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Top 20 Dancehall Artists: 2023’s Best Male Dancehall Artists

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Top Male Dancehall Artists

List of the World’s Top Dancehall Artists

Reggae was the first genre of music to achieve global success, however, the genre of dancehall music has now become the current favorite, gaining a massive following worldwide with listeners from regions across the globe, while the male dancehall artists are standing at the lead.

Historically, reggae music touches on a wide range of topics and subject matter, from its message about love to the fight of oppression, while dancehall music is the perfect soundtrack to spice up almost any occasion. The visuals of West Indian and Caribbean lifestyles and cultures that have often trend and been displayed on social media and in popular culture has often been accompanied by dancehall music.

Originally starting in the dance halls of Jamaica around the 1970s, dancehall would expand throughout the world, led by legendary male dancehall artists like Shabba Ranks, Yellowman, Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, Sean Paul, Shaggy,Eek-A-Mouse,  Ini Kamoze, Capleton, and several others. Today’s generation has only kept the legacy of dancehall music alive.

Top 20 Male Dancehall Artists

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1. Popcaan

Debuting during the 2000s, once aligned and linked with Vybz Kartel, Popcaan would eventually grow out of the shadows of the dancehall legend and emerge as one of Jamaica’s premiere stars. A career spanning three decades, from the 2000s to the 2020s Popcaan gradually rose to promise, led by recent songs with Drake and Burna Boy and classic hits like “Silence,” “Family,” “My Type,” and a host of others.

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2. Vybz Kartel

Despite his incarceration, Vybz Kartel has remained the king of dancehall music through the 2020s. A career dating back to the early 1990s, the 1990s was just a stepping stone into a successful career entering the 2000s. On a major level, the 2000s was dominated by other artists, but Vybz Kartel began making his rounds throughout the dancehall music scene. With growth, after years of consistency, Vybz Kartel became one of the top male dancehall artists of the 2010s and 2020s.

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3. Konshens

With his first official appearances occurring during the 2000s with the release of several mixtapes, the 2010s became the time that Konshens began to shine in the national dancehall scene. One of the most successful dancehall artists of the last decade, Konshens is best known for songs like “Gal A Bubble,” “Pull Up to Mi Bumper,” “Turn Me On,” and “Bruk Off Ya Back.”

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4. Alkaline

Releasing his first set of songs as early as 2011, with one of his first releases being “Nice Suh,” Alkaline has stayed consistent throughout the years. Eventually, Alkaline reached the top positions as one of the top male dancehall artists with dozens of bangers and standout tracks released over the years.

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5. Busy Signal

Known for the classic dancehall track “Say So,” Busy Signal is a veteran dancehall artist that has not let the rise of the new generation or the new era of dancehall music impede his progressed, but has continued a career that has reigned over 20 years.

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6. Masicka

Masicka, a young star who has quickly become established as one of the premier male dancehall artists, managing to accomplish a lot in a brief period of time, creating some of the top dancehall tracks, like “Leader,” “Update,” “They Don’t Know,” “Blessings,” “Stay Strong,” and the top dancehall album of 2021, 438.

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7. Mavado

Known for his energetic musical styles, Mavado has been viewed as one of the top tier dancehall artists since the 2000s. From his collaborations with top hip-hop and dancehall artists, like Nicki Minaj, Sean Paul, Future, Snoop Dogg, Lil Kim, Iggy Azalea, XXXTentacion, and G-Unit, to his appearances on internationally renowned platforms, like the video game Grand Theft Auto and DJ Khaled’s We The Best music, Mavado has been one of the most recognizable figures in dancehall music.

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8. Tommy Lee Sparta

Hailing from Montego Bay, Jamaica, Tommy Lee Sparta’s introduced himself to the world of dancehall music during the late 2000s. With making minor appearances during the beginning stages of his career, Tommy Lee Sparta would eventually linked with the hottest dancehall artist at the time, Vybz Kartel. Since, Tommy Lee Sparta gained quite a following with the help through of several number one dancehall tracks, dating back to the early 2010s with “Psycho,” “We Want Paper,” “Spartan Soldier,” and several others.

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9. Teejay

Best known for songs like “Rags to Richest,” “Owna Lane,” “Unfaithful Games,” and “Stimulate,” the Montego Bay native made his first appearances during 2016 and 2017. Since his arrival, Teejay has been nonstop, transforming into one of the most dedicated dancehall music artists in the industry.

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10. Demarco

Fresh off the release of one of dancehall’s top albums, 2021’s Melodies, the native of St. Catherine Parish in Jamaica was witnessed much success since his debut with 2008’s “Fallen Soldiers.” Since first presenting himself as a male dancehall artist during the late 2000s, Demarco has become acclaimed for the likes of “Puppy Tail,” “I Love My Life,” “No Wahala,” and “Backaz”.

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11. Ding Dong

A native to the city of Kingston, Jamaica, Ding Dong began his time in music during the 2000s. Over time, Ding Dong has grown into fame with top dancehall tracks like “Bad Man Forward,” “Fling,” “Watch Dem,” “Lebeh Lebeh,” and “Bounce.”

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12. Charly Black

Coming from the small town of Rio Bueno, Charly Black would take the dancehall world by storm with one of the greatest dancehall songs of all-time, “Gyal You a Party Animal,” which earned him much international success. Rising to fame in 2009 and he has since released numerous songs and albums.

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13. Jahmiel

An artist from the parish of St. Catherine, Jahmiel, who is under the brand Drop Di Bass Entertainment, is best known for his hit singles “Great Man”, “True Colours”, and “Gain The World,” while also collaborating with top male dancehall artists like Vybz Kartel, Popcaan, and Aidonia.

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14. Squash

While to some, Squash is best known for his collaboration with Vybz Kartel on the song “Beat Dem Bad,” but one of the newest faces to dancehall music, officially debuting in 2016, has been on a considerable rise of late, becoming one of top rising stars in dancehall music.

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15. Govana

Coming out of Spanish Town, Jamaica, Govana has gained widespread recognition for successful songs like “Hamants Convo,” “Temptation Override,” “Bake Bean,” and “Champ,” after debuting in 2014 and coming to light with one of the top dancehall songs of 2015, “No Complaining.”

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16. Rygin King

A native of Montego Bay, Rygin King began his career in dancehall during 2017. Despite the life-altering events of him being shot and paralyzed, Rygin King has remained a unstoppable force as one of the top next up male dancehall artists.

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17. Chronic Law

Hailing from Jamaica’s St. Thomas parish, Chronic Law has experienced an impressive upswing in popularity recently, having released an abundance of tracks in the last couple of years. Debuting in 2017, Chronic Law’s career has brought dancehall fans fan-favorited tracks like “Empty,” “Still A Bleed,” “Bless Me,” “Count My Blessings,” “Government,” and many more.

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18. Jahvillani

One of the new faces of dancehall music, while entering the local scene during 2018, Jahvillani gained fame with 2019’s “Wileside Government.” While other dancehall artists have been established for years, Jahvillani appears to be the future of dancehall music.

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19. Intence

Intence has been working tirelessly since his debut in 2017 with the two releases of “Jet Life” and “Bad Gyal.” With a steady stream of releases, Intence has acquired a large following of dedicated supporters, especially with leading songs like “Yahoo Boyz,” “Go Hard,” “Clutcha,” “Antisocial,” and “New Gear.”

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20. Prince Swanny

While making his first appearances during 2017, Prince Swanny has been one of dancehall’s top rising artists, making a considerable rise over the past couple of years. Hailing from Trinidad, Prince Swanny has brought to the West Indian music scene of dancehall some of the hottest tracks, like “Catch 22,” “Dreams,” “Bonafide,” and “Heathen,” while releasing a set of albums, 2021’s Serenity and 2022’s Swanology.

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Honorable Mention Male Dancehall Artists:

Jah Vinci Instagram: @Jah Vinci and Youtube: Jah Vinci

Aidonia Instagram: @Aidonia and Youtube: Aidonia

Stylo G Instagram: @Stylo G and Youtube: Stylo G

Christopher Martin Instagram: @Christopher Martin and Youtube: Christopher Martin

Rytikal Instagram: @Rytikal and Youtube: Rytikal

Quada Instagram: @Quada and Youtube: Quada

Jafrass Instagram: @Jafrass and Youtube: Jafrass

Savage Savo Instagram: @Savage Savo and Youtube: Savage Savo

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*Unofficial Order. The more popular artists that have a combination of the most recent followers, streams, and views are near the top.

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