CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

Fleetwood Mac failed the Top 10 of the 60s, they clearly got into it for the 70s with Rumours dominating two other terrific contenders on IV and Grease. This list also features the five albums from our Top 1975 Albums article.

1970s Albums

1 1977 Fleetwood MacRumours  – 60,508,000
2 1971 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV – 55,419,000
3 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 51,899,000
4 1975 QueenA Night At The Opera – 33,680,000
5 1975 Pink FloydWish You Were Here – 32,585,000
6 1975 AerosmithToys In The Attic – 25,055,000
7 1977 Billy JoelThe Stranger – 24,886,000
8 1973 Led ZeppelinHouses Of The Holy – 22,238,000
9 1970 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III – 19,537,000
10 1975 Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run – 19,460,000
11 1973 Billy JoelPiano Man – 18,159,000
12 1975 Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti – 17,169,000
13 1975 Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac – 16,966,000
14 1978 Billy Joel52nd Street – 16,620,000
15 1979 Led ZeppelinIn Through The Outdoor – 12,901,000
16 1976 Bob DylanDesire – 10,075,000
17 1979 Fleetwood MacTusk – 9,607,000
18 1975 Bob DylanBlood on the Tracks – 8,826,000
19 1976 Led ZeppelinPresence – 8,313,000
20 1973 Bob DylanPat Garrett and Billy the Kid – 6,662,000

19 thoughts on “CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary”

  1. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Congratulations again for your website and also for all the twenty-five artists analyzed and studied.
    What singers or groups will you analyze in the next week ?
    I hope that you will answer me soon !!!

      1. Hi dear MJD !!!

        If we speak of a famous very flashy group from the 70s, I think they are the Queen.
        Did I guessed ? I believe are Queen because The Rolling Stones,The Beatles and Pink Floyd came out a decade earlier then the sixties.
        Then after this flashy group, I hope you finally will analyze The Fab Four (The Beatles) !!!

          1. Hi both!

            Mat got it right 😉

            Anthony, I’m working on the Beatles at the same time as other artists. I would say I have 30% complete by now. Giving their importance, I’m really getting very, very deeply into every information which obviously takes time, but I don’t want to rush an article about them!

    1. Hello Patrick!

      I edited Led Zeppelin article after the Bob Dylan one. Recently, we discussed with Hernan the case of box sets containing original albums a case which wasn’t stated in CSPC introduction. As for boxes eat catalog sales of stand alone albums, in a CSPC logic we felt logical to attribute 100% of such box sets sales into each individual album part of the package. Thus, rather than spreading the 500,000 units sold by Led Zeppelin set The Complete Studio Recordings, those sales were fully awarded to each of its 9 albums, which created a 4 million increase of their CSPC total.

      1. so the boxed sets had the whole albums and each one unit sale was a whole sale for each album that was in the box set? if that is the case then yeah it only makes sense to do so.

  2. Hi dear MJD !!!

    Certainly I understand dear,but how long do you think you can analyze The Beatles ? for example a week or a month.
    Ah congratulations, as I understand, he guessed Mat, the famous flashy group are ABBA !!!

    1. Hello Lucy!

      Mariah has not been studied yet, that is why she does not appear in this article.
      But do not worry, she will also be studied soon, like all big sellers.

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