Bob Marley and Wailers album tops Billboard Reggae charts

“Legend,” the compilation album released by Bob Marley and The Wailers, ranked number 1 on Billboard magazine’s Year-End Reggae Albums Artist Chart. It was the second year in a row that “Legend” held the No. 1 spot on the chart. Additionally, it was ranked at number 60 on Billboard’s 200 Year-End Albums chart, which lists albums from all musical genres. Billboard notes that the fact that Marley topped the reggae charts comes as no surprise because in any given week of the year the album, which reached Platinum status 15 times, continues to sell and to be released at about the same rate as the other albums on the combined Billboard Reggae Top 10 chart.

“Legend”, a collection of greatest hits by Marley and The Wailers, was released in May 1984 on Island Records. Tracks on the album include Is This Love, No Woman No Cry, Three Little Birds, Get Up Stand Up, Buffalo Soldier, Exodus, I Shot the Sheriff, Stir it Up, One Love, Redemption Song, Jamming and Waiting in Vain . .

As of 2021, the album has sold 609,000 units through streaming and sales in the United States. This figure included 179,000 pure album sales, 528,314,000 on-demand audio streams and 50,801,000 video streams. Comparatively, reggae albums that have been ranked from number 2 to number 10 have sold less than 30,000 albums in 2021. The list included a second entry from Marley and The Wailers: the album “Gold”, which was ranked at number 9.

“Legend” has sold over 15 million copies in the US alone and over 3.9 million in the UK. As the best-selling reggae album in history, it is estimated to have sold some 33 million copies worldwide. The album ranked at number 46 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003 and retained that rating on the magazine’s revised list released in 2012.

The album “Legend” debuted on Billboard’s 200 chart at number 54 in 1984, and since January 11, 2022, the album has topped the weekly Billboard Reggae Albums chart for 105 consecutive weeks.

The second, third and fourth places in the 2021 year-end reggae ranking were StickmanShaggy and Sean Paul, respectively.

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