One Love/People Get Ready

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"One Love / People Get Ready"
Single by Bob Marley & The Wailers
from the album Exodus
B-side"So Much Trouble In The World"
Released16 April 1984
GenreRoots reggae
LabelTuff Gong
Producer(s)Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bob Marley & The Wailers singles chronology
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"One Love/People Get Ready" on YouTube

"One Love/People Get Ready" is a reggae song by Bob Marley & The Wailers from their 1977 album Exodus. It was first recorded in a ska style by Marley's original group, The Wailers in 1965 and was released as a single. This version was later included on their first singles compilation The Wailing Wailers in 1965. It was rerecorded as part of the 1970 medley "All In One", which contained reggae reworkings of their early ska songs. This was released as a single and is also included on the compilation African Herbsman under the name "All in One". The version on Exodus was not released as a single until 29 August 1999, promoting the forthcoming greatest hits album Legend. However, the single became one of his biggest hits and has been included on many of Marley and the Wailers subsequent compilation albums.

The song contains an interpolation of The Impressions' song "People Get Ready" written by Curtis Mayfield. The original recording of the song does not credit Mayfield's song and is simply titled "One Love" – this is because copyright law was not enforced for Jamaican recordings at this time. When the famous version was recorded for Island in 1977 it was titled "One Love/People Get Ready" and credited Mayfield (as Island wanted to avoid copyright problems) and it gives co-authorship credits to both Marley and Mayfield. The original song was published in the key of B♭ major, but it has since been transposed so it is in the key of C major.

Music video[edit]

A posthumous music video was directed by Don Letts in 1984 to accompany the Bob Marley & The Wailers compilation album, Legend. It stars young British-Jamaican boy, Jesse Lawrence, in his home on the World's End Estate,[1] and on the King's Road dancing at the head of a large crowd of punks, locals and tourists as well as archival footage of Marley (from the "Is This Love" music video). It also features several cameo appearances including Paul McCartney, two members of Bananarama, Neville Staple of The Specials, members of the reggae groups Aswad and Musical Youth, Suggs and Chas Smash of Madness; some of the short clips in this video are also in Madness' video for their song "The Return of the Los Palmas 7". The song was also released alongside the video and gave Marley a posthumous UK hit when it reached number 5 in May 1984.[2]

A second video for "One Love" was produced by Marley's estate in 2014, with fans submitting video ideas through Tongal and then ultimately compiling a video of diverse contributors lip-syncing and dancing to the song.[3]

In popular culture[edit]


Chart (1984) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 4
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 2
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[9] 3
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 1
UK Singles (OCC)[11] 5


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[12] Gold 25,000double-dagger
New Zealand (RMNZ)[13] Gold 10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 400,000double-dagger

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 2017-07-20.
  3. ^ Brown, Harley (December 4, 2014). "Ben & Jerry's and Tuff Gong Release First Video for 'One Love' and a Bob Marley-Inspired Ice Cream". Billboard. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-05-13. Retrieved 2011-05-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Article Archived 2009-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Grogan, John (2006). Marley & me : life and love with the world's worst dog. London: Hodder & Stoughton. p. 13. ISBN 0-340-92209-5. OCLC 141378706.
  7. ^ " – Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love / People Get Ready" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 25, 1984" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  9. ^ " – Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love / People Get Ready" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  10. ^ " – Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love / People Get Ready". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 May 2018.
  12. ^ "Italian single certifications – Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love" (in Italian). Federazione Industria Musicale Italiana. Retrieved 15 May 2020. Select "2019" in the "Anno" drop-down menu. Select "One Love" in the "Filtra" field. Select "Singoli" under "Sezione".
  13. ^ "New Zealand single certifications – Bob Marley – One Love – People Get Ready". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  14. ^ "British single certifications – Bob Marley & The Wailers – One Love/People Get Ready". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 May 2020.

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