Bob Marley's Legend album sole Jamaican to make Billboard year-end top 200 charts

January 07, 2019
Bob Marley and the Wailers.
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Reggae legend Bob Marley and the Wailers are the only Jamaican artistes whose compilation made the cut for Billboard's top 200 albums for 2018. The album, Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers, came in at number 78 on the charts.

Although the album dropped five places from the number 73 spot it occupied in 2017 end of year charts, the album remained the sole project from a Jamaican act to be included on the coveted chart. It is also the only compilation by a Jamaican act to be included in several other Billboard year-end charts. Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers also makes the cut on the Top Catalogue Albums chart, (coming in at number six, down from its number five spot last year); the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart (placing number 46 out of 100, and moving up one spot from 47 last year) and the top R&B Albums chart (coming in at number nine up from the number 13).

The album was originally released on May 1,1984, and debuted on the Billboard 200 in August of that year at No 54. The album created history back in 2017, when it spent a landmark 500 non- consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 chart. At that point, it was the album with the second most weeks on the list beaten only by Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.

Except for three years between 1985 and 1988, the album was a regular feature on the chart until 1991 when older albums became ineligible to chart on the Billboard 200 (minus a few exceptions). However, in 2009, after the catalogue restriction was lifted, the album returned to the list. Since then, it has had a near constant presence on the chart and earned its first top 10 placing in the chart's history in 2014 when it peaked at number five.