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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
2,243 647
The Specials is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Ska punk

2
1,673 608
The Skatalites is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

3
1,714 648
Madness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

4
1,060 305
Toots & the Maytals is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

5
1,258 505
Desmond Dekker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

6
1,681 756
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
1,319 701
Operation Ivy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Punk rock, Hardcore punk

8
1,162 532
The Slackers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time

9
915 382
The Beat is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
WallyZialcita added New Wave, 2 Tone, Pop music

10
1,854 1,047
Reel Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

11
979 421
The Selecter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
OneontaSka added New Wave, Ska

12
944 395
Jimmy Cliff is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Reggae

13
1,209 466
Hepcat is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska, Rocksteady

14
1,156 456
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
1,063 408
Bad Manners is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
2 Tone, Ska

16
1,492 809
Streetlight Manifesto is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Third-wave of ska, Ska

17
791 304
The Aggrolites is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
OneontaSka added Ska, Reggae, Soul music

18
1,391 746
Less Than Jake is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Third-wave of ska

19
635 151
Prince Buster is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
JeffreyBryson added Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

20
844 639
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
785 326
Laurel Aitken is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Jean-marieGerard added Ska, Reggae, Rocksteady

22
666 281
Derrick Morgan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Blue Beat, Ska, Reggae

23
1,205 661
Rancid is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Pop punk, Ska punk, Street punk

24
1,344 832
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
817 487
The Pietasters is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Ska Bands of All Time
Ska punk, Ska, Rocksteady