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Dancehall

Most popular artists in Dancehall

This chart is based on the monthly listeners metric for all artists tagged with the genre dancehall by Spotify. It may contain some errors or some data may not be up to date. You can check the artist profile to update data if necessary.

# Artist Monthly Listeners Followers
1
33,188,659
4,703,359
2
15,694,735
9,150,054
3
12,661,568
385,574
4
8,970,740
772,542
5
7,575,095
1,181,186
6
3,629,617
341,464
7
3,578,803
508,219
8
3,489,798
396,677
9
3,162,707
1,081,883
10
2,698,614
506,073
11
2,637,588
546,948
12
2,418,891
1,367,594
13
2,276,654
583,658
14
1,865,896
492,033
15
1,586,246
613,123
16
1,562,566
723,619
17
1,547,891
214,785
18
1,525,250
603,486
19
Mr. Vegas
1,400,573
356,347
20
1,351,016
230,922
21
1,276,135
725,037
22
Masicka
1,192,599
378,098
23
Serani
1,177,143
154,651
24
Wayne Wonder
1,153,910
218,827
25
Christopher Martin
1,099,715
353,787
26
Mavado
1,053,744
597,286
27
Tarrus Riley
1,053,719
410,887
28
Capleton
1,019,095
345,384
29
Dexta Daps
988,643
404,413
30
Kes
962,263
118,386
31
Jahyanai
941,587
81,214
32
J Capri
929,878
28,917
33
Alkaline
870,954
539,444
34
Stylo G
839,929
118,366
35
Teejay
831,511
223,973
36
Skeng
825,560
306,415
37
Stonebwoy
735,046
412,497
38
T.O.K
697,549
181,877
39
Demarco
696,654
354,807
40
Valiant
660,506
200,371
41
Tommy Lee Sparta
641,738
302,358
42
Sizzla
640,427
572,489
43
Machel Montano
582,390
205,397
44
Jada Kingdom
576,890
258,770
45
Cocoa Tea
532,506
179,702
46
Bounty Killer
530,744
255,304
47
Gaza Slim
519,081
70,235
48
Tanto Metro & Devonte
504,769
67,564
49
Aidonia
468,011
337,968
50
Amindi
466,857
56,322
51
Fantan Mojah
461,562
142,708
52
RajahWild
456,824
107,876
53
Tanya Stephens
440,690
169,430
54
Morgan Heritage
427,002
373,001
55
Armanii
422,964
62,708
56
450
419,773
132,246
57
Notnice
414,994
12,488
58
jahmiel
398,106
216,478
59
Richie Spice
387,397
216,501
60
Cham
381,129
130,605
61
Seanizzle
378,237
9,970
62
Elephant Man
378,046
368,966
63
DJ Frass
375,581
7,082
64
Kraff Gad
373,429
103,952
65
Prince Swanny
363,213
123,436
66
Bayka
356,776
96,311
67
Countree Hype
351,103
4,282
68
DING DONG
347,219
177,967
69
Patrice Roberts
340,503
97,513
70
Malie Donn
334,043
81,687
71
RDX
326,743
134,956
72
Bunji Garlin
321,924
86,046
73
Terror Fabulous
307,947
49,278
74
Chronic Law
307,021
187,418
75
Intence
302,463
149,148
76
Tina (Hoodcelebrityy)
292,343
98,430
77
Peruzzi
280,661
485,174
78
Stalk Ashley
280,220
55,695
79
Tony Matterhorn
270,153
93,515
80
Boy Boy
252,841
31,094
81
Red Rat
248,758
90,225
82
Kerwin Du Bois
244,171
41,361
83
IWaata
239,495
46,542
84
Junior Kelly
239,019
132,753
85
Super Cat
230,247
116,707
86
General Degree
229,144
58,542
87
Ward 21
227,282
33,572
88
Destra
222,658
71,384
89
Govana
218,973
162,347
90
Squash
218,073
180,072
91
Marksman
213,361
55,411
92
Skinny Fabulous
211,678
55,357
93
Future Fambo
211,340
7,034
94
Etana
197,029
137,422
95
I-Octane
196,272
139,046
96
Lady Saw
195,840
199,608
97
Rygin King
193,530
157,710
98
Mad Cobra
192,327
88,386
99
Luciano
191,913
222,204
100
Shaneil Muir
191,571
108,298
101
Jahshii
184,961
84,756
102
Anju Blaxx
181,561
6,719
103
IQ
180,296
20,526
104
Queen Ifrica
173,356
143,522
105
Jeff Fullyauto
169,682
29,247
106
Agent Sasco (Assassin)
168,068
27,587
107
Macka Diamond
167,301
56,914
108
Jah Vinci
160,763
243,043
109
Garnett Silk
159,318
153,089
110
D'yani
154,286
40,721
111
Wayne Marshall
153,564
11,439
112
Da'ville
153,156
59,724
113
Blak Ryno
152,981
70,913
114
Najeeriii
144,008
62,488
115
Alison Hinds
141,051
40,081
116
10Tik
138,636
65,239
117
Spragga Benz
136,643
107,927
118
Bushman
132,046
90,301
119
Gage
130,760
12,459
120
Tony Rebel
118,833
90,022
121
Brysco
118,833
32,228
122
Richie Stephens
116,211
51,280
123
Pablo YG
116,138
44,567
124
Turbulence
112,241
94,189
125
Vershon
110,840
67,035
126
Chi Ching Ching
110,629
17,931
127
Lexxus
110,020
41,187
128
Laa Lee
108,192
17,723
129
Chuck Fenda
106,611
68,280
130
Alicai Harley
102,856
33,068
131
Jahvillani
97,854
112,897
132
Shane O
97,031
39,989
133
Roze Don
95,443
34,299
134
Tifa
91,259
41,366
135
Moyann
87,875
40,896
136
Degree
85,444
22,873
137
Lyrikal
85,042
33,258
138
Dre Island
84,319
26,730
139
Ricky Blaze
82,851
10,083
140
Cali P
82,423
26,974
141
Kalado
82,420
22,375
142
I Wayne
81,348
176,815
143
QQ
80,160
56,435
144
Frisco Kid
77,282
34,940
145
Nation Boss
76,010
58,079
146
Dovey Magnum
74,685
24,515
147
ZJ Liquid
70,709
15,930
148
Likkle Vybz
65,631
11,015
149
DJ Battle
64,774
3,894
150
Likkle Addi
62,670
12,527
151
Voicemail
61,504
37,616
152
Denyque
61,223
46,671
153
KickRaux
60,926
2,895
154
David Meli
60,726
14,069
155
Rytikal
59,399
86,268
156
Shane E
57,391
41,193
157
Zerimar
56,597
32,329
158
Ninjaman
56,390
70,927
159
Noah Powa
52,595
16,600
160
Quada
52,385
63,654
161
Pamputtae
52,098
12,479
162
Shawn Storm
51,107
59,307
163
Kash Promise Move
49,368
27,912
164
Yaksta
47,169
30,475
165
Kiprich
46,391
49,546
166
Munga Honorable
46,127
12,497
167
Ishawna
45,479
43,051
168
Mr Easy
44,848
9,946
169
Teebone
42,634
23,385
170
Khago
42,545
26,704
171
Vanessa Bling
41,613
25,085
172
Jae Prynse
40,994
13,521
173
Harry Toddler
40,738
12,126
174
Jafrass
40,105
46,859
175
Zagga
39,750
11,595
176
Laden
35,804
22,091
177
Fully Bad
33,650
16,333
178
Munga
33,088
21,930
179
Sikka Rymes
31,744
9,159
180
Maestro Don
30,472
11,237
181
Buccaneer
30,169
27,149
182
The Rara
29,835
2,685
183
Ikaya
27,573
17,553
184
Topmann
27,278
14,017
185
Zamunda
27,109
10,343
186
Kemar Highcon
26,474
8,134
187
TakeOva
26,436
16,158
188
KraiGGi BaDArT
26,130
616
189
Big Zeeks
25,250
4,316
190
Bling Dawg
25,106
20,222
191
G Whizz
24,837
24,162
192
Brysco
24,717
18,035
193
Claye
24,457
15,220
194
Silk Boss
24,364
83,724
195
Daddy1
19,610
47,377
196
Lincoln 3dot
18,943
16,757
197
Chronic Law
18,809
19,533
198
Deep Jahi
18,181
17,212
199
Yanique Curvy Diva
16,114
2,207
200
Sheba
15,993
7,387
201
Xyclone
15,577
2,282
202
Delly Ranx
15,427
16,944
203
Chan Dizzy
13,089
13,022
204
Voice
12,886
854
205
CHRONIC LAW
10,589
24,769
206
Razor B
9,503
9,464
207
Prohgres
6,898
7,633
208
ShaqStar
6,321
11,248
209
Gold Gad
5,808
23,681
210
Black Ryno
5,778
12,969
211
Lisa Hyper
5,061
13,022
212
Bobby 6ix
5,035
18,602
213
Neeqah
4,808
9,674
214
Marlon Easy
3,400
170
215
Trabass
3,108
9,426
216
Shane-O
2,747
2,245
217
D'Angel
2,714
9,439
218
Tosh Alexander
2,566
1,628
219
Quada
1,074
518
220
Nefatari
277
166
221
Squash
104
382
222
Govava
78
33

Some info about dancehall

Dancehall is a vibrant and energetic genre of Jamaican popular music that originated during the late 1970s. It evolved from reggae, yet it distinguishes itself with a greater emphasis on the rhythmic elements and deejay (DJ) vocals. Unlike traditional reggae, which is known for its laid-back rhythms and socially conscious lyrics, dancehall is more upbeat, featuring faster rhythms and lyrics that focus on everyday life, social commentary, and party-centric themes.

The genesis of dancehall can be traced back to the sound systems of Kingston, Jamaica. These sound systems were essentially mobile street parties that featured DJs who would play popular music on turntables and add their live commentary, or 'toasting,' over the tracks. This practice evolved over time, and DJs began creating their own beats and rhythms instead of using existing music. The shift from reggae to dancehall is noted particularly in the change from the rockers rhythm popular during the mid-70s to the faster rhythms used by these DJs.

The term "dancehall" itself comes from the venues and dance halls where these sound systems were popular. In the early developments of the genre, pioneers such as Yellowman, General Echo, and Barrington Levy became iconic, injecting their unique styles and narratives that resonated well with audiences. These artists were masters of 'toasts' or 'chants' that involved boastful commentary and slang over a steady beat, characteristics still prevalent in modern-day dancehall.

From the 1980s onward, the digital revolution in music production led to changes in the sound of dancehall. Digital instrumentation became commonplace, and producers like King Jammy and Steely & Clevie began to experiment with drum machines and synthesizers, shifting dancehall into what some refer to as "ragga" characterized by its heavily digitized sounds and production.

The 1990s and early 2000s saw dancehall gaining international prominence, with artists like Shabba Ranks, Beenie Man, and Bounty Killer becoming household names. These figures introduced dancehall to a broader audience, blending it with hip-hop, and collaborating with international artists. Shaggy, who burst onto the scene in the late '90s with hits like "Boombastic" and "It Wasn’t Me," further showcased the commercial viability of dancehall music at the global level.

Currently, artists like Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, and Popcaan are known ambassadors of dancehall. Sean Paul, in particular, has been instrumental in integrating dancehall into popular Western music genres, featuring in collaborations that top international music charts. His tracks often incorporate typical dancehall beats and rhythms, making the genre more accessible to an international audience unfamiliar with its roots.

Dancehall remains most popular in its birthplace—Jamaica—where it still influences the social and cultural landscape. Nonetheless, it also holds a significant fan base in other Caribbean islands, parts of Central and North America, and increasingly in urban centers in Europe and Africa where Caribbean communities have a strong presence.

The genre often sparks debates around its lyrical content and the portrayal of certain societal elements, but it continues to thrive, reflecting the dynamic and evolving nature of cultural expressions. Dancehall not only provides entertainment but also offers a unique lens through which to view and understand the complexities of Jamaican society and, by extension, the global influence of Caribbean cultural forms.