Shaggy is undoubtedly one of the most popular Jamaican singers. He began his career in the 1990s with his first hit in 1993.
He released the dancehall version of “Oh Carolina”, the original was a ska hit by the Folkes Brothers and had appeared in the film Sliver.
That song propelled Shaggy into the limelight making him the biggest crossover in dancehall reggae. Not only did he become one of most successful artists, but he also continued to make music for almost three decades after his “Oh Carolina”.
Shaggy’s dancehall reggae songs were more upbeat compared to the more traditional tone of dancehall reggae created in studios across Jamaica. His style represented a mix of hooks from pop hits of the past, coupled with his unique taste of dancehall reggae.
Shaggy became one of few reggae musicians to have top the album and pop singles charts in the U.S., and many other countries as well.
Of the 13 albums released by Shaggy, these are the top 6 albums based on sales across various countries.
This is Shaggy’s third studio album and was released on July 11, 1995. There are five songs on this album. “In the Summertime”, a remake of the Mungo Jerry hit, “Boombastic”, which was number 1 on the U.S. R&B chart, “Why You Treat Me So Bad?”, the double A-side “Something Different”, “The Train Is Coming”, and “Day Oh”, which was released as a Japanese only single.
This is music video of the hit song Boombastic
2. Hot Shot
Hot Shot was released on August 8, 2000 and is Shaggy’s fifth studio album. The album went on to be certified six times platinum in the United States with over 9 million copies sold worldwide. A remix album, entitled Hot Shot Ultramix, was released in June 2002. Four singles were released from the album: “It Wasn’t Me”, “Angel”, “Luv Me, Luv Me” and the double A-side single “Dance & Shout Hope”.
The album was the second highest-charting studio album of 2001 on the Billboard Year-End charts. It was also the best-selling album of 2001 in Canada.
3. Lucky Day
The album was released on October 29, 2002 and is the sixth studio album released Shaggy. The album peaked at number 24 on the Billboard 200 and later reached Gold certification. Three singles were released from the album: “Hey Sexy Lady”, “Strength of a Woman” and “Get My Party On”.
The album featured guest appearances from Shaggy’s long-time collaborators Brian and Tony Gold, as well as a guest appearance from Chaka Khan. The song “We Are the Ones” was included on the album “Barbie Mix” which was released to promote the My Scene dolls.
Music video “Strength of A Woman
This is a collaborative album by Sting and Shaggy. 44/876 was released on 20 April 2018. The title of the album refers to the country calling code for the United Kingdom (+44) and the area code for Jamaica (876), Sting’s and Shaggy’s respective home countries.
On 7 December 2018, the Deluxe Softpack 8-bonus-track CD edition of the album was released. This included the unreleased track “Skank Up (Oh Lawd)”, two new versions of “Gotta Get Back My Baby” and five unreleased acoustic live tracks recorded in July 2018 in Paris.
The album won an award for Best Reggae Album at the 61st Grammy Awards in February 2019.
Music video by Sting, Shaggy performing Gotta Get Back My Baby
5. Summer in Kingston
The album was first released via digital download on 19 July 2011, containing a total of eight tracks. Shaggy described the album as a “Summer follow-up” to Shaggy & Friends, which was released in January 2011. The album was mostly produced by Shaggy. The album’s lead single, “Fired Up (Fuck the Rece$$ion!)”, was released on 8 March 2011, and features vocals from Cuban American rapper Pitbull.
The album’s second single, “Sugarcane”, was released just three days prior to the album, and was produced by Teflon, formerly of hip-hop’s Ruff Ryders Crew, and the producer of Eve’s worldwide smash hit “Who’s That Girl”.
In 2012, Shaggy announced plans to release a ‘Lava edition’ of the album on 7 February 2012, this time being issued both physically and via digital download. The ‘Lava edition’ will be preceded by the album’s third single, a new version of “Dame” featuring Kat DeLuna. The ‘Lava edition’ contains two brand new songs – “Hurting” and “She Gives Me Love”, featuring Sly & Robbie.
Sugarcane – Shaggy (Official Music Video Long version)
6. Clothes Drop
Clothes Drop is the seventh studio album released by Jamaican singer Shaggy. The album was released on September 2, 2005. When the album was released promotionally in 2004, it was debated that the album would not be commercially released. However, over a year later, the album was officially released.
Shaggy – Wild 2Nite ft. Olivia