Streaming World: Beatles results analysis

MICHAEL JACKSON UP TO MARCH 9 2016

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Most Popular Songs

01 Billie Jean – 135 943 000
02 Love Never Felt So Good – 117 688 000
03 Beat It – 86 526 000
04 I Want You Back – 86 165 000
05 Man In The Mirror – 75 843 000
06 Thriller – 66 248 000
07 ABC – 60 781 000
08 Smooth Criminal – 56 624 000
09 Black Or White – 52 701 000
10 The Way You Make Me Feel – 46 472 000
11 P.Y.T. – 42 246 000
12 Hold My Hand – 40 365 000
13 They Don’t Care About Us – 39 193 000
14 Bad – 35 159 000
15 Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough – 34 385 000
16 Dirty Diana – 29 928 000
17 Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ – 27 870 000
18 Human Nature – 23 767 000
19 Rock With You – 23 051 000
20 Blame It On The Boogie – 23 043 000

Most Popular Albums

01 Thriller – 405 649 000
02 Bad – 308 193 000
03 Xscape – 188 237 000
04 Dangerous – 139 929 000
05 HIStory – 107 501 000

Michael Jackson overall total up to March 9 2016: 1 740 149 000

4 thoughts on “Streaming World: Beatles results analysis”

  1. Very interesting comparison, I was waiting for something like this, as these two acts -along with Elvis Presley- are considered to be the biggest ever. So while The Beatles have sold far more albums than Michael Jackson, at least on Spotify/YouTube there isn’t such a gap (far from that). I remember you made a point about how these new platforms are a better reflection, a purer way of calculating, popularity and comparing acts from different eras. I didn’t get it at first, but now I’m starting to accept it that way.

    You mentioned that The Beatles are “ahead of all other classic bands by a mile”. But are you sure that they top Queen by such a huge margin? At least on YouTube, Queen are ahead of The Beatles and I doubt The Beatles outstream Queen by a big difference difference considering Queen’s strong monthly totals.

    1. Hehe Hernán I was sure you were going to point out this last comment 😉

      It really is on the context of the “arrival […] on streaming platforms”, those 94 million Spotify plays within’ a month put them 48% ahead of Michael Jackson and with likely almost twice as much as Queen (I haven’t audit in details their streams recently). Obviously, watching running time and considering Youtube views but Queen on a much more favorable position compared to the Beatles, although the likes Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd or Led Zeppelin do not face them as well as Queen.

      I’ll be doing the same kind of articles for various artists, Queen will be one of those coming soon 🙂

  2. I checked Queen’s streams yesterday and the total adds up to 1,179 million, compared to 1,013 by 27 December 2015. A jump of 166 million in about 3,5 months, but without counting 4 solo tracks included on Greatest Hits III, which would take the total to 170 million during the same time frame if included.

    That is an average of 48,5 million per month for Queen. Probably over 50 million (considering Spotify is getting bigger every month) in the 31 days considered above.

    So the total is below that of The Beatles (94 million) and Michael Jackson (63 million).

    According to MJD’s numbers, Michael Jackson was on 1,115 by April 2015 and 1,803 now, which is about 688 million in almost one year; whilst Queen were on 595 million in April 2015 and 1,191 million now (including the 4 solo tracks mentioned above), which is 596 million in almost one year. About 688 million against 596 million in 12 months. Not as big a gap as I was assuming.

    As explained, we will have to wait and see what is the real average total for The Beatles, but their numbers look impressive no matter what. That said, The Beatles sold twice as many albums and records as Queen, but Spotify proves that they aren’t necessarily twice as big as Queen because of that.

  3. Thanks for the response, Guillaume. I posted my above comment (with the stream totals for Queen) at the same time as you posted yours, haha.

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