Biggest Stars

Burna Boy
Burna Boy
NGAAfrobeat

Burna Boy

NGAAfricanAfrobeat
Major Lazer
Major Lazer
JAMDance

Major Lazer

JAMElectronicDance
Sean Paul
Sean Paul
JAMDancehall

Sean Paul

JAMReggaeDancehall
Wizkid
Wizkid
NGAAfrobeat

Wizkid

NGAAfricanAfrobeat
Shenseea
Shenseea
JAMDancehall

Shenseea

JAMReggaeDancehall
Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston
JAMDancehall

Sean Kingston

JAMReggaeDancehall
Shaggy
Shaggy
JAMReggae Fusion

Shaggy

JAMReggaeReggae Fusion
Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel
JAMDancehall

Vybz Kartel

JAMReggaeDancehall
Lil Jon
Lil Jon
USAAlternative Hip Hop

Lil Jon

USAHip HopAlternative Hip Hop
Patoranking
Patoranking
NGADancehall

Patoranking

NGAReggaeDancehall
Rvssian
Rvssian
JAMDancehall

Rvssian

JAMReggaeDancehall
Popcaan
Popcaan
JAMDancehall

Popcaan

JAMReggaeDancehall
Shallipopi
Shallipopi
NGAAfrobeat

Shallipopi

NGAAfricanAfrobeat
Stefflon Don
Stefflon Don
GBRAlternative Hip Hop

Stefflon Don

GBRHip HopAlternative Hip Hop
Spice
Spice
JAMDancehall

Spice

JAMReggaeDancehall
Kalash
Kalash
MTQTrap

Kalash

MTQHip HopTrap
Little Lion Sound
Little Lion Sound
CHEDancehall

Little Lion Sound

CHEReggaeDancehall
Boza
Boza
PANOther Latin Music

Boza

PANLatinOther Latin Music
Stonebwoy
Stonebwoy
GHAAfrobeat

Stonebwoy

GHAAfricanAfrobeat
Masicka
Masicka
JAMDancehall

Masicka

JAMReggaeDancehall
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Top Artists by Radio Spins Last month

Sean Paul
Sean Paul
JAMDancehall

Sean Paul

JAMReggaeDancehall
75.7K radio spins
Vybz Kartel
Vybz Kartel
JAMDancehall

Vybz Kartel

JAMReggaeDancehall
15.8K radio spins
Arrowsnspearz
Arrowsnspearz
BELDancehall

Arrowsnspearz

BELReggaeDancehall
15K radio spins
Sean Kingston
Sean Kingston
JAMDancehall

Sean Kingston

JAMReggaeDancehall
12.9K radio spins
Busy Signal
Busy Signal
JAMDancehall

Busy Signal

JAMReggaeDancehall
11.3K radio spins

Most Streamed Spotify Tracks

Past Month
1
Temperature
Temperature
2.9M streams
2
Beautiful Girls
Beautiful Girls
2.2M streams
3
Get Busy
Get Busy
1.7M streams
4
She Doesn't Mind
She Doesn't Mind
1.2M streams
5
Go Down Deh (feat. Shaggy and Sean Paul)
Go Down Deh (feat. Shaggy and Sean Paul)
1M streams
6
Fire Burning
Fire Burning
922.5K streams
7
Turn Me On
Turn Me On
894.8K streams
8
I'm Still in Love with You (feat. Sasha)
I'm Still in Love with You (feat. Sasha)
822.8K streams
9
Breathe (feat. Sean Paul) - Rap Version
Breathe (feat. Sean Paul) - Rap Version
804.5K streams
10
Talibans
Talibans
746.2K streams
1

Temperature

2

Beautiful Girls

3

Get Busy

4

She Doesn't Mind

5

Go Down Deh (feat. Shaggy and Sean Paul)

6

Fire Burning

7

Turn Me On

8

I'm Still in Love with You (feat. Sasha)

9

Breathe (feat. Sean Paul) - Rap Version

10

Talibans

Top Spotify Playlists

Dancehall Official
Dancehall Official
Spotify
1M followers
Dancehall Throwback
Dancehall Throwback
Spotify
570.6K followers
Dancehall Party
Dancehall Party
Spotify
418.9K followers
Dancehall Queen
Dancehall Queen
Spotify
302.5K followers
Reggae Infusions
Reggae Infusions
Spotify
293.6K followers
Carnival 2023
Carnival 2023
Spotify
214.8K followers

Subgenre Popularity

Music stats for top 3,000 artists last month

Top Countries

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      • 3.1K
      • 536.3M
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      • 471.8K
      3.1K
      Dancehall artists
      Spotify
      536.3M
      Streams on Spotify
      YouTube
      0
      Views on YouTube
      Radio Airplay
      471.8K
      Radio spins
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      Questions? We have answers

      Overview of Dancehall music

      Dancehall music originated in Jamaica in the late 1970s as a fusion of reggae and electronic music. It was characterized by a faster tempo, more aggressive beats, and more explicit lyrics than traditional reggae. Dancehall music quickly became popular in Jamaica and spread throughout the Caribbean and beyond.

      In the 1980s, Dancehall music became more commercially successful, with the rise of digital technology allowing for easier production and distribution of music. The music also became more controversial, with some lyrics being criticized for glorifying violence, drug use, and misogyny.

      Despite the controversies, Dancehall music continued to evolve and influence other genres, such as hip hop and pop music. Today, Dancehall music remains an important part of Jamaican culture and continues to be popular around the world.

      Which musicians and bands defined Dancehall music?

      The most notable musicians and music bands that represent the Dancehall music include Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Sean Paul, Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Capleton, Elephant Man, Vybz Kartel, and Mavado.

      These artists have contributed significantly to the evolution of the genre and are admired for their unique styles, electrifying performances, and lyrical prowess. They have also won numerous awards and have gained global recognition for their contributions to Dancehall music.

      Which songs and albums defined Dancehall music?

      Popular Dancehall music

      1970s - 1980s:

      "Under Me Sleng Teng" by Wayne Smith (1985): Considered a groundbreaking track, it popularized the use of electronic instruments in dancehall music and revolutionized the genre's production style.

      "Police in Helicopter" by John Holt (1983): This politically charged song addressed social issues and became an anthem in the dancehall scene, highlighting the genre's ability to convey social commentary.

      1990s - 2000s:

      "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus & Pliers (1992): This infectious hit showcased the fusion of dancehall and reggae, achieving international success and becoming one of the genre's iconic songs.

      "Dutty Rock" by Sean Paul (2002): Sean Paul's second studio album brought dancehall to the mainstream with hits like "Get Busy" and "Gimme the Light," earning him worldwide recognition and cementing dancehall's global influence.

      2010s - Present:

      "Watch Out for This (Bumaye)" by Major Lazer ft. Busy Signal, The Flexican, and FS Green (2013): This collaboration brought dancehall into the electronic dance music (EDM) realm, reaching a wide audience and further blurring genre boundaries.

      "Kingston Story" by Vybz Kartel (2011): Vybz Kartel's album showcased his lyrical prowess and unique style, solidifying his position as one of dancehall's most influential and controversial figures.

      Which music festivals and events represent Dancehall music?

      Music festivals and events that represent the Dancehall music genre are Reggae Sumfest, Rebel Salute, Sting, and Jamaica Carnival. Reggae Sumfest, held annually in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is one of the largest music festivals in the Caribbean, featuring not only Dancehall but also Reggae and other genres.

      Rebel Salute, also held annually in Jamaica, is a celebration of roots, culture, and music, featuring some of the biggest names in Dancehall music.

      Sting, which was first held in 1984, is one of the longest-running music festivals in Jamaica, known for its intense Dancehall clashes and high-energy performances.

      Lastly, Jamaica Carnival is a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture and music that features top Dancehall artists and DJs.