CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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The 70s tracks list is dominated by two absolute monsters, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin. The first one is a beast in all fronts, a huge physical singles seller, a huge download track, a streaming juggernaut and the main sales generator of its studio album and of various mega selling compilations. The latter song is massive too but IV album sales saw strong contribution from other tracks as well like Black Dog and Rock and Roll.

A similar case happens with Fleetwood Mac album Rumours. The #1 in the overall CSPC album list has several strong hits rather than one stand-out track. In fact, the album owns as many as four songs from this list.


1 1975 QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night At The Opera] – 26,270,000
2 1971 Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven [Led Zeppelin IV] – 25,500,000
3 1975 Pink FloydWish You Were Here [Wish You Were Here] – 20,520,000
4 1977 Fleetwood MacGo Your Own Way [Rumours] – 19,320,000
5 1978 SoundtracksYou’re the One That I Want [Grease] – 17,590,000
6 1975 AerosmithWalk This Way [Toys In The Attic] – 16,970,000
7 1973 Billy JoelPiano Man [Piano Man] – 14,860,000
8 1977 Fleetwood MacDreams [Rumours] – 14,430,000
9 1975 Bruce SpringsteenBorn To Run [Born To Run] – 10,890,000
10 1971 Led ZeppelinBlack Dog [Led Zeppelin IV] – 9,760,000
11 1970 Led ZeppelinImmigrant Song [Led Zeppelin III] – 9,080,000
12 1971 Led ZeppelinRock and Roll [Led Zeppelin IV] – 8,090,000
13 1976 Bob DylanHurricane [Desire] – 7,610,000
14 1978 Billy JoelMy Life [52nd Street] – 7,460,000
15 1978 SoundtracksSummer Nights [Grease] – 7,240,000
16 1977 Billy JoelShe’s Always a Woman [The Stranger] – 7,200,000
17 1975 AerosmithSweet Emotion [Toys In The Attic] – 7,160,000
18 1975 Led ZeppelinKashmir [Physical Graffiti] – 6,840,000
19 1975 Fleetwood MacLandslide [Fleetwood Mac (White Album)] – 6,830,000
20 1973 Bob DylanKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid] – 6,470,000
21 1977 Fleetwood MacThe Chain [Rumours] – 6,430,000
22 1975 Fleetwood MacRhiannon [Fleetwood Mac (White Album)] – 6,410,000
23 1975 Pink FloydShine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1-5) [Wish You Were Here] – 5,840,000
24 1975 Bruce SpringsteenThunder Road [Born To Run] – 5,720,000
25 1978 SoundtracksGrease [Grease] – 5,560,000
26 1978 SoundtracksHopelessly Devoted to You [Grease] – 5,070,000
27 1977 Billy JoelJust the Way You Are [The Stranger] – 5,010,000
28 1977 Fleetwood MacDon’t Stop [Rumours] – 4,940,000
29 1973 Led ZeppelinOver The Hills And Far Away [Houses Of The Holy] – 4,790,000
30 1978 Billy JoelHonesty [52nd Street] – 4,680,000

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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