CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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The year 1987 was truly special. The Joshua Tree, Appetite For Destruction – and others are still missing like Michael Jackson‘s Bad or Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. Madonna performs a hat-trick inside the Top 5 thanks to the albums that made most of The Immaculate Collection track list.

1980s Albums

1 1987 U2The Joshua Tree – 46,656,000
2 1987 Guns N RosesAppetite For Destruction – 45,435,000
3 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin – 39,514,000
4 1986 MadonnaTrue Blue – 36,017,000
5 1989 MadonnaLike A Prayer – 26,731,000
6 1983 U2War – 24,622,000
7 1983 Billy JoelAn Innocent Man – 22,320,000
8 1987 Fleetwood MacTango In The Night  – 20,797,000
9 1983 MadonnaMadonna – 18,915,000
10 1988 Metallica…And Justice For All – 17,692,000
11 1988 U2Rattle And Hum – 16,735,000
12 1986 MetallicaMaster Of Puppets – 15,282,000
13 1980 Billy JoelGlass Houses – 14,870,000
14 1984 MetallicaRide The Lightning – 13,728,000
15 1984 U2The Unforgettable Fire – 13,041,000
16 1989 Billy JoelStorm Front – 12,739,000
17 1988 Guns N RosesGNR Lies – 11,307,000
18 1989 NirvanaBleach – 9,331,000
19 1982 Fleetwood MacMirage – 8,193,000
20 1983 MetallicaKill ‘Em All – 7,645,000

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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