Dancehall has seen a lot of artists since its origin in Jamaica. These are the best dancehall artists in the History of Jamaican Dancehall.
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1. Vybz Kartel
Adidja Azim Palmer better known as Vybz Kartel, is a Jamaican musical artist, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. Kartel is one of dancehall’s most successful artists and among his various nicknames is referred to as “Worl’ Boss“.
Even behind bars, he is releasing amazing songs. Most of the songs he released behind bars are still topping charts. That should tell you how good he is at doing Dancehall music. I will definitely say he is one of the best dancehall artists in the history of Jamaica.
David Constantine Brooks, better known by his stage name Mavado, is a Jamaican deejay, singer, and songwriter, signed to We the Best Music Group and Cash Money Records. Back in the day, he had one of the most popular feuds in Dancehall history with Vybz Kartel.
He also bears other names including “Gully King”. There seems to be some kind of controversies coming from his camp every now and then but he sails through amazingly. He is seen as one of the best dancehall artists in the history of Jamaica.
3. Beenie Man
Anthony Moses Davis, better known by his stage name Beenie Man, is a Jamaican reggae dancehall recording artist. He is referred to as the world’s “King of Dancehall”.
He has been the King of the Dancehall for many years now. Even tho he is not at the forefront now, he is still a household name in the history of Jamaican Dancehall. He is also one of the Richest Jamaican Artists currently.
4. Sean Paul
Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques is a Jamaican rapper, singer, record producer, and actor. Most people only know him as “Sean Paul”. His RnB/Dancehall fusion makes some people mistake him for an American.
He is also on the Top Richest Jamaican Artists list. Even though he has been doing music for long, he doesn’t seem to be quitting anywhere soon.
5. 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”.
Grunggaadzilla is one of the many names he goes by. His style of doing music blends with his deep-heavy vocals which are very difficult for anyone to mimic.
6. Buju Banton
Buju Banton is a Jamaican dancehall, ragga, and reggae musician. He has recorded pop and dance songs, as well as songs dealing with sociopolitical topics.
If you hear the name “Gargamel“, then that is definitely Buju Banton. Even after serving his ten years jail terms, he is back stronger and better than he use to be. He is definitely a legend.
Miguel Orlando Collins, known by his stage name Sizzla Kalonji or Sizzla, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae artists and is noted for his high number of releases.
While most people know Sizzla for his touching reggae songs but he is definitely one of the best dancehall artists from Jamaica. He has also been seen in a few freestyle battle videos with the legendary “Ninja Mana AKA Don Gorgon”.
8. Shabba Ranks
Shabba Ranks is a Jamaican dancehall musician. He was one of the most popular dancehall artists of his generation and one of the first Jamaican deejays to gain worldwide acceptance and recognition.
His musical career took a nosedive after sharing his view on gays. Since then, he couldn’t come out with any successful song like he use to do.
Garfield Spence a.k.a. Konshens is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. He has been one of the best dancehall artists from Jamaica. Since Jamaica and the world got to know about Konshens, he has been delivering back-to-back hit songs.
Even though he lost his brother at the peak of his career which of course sparked so many rumors, he still sailed through successfully to date.
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 win a Grammy Award and to be certified as a triple-platinum artist.
Now, her career has taken a new turn after she dropped out of the dancehall scene. She is now a proud gospel artist by the name of Minister Marion Hall. Since she is very good at doing music, her gospel songs still career some great fire.
11. Elephant Man
Oneal Bryan, better known by his stage name Elephant Man, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist. He is known for his hardcore lyrics and style of doing music.
Elephant Man has been in the industry for over three decades and he is still actively performing. He is also one of the best dancehall artists from Jamaica dating back to the 90s.
Clifton George Bailey III, 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. His record label is called David House Productions.
His energetic performance makes him stand out in the dancehall scene. At his age, he can still perform with his youthful energy which also makes all the fans go wild all the time.
13. Mr. Vegas
Clifford Smith, better known as Mr. Vegas, is a Jamaican dancehall musician. While he might not be releasing consistently like back in the days, he is still active in the music industry.
Orville Richard Burrell CD, known mostly by his stage name Shaggy, is a Jamaican singer-songwriter and DJ. He is best known for his hit singles “Oh Carolina”, “Boombastic”, “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel”.
While he might not be consistently recording new songs, he is still one of the best dancehall artists over the past three decades.
15. Busy Signal
Reanno Devon Gordon formerly Glendale Goshia Gordon, better known by his stage name Busy Signal, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist. Busy Signal is also one of the artists that is loved so much by Africans.
He has been in the industry for some decades now and he is still actively performing and recording new songs.
Aidonia(Sheldon Aitana Lawrence) is a Jamaican musician and head of the musical partnership “J.O.P.”, which has a contract under The Alliance. He became active in early 2004 and has released albums on the record labels, VP Records and Jag One Productions.
He is still recording actively as he has been doing for many years now. Most of his songs are deep vocals backed by his unique wordplay.
17. Super Cat
Super Cat(William Anthony Maragh) is a deejay who achieved widespread popularity during the late 1980s and early 1990s dancehall movement.
He also goes by the name “Wild Apache” and he is one of the few artists to take dancehall to the international markets in the early 90s.
Yellowman(Christian 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.
He was diagnosed with skin cancer in the early 80s which doctors he could only survive for three years but he is still alive and kicking.
19. Sister Nancy
Sister Nancy, aka Muma Nancy, real name Ophlin Russell, is a dancehall DJ and singer. She is known to the world as the first female dancehall DJ and was described as being a “dominating female voice for over two decades” on the dancehall scene.
She is also known for her hit song “Bam Bam” which became a street anthem in Jamaica and beyond for decades.
Grace Latoya Hamilton, known professionally as Spice, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist, singer, and songwriter. She initially gained major recognition after the release of her controversial single “Romping Shop” with Vybz Kartel in 2009.
She is still actively doing music and releasing back-to-back hit songs just like she has been doing for over a decade now. Spice is also one of the best Jamaican female dancehall artists.
Ninjaman whose real name is Desmond John Ballentine is a Jamaican dancehall artist who is known for his freestyle lyrics. He was also one of the unbeatable deejays to headline the Sting annual show for over a decade.
While most only know about his music career, he doubles as an actor and entrepreneur. Currently, he is serving a life prison sentence for murder.
22. Barrington Levy
Barrington Ainsworth Levy is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. He is one of the best male Jamaican vocalists dating back to the 90s. Since his vocals are really good, you will hear him sing more often.
Currently, he is still working and recording, which his latest big comeback is the DJ Khalid project “Where you come from”. The song has other big Jamaican arts (Capleton, Buju Banton, and Bounty Killer).
23. Lady G
Lady G, born 7 May 1968 as Janice Fyffe, is a female dancehall and reggae deejay. She is best known for her song “Man a Bad Man” from the film Third World Cop. She is known all over the world and has a firm fan base.
24. Junior Reid
Delroy “Junior” Reid is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall musician, best known for his featuring on the songs “It’s Okay” and “This Is Why I’m Hot”, as well as being the lead vocalist for Black Uhuru.
25. Ce’ Cile
Ce’ Cile, is a musician from Kingston, Jamaica. She is among the best-known current dancehall artists.
Windel Beneto Edwards, better known by his stage name Gyptian, is a Jamaican reggae singer. He also has some dancehall sounds including “Nonstop”.
Collin Demar Edwards, better known by his stage name Demarco, is a Jamaican dancehall and reggae recording artist.
28. Josey Wales
Josey Wales, born Joseph Winston Sterling in St. Mary, Jamaica is an influential Jamaican dancehall deejay. He was considered, along with Brigadier Jerry, Yellowman, and sound system partner Charlie Chaplin, one of the best deejays of the 1980s.
29. Cocoa Tea
Calvin George Scott, better known as Cocoa Tea, is a Jamaican reggae/dancehall singer, songwriter, and DJ.
Byiome Muir, better known by his stage name I-Octane, is a reggae and dancehall recording artist from Clarendon Parish, Jamaica.
Delroy Thompson, better known by his stage name Pinchers, is a Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist. He released one album as a teenager in Jamaica for Blue Trac Records, before moving to the UK in 1985.
32. Tenor Saw
Clive Bright, better known as Tenor Saw, was a Jamaican dancehall singjay in the 1980s, considered one of the most influential singers of the early digital reggae era. His best-known song was the 1985 hit “Ring the Alarm” on the “Stalag 17” riddim.
33. Diana King
Diana King is a Jamaican singer-songwriter who performs a mixture and fusion of reggae, reggae fusion, and dancehall. She was born to an Indo-Jamaican mother and an Afro Jamaican father.
34. Cutty Ranks
Philip Thomas, better known as Cutty Ranks is a Jamaican dancehall musician.
35. Tony Matterhorn
Tony Matterhorn is a dancehall reggae deejay and sound system selector from Kingston, Jamaica. Matterhorn got his start in the sound system arena in the early 1990s, on Inner City Sound System first.
36. Wayne Wonder
Von Wayne Charles, known professionally as Wayne Wonder, is a Jamaican reggae fusion artist. While his early recordings were dancehall and reggae, he later moved towards hip hop and rap.
Patra is a Jamaican dancehall singer. In her beginnings as a female dancehall deejay in the late 1980s, she used the stage name Lady Patra.
38. Prince Jazzbo
Linval Roy Carter, better known as Prince Jazzbo, was a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay and producer.
Patrick Thompson, better known as Dirtsman, was a Jamaican dancehall deejay.
Merciless, born Leonard Bartley 1 July 1971 in the Turner district of Chapleton, Clarendon, Jamaica, is a ragga and dancehall artist.
This will be the end of the list for now. This is not a ranking table so every name on the list was placed at a random field. This is just a list to send us back in time, the root of Dancehall music and some Deejays that kept the fire blazing till now. I know a lot of them are not on the list. You can write down some of the names you can remember in our Facebook comments or anywhere you see this post. We will recreate the list and put those names there. Jamaican Dancehall is what Jamaica is known for, let’s keep the fire blazing.