CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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Once again, the 60s section is made of only three artists so far, it will be way more representative after adding bands like the Beatles or the Beach Boys among others.

How should those figures be understood? It is the number of album equivalent sales generated by each song. It includes the song own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales with appropriate weighting too plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

Despite the absence of many famous acts of the 60s below list still does include several all-time classics. The most impressive point is how Bob Dylan cult song Like a Rolling Stone challenges Whole Lotta Love despite their respective parent albums having very different sales – 5,0 million to 21,9 million!


1 1969 Led ZeppelinWhole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin II] – 14,190,000
2 1965 Bob DylanLike a Rolling Stone [Highway 61 Revisited] – 13,910,000
3 1969 Led ZeppelinRamble On [Led Zeppelin II] – 9,240,000
4 1969 Led ZeppelinGood Times Bad Times [Led Zeppelin I] – 9,020,000
5 1964 Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin’ [The Times They Are A-Changin’] – 9,000,000
6 1969 Bob DylanLay Lady Lay [Nashville Skyline] – 6,490,000
7 1963 Bob DylanBlowin’ in the Wind [The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan] – 4,380,000
8 1965 Bob DylanMr. Tambourine Man [Bringing It All Back Home] – 4,210,000
9 1969 Led ZeppelinBabe I’m Gonna Leave You [Led Zeppelin I] – 3,880,000
10 1969 Led ZeppelinDazed And Confused [Led Zeppelin I] – 3,790,000
11 1966 Bob DylanI Want You [Blonde on Blonde] – 3,060,000
12 1969 Led ZeppelinHeartbreaker [Led Zeppelin II] – 2,990,000
13 1967 Bob DylanAll Along the Watchtower [John Wesley Harding] – 2,960,000
14 1963 Bob DylanDon’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan] – 2,860,000
15 1968 Fleetwood MacAlbatross [Orphan] – 2,570,000

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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