Best-Selling Reggae Album of All Time: Bob Marley and The Wailers "Legend"


According to Billboard's Year-End Reggae Albums list, Bob Marley & The Wailers' Legend, was the best-selling reggae albums of 2021. The greatest hits collection first released in May 1984 by Island Records , and according to Billboard’s sales tracker MRC Data, the album actually sold 609,000 units from sales and streaming in the United States for 2021. This includes 179,000 pure album sales, as well as 528,314,000 and 50,801,000 on-demand music and video streams, respectively.


Legend debuted at No. 54 on the Billboard 200 in 1984, with 14 tracks of Bob Marley's most popular songs: Is This Love, No Woman No Cry, Three Little Birds, Get Up Stand Up, Buffalo Soldier, Exodus, I Shot the Sheriff, Stir it Up; BBC's Song of the Century One Love, Redemption Song, Jamming, and Waiting in Vain.


However, the 37-year-old album has a place in the R&B genre as well, ranking sixth on the Year-End Top R&B Albums chart and 32nd on the Year-End Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for albums sold in the United States in 2021.



Legend has outperformed expectations and set a new bar for reggae album sales. Legend is the best-selling reggae album of all time, selling over 15 million copies in the United States, 3.9 million in the United Kingdom, and 33 million worldwide.


On 2003, the album was ranked No. 46 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 best albums of all time, a position it retained in a 2012 revised list.


Shaggy comes in at number two with 2,300 album sales, 159,339,800 On Demand audio streams, and 39,229,600 On Demand video streams for his album Best of Shaggy, The Boombastic Collection. Stick Figure comes in third place with 7,100 record sales and a total of 92, 252,800.