Best Reggae Singers,
Hands Down!

Don't all shout at once! If your favourite reggae singers don't make my list, maybe you need to be listening to some real music! Just joking - we can't all rate the same singers equally, so I'll see with you if you don't agree with my top picks.



Let me know what you think - do you agree with me, or not? Argue your case - Who do you think I've left off, and who do you think I should drop? Use the form at the bottom of the page if you want to dispute my list, or if you want to tell me I have perfect taste in reggae music!

If any of these singers is unfamiliar to you, I hope you'll take the time to listen to some of their music. These Jamaican singers span decades. I've slipped in a couple of rock steady greats, since that style is so close to reggae. I've based the list on local popularity, number of hits, international popularity, and (strictly my opinion now) voice quality, stage presence and song quality.

So here goes - my top picks for the Best Reggae Singers of All Time.

1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's
Dennis Brown
Alton Ellis
Marcia Griffiths
Toots Hibbert
John Holt
Gregory Isaacs
Bob Marley
Peter Tosh
Bunny Wailer
Dennis Brown
Marcia Griffiths
Gregory Isaacs
Barrington Levy
Bob Marley
Freddie McGregor
Buju Banton
Dennis Brown
Beres Hammond
Shaggy
Garnett Silk
Buju Banton
Beres Hammond
Queen Ifrica
Shaggy
Tarrus Riley


Naturally, some of the best singers have been members of great groups or bands. Here are some of the best reggae groups or bands through the years (lead singer in brackets).

1970's 1980's 1990's 2000's
Burning Spear
(Winston Rodney)

Culture
(Joseph Hill)

Inner Circle
(Jacob Miller)

Mighty Diamonds

Third World
(Bunny Rugs)

Wailers
(Bob Marley)

Burning Spear
(Winston Rodney)

Chalice
(Trevor Roper)

Steel Pulse
(David Hinds)

Third World
(Bunny Rugs)

UB40
(Ali Campbell)
Morgan Heritage
(Peter Morgan)
Morgan Heritage
(Peter Morgan)


You may be thinking, "Well, where are the DJs?" Sorry - this isn't their page. We're talking about reggae singers here, and deejaying is a whole different style. But you're more than welcome to send us your thoughts on the best DJs - from Daddy URoy to King Yellowman to Movado. Just use the form below.

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