Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican popular music that originated in the late 1970s. Initially, dancehall was a more sparse version of reggae than the roots style, which had dominated much of the 1970s.
With the emergence of dancehall music, we have seen quite the name of musicians who have maintained the top spots even though the competition has been tough in recent years when it comes to dancehall music.
Who’s your best dancehall artiste? We guess we all have our opinions on this.
From the genre’s 1970s origins to the top hits of the current year, here are the best dancehall artists of all time.
1. Vybz Kartel
Adidja Azim Palmer, better known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist, record producer, and entrepreneur.
2. Sean Paul
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques OD is a Jamaican rapper, singer, and record producer. His singles “Get Busy” and “Temperature” topped the charts in the United States, and most of his albums have been nominated for the Grammy’s Best Reggae Album, with Dutty Rock winning the award.
Orville Richard Burrell CD, better known by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican reggae musician, singer, DJ, and actor who scored hits with the songs “It Wasn’t Me”, “Boombastic”, “In The Summertime”, “Oh Carolina”, and “Angel”.
Garfield Spence also known as Konshens is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist.
Anthony Moses Davis, better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer.
6. Busy Signal
Reanno Devon Gordon, better known by his stage name Busy Signal, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist.
Andrae Hugh Sutherland, known professionally as Popcaan, is a Jamaican deejay, singer, and songwriter from the parish of Saint Thomas. In 2008, Popcaan joined Vybz Kartel’s Gaza Music Empire. In 2010, he released his breakthrough international hit “Clarks” with Kartel, an ode to the popular shoe brand.
8. Sizzla Kalonji
Miguel Orlando Collins, known by his stage name Sizzla Kalonji or Sizzla, is a Jamaican reggae recording artist. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2018, he has released 56 solo albums.
Earlan Bartley, better known as Alkaline, is a Jamaican dancehall musician.
Mikayla Simpson, better known as Koffee, is a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, rapper, deejay, and guitarist from Spanish Town, Jamaica. She released her debut single “Burning” in 2017, and in 2019 signed with Columbia Records.
10. Lady Saw
Marion Hall is a Jamaican singer-songwriter whose career has spanned over two decades. Widely known as the Queen of Dancehall, she is the first female deejay to be certified as a triple-platinum and Grammy Award-winning artist.
David Constantine Brooks, better known by his stage name Mavado, is a Jamaican dancehall singer, who is signed to We the Best Music Group and formerly to Cash Money Records.
13. Charly Black
Desmond Méndez, better knownas Charly Black, alternatively known as Charly Blacks, and originally known as Tony Mentol, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall singer, selector, and singjay.
14. Bounty Killer
Rodney Basil Price, known as Bounty Killer, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay. AllMusic describes him as having been “one of the most aggressive dancehall stars of the ’90s, a street-tough rude boy with an unrepentant flair for gun talk”.
15. Mr. Vegas
Clifford Smith, better known as Mr. Vegas, is a Jamaican dancehall musician.