
209 318
The Allstonians is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
RightOn added Ska, Reggae