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Top Ten Reggae Artists

Bob Marley​
Bob Marley​

Our list of greatest reggae artists consider album sales, success and the impact of the music. Category . Career & Work. ... Bob Marley. Robert Nesta Marley, ...

Bob Marley ​and the Wailers​
Bob Marley ​and the Wailers​

Bob Marley and the Wailers was a Jamaican reggae band led by Bob Marley. It developed from the earlier ska vocal group, the Wailers, created by Marley with Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer in 1963. By late 1963 singers Junior Braithwaite, Beverley Kelso, and Cherry Smith had joined on.

Burning ​Spear​
Burning ​Spear​

By the 1990s Burning Spear, unlike some other reggae artists, was staying true to his roots and Mek Me Dweet and the hypnotic Jah Kingdom, his last album for Island’s subsidiary, Mango, is, if anything, even better than the previous album.

Peter Tosh​
Peter Tosh​

Reggae artist Peter Tosh was born in rural Jamaica on October 19, 1944. There, he started the band the Wailers with Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer, and the three rose to fame as successful musicians. Tosh enjoyed musical success after leaving the Wailers and embarking on a solo career.

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Jimmy Cliff​
Jimmy Cliff​

Cliff appeared in the 2011 documentary “Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals” which was featured on BBC and described as “The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica”.

Gregory ​Isaacs​
Gregory ​Isaacs​

Gregory Anthony Isaacs OD was a Jamaican reggae musician. Milo Miles, writing in The New York Times, described Isaacs as "the most exquisite vocalist in reggae". His honorific nickname was the Cool Ruler.

Bunny Wailer​
Bunny Wailer​

Bunny Wailer (Neville O'Riley Livingston O.M., born 10 April 1947, also known as Bunny Livingston and affectionately Jah B), is a Jamaican singer songwriter and percussionist and was an original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

Toots and the ​Maytals​
Toots and the ​Maytals​

Toots and the Maytals, originally called The Maytals, are a Jamaican musical group and one of the best known ska and rocksteady vocal groups. The Maytals were formed in the early 1960s and were key figures in popularizing reggae music.

Dennis Brown​
Dennis Brown​

Reggae artist Dennis Brown began his career at the age of 12, when he recorded the hit single "No Man is an Island." Synopsis Dennis Brown was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1957.

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Shaggy​
Shaggy​

Orville Richard Burrell CD (born October 22, 1968), known mostly by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-American reggae fusion singer and deejay. He is best known for his hit singles "Oh Carolina", "Boombastic", "It Wasn't Me" and "Angel".

Lee Perry​
Lee Perry​

Lee "Scratch" Perry is featured as the DJ on the dub and reggae radio station The Blue Ark in Grand Theft Auto V. The station includes a number of dubs by Perry and the Upsetters including "Disco Devil" and "Grumblin' Dub".

Desmond ​Dekker​
Desmond ​Dekker​

Desmond Dekker (16 July 1941 – 25 May 2006) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing group the Aces (consisting of Wilson James and Easton Barrington Howard), he had one of the earliest international reggae hits with "Israelites" (1968).

Black Uhuru​
Black Uhuru​

Black Uhuru is a Jamaican reggae group formed in 1972, initially as Uhuru (Swahili for 'freedom'). The group has undergone several line-up changes over the years, with Derrick "Duckie" Simpson as the mainstay.

Steel Pulse​
Steel Pulse​

Steel Pulse are a roots reggae musical band, from the Handsworth area of Birmingham, England, which has a large number of Afro-Caribbean, Indian and other Asian migrants.

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Buju Banton​
Buju Banton​

Buju Banton (born Mark Anthony Myrie; 15 July 1973) is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. He has recorded pop and dance songs, as well as songs dealing with sociopolitical topics.

Ziggy Marley​
Ziggy Marley​

David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley (born 17 October 1968) is a Jamaican musician and leader of the band Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, and the son of reggae icon Bob Marley and Rita Marley.

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Damian ​Marley​
Damian ​Marley​

Damian Robert Nesta "Jr. Gong" Marley (born 21 July 1978) is a Jamaican reggae artist. Damian is the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley. Damian was 2 years old when his father died; he is the only child born to Marley and Cindy Breakspeare, Miss World 1976. Damian's nickname Junior Gong is derived from his father's nickname of Tuff Gong.

Sizzla​
Sizzla​

Miguel Orlando Collins (born 17 April 1976), known by his stage name Sizzla Kalonji or Sizzla, is a Jamaican reggae musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases.

UB40​
UB40​

UB40 uDiscover artist page ... Artists UB40. Share; Tweet; With ... Perhaps more pertinently for the group they are synonymous with British reggae and pop and have ...

Sly and ​Robbie​
Sly and ​Robbie​

Sly and Robbie are a prolific Jamaican rhythm section and production duo, associated primarily with the reggae and dub genres. Drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare teamed up in the mid-1970s after establishing themselves separately in Jamaica as professional musicians.

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Chronixx​
Chronixx​

Chronixx and his music has been branded as a "Reggae Revival", alongside other reggae musicians including Dre Island, Jah Bouks, Jah9, Protoje, Kelissa, Jesse Royal, Keznamdi and Kabaka Pyramid. His lyrical content revolves around themes of anti-war, romantic declarations and resiliency.

Barrington ​Levy​
Barrington ​Levy​

Barrington Ainsworth Levy (born 30 April 1964) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist.

Beres ​Hammond​
Beres ​Hammond​

Beres Hammond OJ (born Hugh Beresford Hammond, 28 August 1955, Annotto Bay, Saint Mary, Jamaica) is a Jamaican reggae singer known in particular for his lovers rock music. While his career began in the 1970s, he reached his greatest success in the 1990s.

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Vybz Kartel​
Vybz Kartel​

Vybz Kartel has also hosted his own reality television show "Teacha's Pet" on CVM Jamaica broadcast channel, the first reality television show hosted by a dancehall artist in Jamaica. The premise of "Teacha's Pet" found 20 women living in a Kingston house vying for the artist's affection; the show's lascivious content elicited condemnation of its sponsor, telecommunications company LIME.

Max Romeo​
Max Romeo​

The singer who put the rude in rude boy, Max Romeo was responsible for launching an entirely new sub-genre of reggae, whose overtly suggestive lyrics caused an outcry but took a massive hold of the music scene regardless.

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Lucky Dube​
Lucky Dube​

Lucky Philip Dube (pronounced duu-beh; 3 August 1964 – 18 October 2007) was a South African reggae musician and Rastafarian. He recorded 22 albums in Zulu, English and Afrikaans in a 25-year period and was South Africa's biggest-selling reggae artist.

Sean Paul​
Sean Paul​

Sean Paul often contributes his songs to various Riddim Driven albums (by VP Records). In March 2007, he returned to Jamaica to perform at the Cricket World Cup 2007 opening ceremony. Paul appears on the game Def Jam: Fight for NY as part of Snoop Dogg's crew and again in the game's sequel, Def Jam: Icon.

Alpha Blondy​
Alpha Blondy​

Alpha Blondy (born Seydou Koné; 1 January 1953 in Dimbokro, Ivory Coast) is a reggae singer and international recording artist.

Capleton​
Capleton​

Clifton George Bailey III (born 13 April 1967), better known by the stage name Capleton, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. He is also referred to as King Shango, King David, The Fireman and The Prophet.

Yellowman​
Yellowman​

Yellowman (born Winston Foster) is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay, also known as King Yellowman. He was popular in Jamaica in the 1980s, coming to prominence with a series of singles that established his reputation.

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Aswad​
Aswad​

"Not Satisfied" was a London roots-reggae album released in 1982. In August of '82 Aswad played live at Meanwhile Gardens on the Sunday of Notting Hill Carnival and the resulting live album "Live and Direct" is a faithful record of that event, where they played a live dub set.

Culture​
Culture​

10 Best Reggae Artists Reggae is a distinctive bouncing music that has a catchy beat with an emphasis on bass and percussion. It was formed out of ska, rocksteady and mento.

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Sugar Minott​
Sugar Minott​

Lincoln Barrington "Sugar" Minott (25 May 1956 – 10 July 2010) was a Jamaican reggae singer, producer and sound-system operator.

Alton Ellis​
Alton Ellis​

Ellis toured the United Kingdom in the 1967 with Ken Boothe and Studio One session band the Soul Vendors and on his return to Jamaica he worked with Dodd, recording the tracks that would be released as his debut album Alton Ellis Sings Rock & Soul.

Israel ​Vibration​
Israel ​Vibration​

Israel Vibration are a reggae harmony group, originating from Kingston, Jamaica. Lascelle "Wiss" Bulgin, Albert "Apple Gabriel" Craig, and Cecil "Skelly" Spence all overcame childhood polio, and went on to be one of the most successful roots groups to form in Jamaica in the 1970s. The trio initially met as children at a rehabilitation center.

Rita Marley​
Rita Marley​

Rita Marley discography and songs: Music profile for Rita Marley, born July 25, 1946. Genres: Reggae, Rhythm & Blues, Soul. Albums include Live 8, MOJO Presents: Cigarettes and Alcohol - 15 Tracks Celebrating the Pleasures of Drinking and Smoking..., and Trojan Reggae Sisters Box Set.

John Holt​
John Holt​

John Kenneth Holt CD (11 July 1947 – 19 October 2014), better known as John Holt, was a reggae singer and songwriter from Jamaica who first found fame as a member of The Paragons, before establishing himself as a solo artist.

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Freddie ​McGregor​
Freddie ​McGregor​

McGregor has also recorded as a drummer with artists such as Sugar Minott and Judy Mowatt. McGregor has also toured extensively for many years. He secured a licensing agreement with RAS Records in US and released Come on Over in 1983. McGregor's albums in the 2000s were Signature and Anything for You, which received a Grammy nomination.

Toots Hibbert​
Toots Hibbert​

Frederick Nathaniel "Toots" Hibbert, O.J. (born 8 December 1942) is a Jamaican singer and songwriter, ... Toots he’s a great reggae artist and he’s still doing it ...

Beenie Man​
Beenie Man​

The Guidian published death hoax on April 19, 2018, reporting that Beenie Man was dead. You can read the celebrity death hoax below. KINGSTON – Jamaican reggae and dancehall artiste Beenie Man has died at 44. Real name Anthony Moses Davis, Beenie Man was hospitalized in a critical condition after sustaining injuries from gunshots.

Luciano​
Luciano​

Career. Born in America, Colorado, Luciano began recording in 2017, with his first single "Exeleration" followed by a split album with Jameson Goldstein.His first releases as Luciano included the hit single "Stop Global Warming", followed by his other hit "Bo the Best brawler"

Marcia ​Griffiths​
Marcia ​Griffiths​

Griffiths appeared in the 2011 documentary “Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals” which was featured on BBC and described as “The untold story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica”.

Jah Cure​
Jah Cure​

Born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, but raised in Kingston Town, golden-voiced singer Jah Cure (real name Siccature Alcock) became involved with reggae music as a teenager and rapidly rose to fame in the late '90s only to have his meteoric climb to the top halted by a jail sentence.

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Rebelution​
Rebelution​

Rebelution is a reggae music band formed in Isla Vista, California. The current members of Rebelution are Eric Rachmany, Rory Carey, Marley D. Williams, and ...

The Skatalites​
The Skatalites​

The Rough Guide to Reggae (World Music Network, 1997); a vintage recording of "Chinatown" credited to Don Drummond & The Skatalites. Ska Island (Island Records, 1997), performing their own "Magic Star", as well as "Can't You See" with Doreen Shaefer, and "King of Kings" with Prince Buster.

Sly Dunbar​
Sly Dunbar​

Lowell "Sly" Fillmore Dunbar (born 10 May 1952, Kingston, Jamaica) is a drummer, best known as one half of the prolific Jamaican rhythm section and reggae production duo Sly and Robbie. Biography Dunbar began playing at 15 in a band called The Yardbrooms.

Jacob Miller​
Jacob Miller​

Jacob Miller (4 May 1952 – 23 March 1980) was a Jamaican reggae artist and a Rasta. His first recording session was with the famous Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd in the late 1960's. While pursuing a prolific solo career, he became the lead singer for reggae group Inner Circle.

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Maxi Priest​
Maxi Priest​

Max Alfred "Maxi" Elliott (born 10 June 1961), known by his stage name Maxi Priest, is an English reggae vocalist of Jamaican descent. He is best known for singing reggae music with an R&B influence, otherwise known as reggae fusion.

Mighty ​Diamond​
Mighty ​Diamond​

Reggae Street; Artist The Mighty Diamonds; Album ... Mighty Diamonds - Best Of The Mighty Diamonds - Roots Reggae (2018) | Jet Star - Duration: 53:10.

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Prince Buster​
Prince Buster​

Cecil Bustamente Campbell OD (24 May 1938 – 8 September 2016), known professionally as Prince Buster, was a Jamaican singer-songwriter and producer. The records he released in the 1960s influenced and shaped the course of Jamaican contemporary music and created a legacy of work that would be drawn upon later by reggae and ska artists.

Tarrus Riley​
Tarrus Riley​

As the son of reggae legend Jimmy Riley, it's fair to say that Tarrus Riley has felt the weight of high expectations, which makes it all the more impressive that he's managed to live up to them and become one of the most respected reggae artists of his generation.

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