Top 10 Best Dancehall Reggae Artists

Dancehall reggae is a specific genre of reggae music.
The Top Ten
1 Shatta Wale

He's the best and makes music to inspire and motivate. He's not just a musician. He's music. He hears the cry of the people and solves their problems when he can reach out to them. He's an example of a great leader, and he truly is. I love him for the truth he speaks in his music. He's been relevant ever since he bounced back into the music industry. He's the real definition of "NEVER GIVE UP." #ADK is the best ever, and may God continue to bless him abundantly.

Tunes like "Prepare," "Things and Reasons," "BynBy," "Come to My Room," "Ukwu (IceCream)," "Reality," "Shatta Story," "Pull Mi Down," "Prove You Wrong," "Free Up World Boss" for Vybz Kartel, and so many more that I can't mention. He's indeed a genius.


2 Vybz Kartel

Kartel has totally changed dancehall, with heavy punchlines, gun bars, evil meds, etc. It's because of him Tommy Lee's evil things got a pass. It's because of him artists started to heavy up their voices while singing. It's because of him a lot of Jamaican artists are singing through their noses, for example, Alkaline and Masicka. Kartel can both DJ and sing. Most of his songs became hits, sometimes locally and many times internationally.

Most songs. Most productions. Most hits. Simple as that. He is what Jay Z and Nas are to rap... the foundation. He is by far the best male dancehall artist that the recording industry has ever seen. He produces his own "Clarks" and bleaching cream. He runs his own label and maintains his artists... all while sitting in jail. He is an entrepreneur in every sense of the word and just as talented.

3 Sean Paul Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques (born 9 January 1973) is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, record producer and actor whose singles "Get Busy" and "Temperature" both topped the Billboard Hot 100.

Sean Paul followed up on what Shabba Ranks started by keeping dancehall music playing on the radio.

No one can change the slang like him. And no one can sing like him.

Sean Paul is the best singer and rapper in the world.

4 Bounty Killer

One word, "Monster." He has one of the best vocals you will ever hear. Whenever he touches a microphone, he kills it. He has produced so many massive hits and classics. He is hugely respected among fellow artists as one of the best too, and that's got to count for something. He has worked with many massive rap and R&B artists, as well as fellow reggae artists.

Like Beenie Man, we can't forget the live stream sound clash they did together to bring some joy to the world quarantined by COVID. His multiple decades of hits and classics mean he's in the Top 5 of all time.

5 Stonebwoy

Stonebwoy has revived reggae dancehall not only in Ghana but across Africa. Today, every youth looks up to him as a role model. He has brought reggae dancehall music to the youth of Ghana and Africa in general. Many people have learned the real lessons of life through some of his songs like #Run Go and #Mama.

He possibly has the most successful reggae dancehall career within Ghana and Africa. He has hit after hit and exerts the biggest influence over Ghana more than any other artist ever has. He is the best reggae dancehall artist in Africa. I think he deserves to be the best, and I thank all those who voted for him.

6 Alkaline

Consistently creating music, watch out for 2016, which will be his year. Hits include Moving Mountains, Things Me Love, More Than Happy, How It Feel, Champion Boy, and many more. Alkaline is believed to be the heir to the throne of dancehall after Vybz Kartel.

He is the only young and talented dancehall artist, and he will soon become the king of dancehall. More success to Alkaline.

Alkaline is a very good young artist who has done his hard work and studies to stay at the top of the game by himself with his good music. Man himself.

7 Buju Banton

Hands down the best. Incredible, undeniable vocal delivery. He is versatile in his delivery, showing massive range, and couples that range of vocal with a range of messages and types of songs. His album catalog is one of the largest and has top hits, club bangers, and more in ample supply.

Oh, don't forget he's an amazing stage performer who always knows how to own and control the crowd.

Buju Banton is the greatest dancehall artist of all time. His dancehall album Mr. Mention has the most hits of any dancehall album. Check it out. In reggae, he is only second to Bob Marley.

8 Beenie Man

Hits, hits, hits... decades of hits. Diverse sounds and messages and honors the industry. He is also one of the best performers. He has worked with a huge list of some of the biggest names in the rap, R&B, and reggae industries and is one of the most respected by his fellow artists. Let's not forget how incredible the live COVID sound clash with Bounty Killer was. He even sent the police packing and never cut the feed. One of the 5 best ever.

He stays current, where a lot of artists have fallen off. He still finds hits, and his stage performance and presence are second to none in dancehall. He also had mainstream success and still stayed relevant in Jamaica.

9 Shaggy Orville Richard Burrell CD, known mostly by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican-American singer, songwriter and deejay.
10 Sizzla

Real Roots. Powerful. Although the catalog is too big, when he's good, he's the best.

Representing the Bobo dreads, Sizzla put out the most incredible reggae album since Bob Marley's "The Real Rock." His output, however, is inconsistent.

The Contenders
11 Tommy Lee Sparta

Tommy Lee Sparta is the only dancehall artist with the sweetest voice. He has a unique style of his own, not like other copycats. He is the best after Vybz Kartel.

His music is so great and different from others. That's what I like about him. His voice, riddims, and his version. From my perspective, he's the best after Vybz Kartel because that's where he was groomed.

Tommy Lee Sparta is better than Shatta Wale, who is in Ghana.

12 Rudebwoy Ranking

Rudebwoy Ranking, you are the best of all. In fact, you are the real dancehall artist the world is looking for. I love you as well as your music too. Not only me but Shukura too. We all love you. All that Shatta Wale is doing is just asorpko. This is Ruddest Lakra Hero speaking. Wale is not a dancehall artist. Just keep on trying your best, and you will one day win this battle. Much love.

RM, you do all dancehall is yours. Handle it with care, and you shall receive your success in just one day. Much love. This is Lakra Hero from SK City.

13 Winky D

He has his own style. His stage performance is one of a kind (ask Chris Martin, Hawkeye, Sean Paul, Akon, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, etc.). He is talented and has created what is known to be dancehall in Zimbabwe.

Try to listen to his tracks and follow his live shows. They will tell you more about him.

Winky D, aka Di Bigman, is probably the best dancehall artist I have ever seen. His live performances clearly show that he is supernatural.

Zimbabwe's economy is pulling the Gaffa down. He is also the most disciplined artist.

14 Popcaan

Popcaan is the best artist not only in Jamaica but also in the Caribbean. They're done.

Popcaan, you are the best of all time.
I really love you the most.
You are the artist of all time.

15 Soul Jah Love

The Vybz Kartel of Zimbabwe. Very controversial yet very talented artist. The fact that he freestyles almost all his songs, yet he has the most hits in Zimbabwe, is just incredible.

Plagued by diabetes, yet he soldiers on and always delivers for his fans. I have never seen such an artist like him. He is the G.O.A.T.

16 Mavado

Gully is always on top. Respect and manners, Gully Gad.

In Mavado we trust. Dancehall-wise.

17 Spice
18 Busy Signal

With the flow and lyrics of the best DJ, and adding melody that can match some good dancehall/reggae singers, Busy, a.k.a. the "Turf President," is the most talented and best dancehall artist of all time.

To add to that, he has great live performance ability and effortlessly makes hits on a plethora of topics and a variety of beats from multiple genres.

My favorite artist right now. Fusing the old with the new and bringing back the real reggae dancehall vibes. Second to none. Busy Signal is the artist Jamaica desperately needs right now.

His unique style and voice make him stand above the rest.

19 Masicka
20 Shabba Ranks

The original breakthrough artist, Shabba Ranks brought a new reggae dancehall sound outside of the Caribbean and garnered radio play in the USA. Before him, most of the USA only knew of Bob Marley and UB40. Shabba is the reason all of the artists on this list are here. He's why BET dedicated time to reggae music and videos, and how money finally found its way to lots of other artists.

The USA became one of the biggest consumers of reggae music soon after, all thanks to the great Shabba. Hundreds of artists blew up because of him.

21 Konshens

No one is better than Konshens in dancehall. Not even any Jamaican legend has more hits than him.

22 Samini
23 Anthony B

A catalog of hits and the most amazing live show in reggae music, period.

24 D'Sherif PmBoss
25 Yellowman

Albinism and cancer have not stopped this artist from staying at the top of his game longer than anyone else in the game.

Yellowman was the first dancehall artist to go international.

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