CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

I mentioned how big of a year 1987 was. The year 1991 is just as famous. Below, five out of the Top 8 albums are 1991 rock albums. Missing are blockbusters from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, R.E.M., Pearl Jam or Genesis. In terms of created value, not many years can challenge the 1991 batch.

Leading that year and the entire decade is an absolutely cult record, Nirvana‘s Nevermind. A couple of back-to-back albums by Celine Dion impressively complete the Top 3.

1990s Albums

1 1991 NirvanaNevermind – 51,570,000
2 1997 Celine DionLet’s Talk About Love – 45,849,000
3 1996 Celine DionFalling Into You – 41,605,000
4 1991 MetallicaMetallica – 40,460,000
5 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time – 30,895,000
6 1991 Guns N RosesUse Your Illusion I – 24,655,000
7 1991 U2Achtung Baby – 24,407,000
8 1991 Guns N RosesUse Your Illusion II – 23,705,000
9 1993 Celine DionThe Colour Of My Love – 22,438,000
10 1998 MadonnaRay Of Light – 21,417000
11 1993 NirvanaIn Utero – 19,403,000
12 1998 Celine DionThese Are Special Times – 14,369,000
13 1996 MetallicaLoad – 12,973,000
14 1990 MadonnaI’m Breathless – 12,644,000
15 1995 Celine DionD’Eux – 12,360,000
16 1994 MadonnaBedtime Stories – 12,215,000
17 1999 EminemThe Slim Shady LP – 12,200,000
18 1993 Billy JoelRiver Of Dreams – 11,076,000
19 1997 MetallicaReload – 10,144,000
20 1999 Enrique IglesiasEnrique – 9,995,000

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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