#12 NIRVANA – 87,573,000
Nirvana discography is pretty close to the one of Adele. First, a low profile album. Second, an incredible blockbuster. Third, a solid success and… end of story. Indeed, the Seattle classic rock band released as few as three albums that were still enough to generate 87,6 million equivalent album sales to date.
Biggest Album – Nevermind – 51,570,000
Weakest Album – Bleach – 9,331,000
Number of Albums – 3
CSPC Album Average – 26,768,000
Orphan Album Sales – 7,269,000
Studio Albums Sales – 44,600,000
Studio Albums Ranking- #15
Remaining Full Length Records Sales – 37,699,000
Remaining Full Length Records Ranking- #8
Physical Singles Sales – 4,350,000
Physical Singles Ranking- #13
Download Singles Sales – 23,300,000
Download Singles Ranking- #23
Streaming Sales – 1,639,000 (in album sales equivalent)
Streaming Ranking- #16
The situation of Nirvana is very atypical. Their remaining full length records sold almost as much their original studio albums – 37,7 million to 44,6 million – although their first compilation came out in 2002 only and hasn’t sold that many copies. This shows how extraordinary sales of the band live albums have been. Of course, the main appeal provider of those records was Nevermind which features among the most successful albums ever. This appeal remains just as strong as shown by the #16 position. It may not seem that impressive but artists ahead of them own several contemporary hits. Among catalogs artists, the likes U2, Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion or Billy Joel are all well under Nirvana in the streaming area despite their much larger catalogs.
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