In a testament to the timeless allure of Bob Marley’s musical legacy, “Legend: The Best Of Bob Marley & The Wailers” has achieved a remarkable milestone on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. As of September 23, 2023, this iconic album has logged an impressive 800 non-consecutive weeks on the chart, firmly establishing its hallowed position in the annals of music history.
Originally unleashed on May 8, 1984, “Legend” has not only eclipsed its reggae contemporaries in the United States in terms of streams and sales but has also etched its name into the Billboard Catalogue Albums Chart, boasting an impressive 2165 non-consecutive weeks on that chart—a feat second only to Pink Floyd’s legendary “Dark Side Of The Moon.”
With its Deluxe edition amassing an astounding 5 billion streams on Spotify, “Legend” stands tall as the most-streamed reggae album globally. This extraordinary compilation features a carefully curated selection of 10 of Bob Marley’s top 40 hits in the U.K., complemented by three tracks from the original Wailers—Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. These timeless classics, including “No Woman, No Cry,” “Buffalo Soldier,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and “Three Little Birds,” continue to resonate with audiences around the world, transcending time and borders.
Stateside, “Legend” currently holds the No. 106 position on the Billboard 200, a testament to its enduring appeal. It previously ascended to No. 5, securing its place as Bob Marley’s highest-charting album in the United States. This remarkable achievement underscores the indelible influence of Bob Marley’s music on the American musical landscape.
Meanwhile, as we eagerly anticipate the release of “Bob Marley: One Love,” directed by the talented Reinaldo Marcus Green, on Valentine’s Day 2024, it becomes abundantly clear that the spirit of Bob Marley endures not only through the medium of cinematic experiences but also through the perennial magnetism of his music, magnificently epitomized by the legendary “Legend” album.