CSPC: Grease Popularity Analysis

You're the One That I Want

Physical Singles Sales

Released during the disco fever with outstanding physical single sales in various markets, Grease ended up as one of the biggest selling era ever for this format. It’s first two singles topped the 2 million mark in the US, singles 2 and 3 sat inside the all-time top selling singles in the UK until the change of millennium while You’re The One That I Want remains one of the Top 5 best selling singles ever in France, just to point out a few examples.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Grease – 4,100,000
You’re The One That I Want – 10,400,000
Summer Nights – 4,900,000
Hopelessly Devoted To You – 2,400,000
Sandy – 1,100,000
Greased Lightnin’ – 900,000
Grease Megamix – 600,000

All in all, the massive total of 24,4 million physical singles sold, a big 7,32 million albums sales equivalentYou’re The One That I Want cracks the 10 million mark. While many big hits from the past are claimed at such amounts, those who really achieved it a very rare and this song is one of them.

5 thoughts on “CSPC: Grease Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hello MJD,
    Gigantic success for this album, but less impressive than I imagined. I was sure that its CSPC total would be greater than Led Zeppelin IV.
    In this article “http://chartmasters.org/2016/04/france-best-selling-albums-ever-summary-1970-1979/7/”, you wrote that Grease OST total in France was 2.64m, and here it’s only 2.04m. Is it a typo, or did you find another data?

      1. Hi Luminator!

        I’ll be doing it as part of Whitney breakdown, both her own Bodyguard count related to her tracks only and the total of the comprehensive album.

    1. Hello Tony!

      The edition of both Grease and Saturday Night Fever France sales articles is ongoing at the moment. In fact I have solid evidences that all figures reported from 1978 to 1984 about both albums were done using the discs count rather than albums count, meaning all figures were doubled! I also downgraded that way figures of New-Zealand, Netherlands, Sweden and more posted on Billboard, all of them doubled as well!

  2. I’v always thought that Olivia was the first to benefit from the success of the movie and its music. She acquired Pop immortality that her previous MOR hits would not have granted. With this soundtrack she won grammy and academy awards nominations and most of all she enjoyed a few years of international pop stardom and reached Europe and South-America.

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