53 artists, 1184 songs
Although reggae's biggest superstar, Bob Marley, passed away in 1981, reggae continued to grow in popularity during the 1980s. Bob Marley's wife Rita and son Ziggy continued the Marley legacy, and bands like Britain's Steel Pulse kept roots reggae going strong. Meanwhile toasters like Yellowman and Eek-A-Mouse popularized a new reggae-influenced style called dancehall that took Jamaica by storm. In 1984, Black Uhuru became the first reggae band to win a Grammy, marking a new milestone in the acceptance of reggae as a musical art form. Britain's UB40 and Maxi Priest topped the charts with reggaefied cover versions of pop songs, and the Reggae Sunsplash festival became an international tour that introduced dozens of reggae artists to new audiences.