CSPC: Bob Dylan Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales

The cultural importance of Bob Dylan is so huge that we tend to forget he does own fully valid popular hits. Blowin’ In The WindThe Times They Are A-Changin’, Like A Rolling Stone, All Along The Watchtower, Lay Lady Lay, Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, Forever Young, Mr. Tambourine Man or Hurricane are all well known songs, often recognized even by people not aware at all about the artist himself.

The result is inevitable download sales with steady appeal year after year. In total, he has now passed the 30 million mark, an impressive result.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Bob Dylan (1962) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 600,000

The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) – 555,000 equivalent albums

Blowin’ in the Wind – 1,000,000
Girl From The North Country – 1,300,000
Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright – 700,000
Remaining tracks – 700,000

The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964) – 435,000 equivalent albums

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 2,200,000
Remaining tracks – 700,000

Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 600,000

Bringing It All Back Home (1965) – 315,000 equivalent albums

Subterranean Homesick Blues – 450,000
Mr. Tambourine Man – 850,000
Remaining tracks – 800,000

Highway 61 Revisited (1965) – 555,000 equivalent albums

Like A Rolling Stone – 2,700,000
Remaining tracks – 1,000,000

Blonde on Blonde (1966) – 270,000 equivalent albums

Visions Of Johanna – 200,000
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – 200,000
I Want You – 500,000
Just Like a Woman – 250,000
Remaining tracks – 650,000

John Wesley Harding (1967) – 75,000 equivalent albums

All Along the Watchtower – 300,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

Nashville Skyline (1969) – 203,000 equivalent albums

Lay Lady Lay – 950,000
Remaining tracks – 400,000

Self Portrait (1970) – 45,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 300,000

New Morning (1970) – 90,000 equivalent albums

The Man In Me – 300,000
Remaining tracks – 300,000

2 thoughts on “CSPC: Bob Dylan Popularity Analysis”

  1. He is no doubt a great singer and song-writer!I can,t wait to read posts about another great jewish artist and of of Columbia’s Bs- Barbra Streisand

  2. Hi dear MJD !!!

    more and congratulations for the web site.
    Then it is very beautiful analysis for Bob Dylan, is very detailed even with the various live and many bootleg, you really are a very great scholarly and studious of these great artists (singers and groups). this week I hope you analyze some famous group that I mentioned to you earlier, they are (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen etc.), of course the four groups I mentioned I hope you analyze for first Fab Four (The Beatles).

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