CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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Just like on the 80s CPSC albums list, U2 stole the show with their With Or Without You smash. Madonna have to settle for #2, ironically with a track from Like A Prayer which is only her third biggest album of the decade. Unlike Like A Virgin and True Blue, this 1989 album failed to issue several notable hits.

Guns N’ Roses prove how huge their Appetite For Destruction was with three songs at #3, #10 and #11.


1 1987 U2With Or Without You [The Joshua Tree] – 23,140,000
2 1989 MadonnaLike A Prayer [Like A Prayer] – 19,210,000
3 1987 Guns N RosesSweet Child O’Mine [Appetite For Destruction] – 17,250,000
4 1983 U2Sunday Bloody Sunday [War] – 16,720,000
5 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin] – 15,450,000
6 1986 MadonnaLa Isla Bonita [True Blue] – 14,760,000
7 1983 Billy JoelUptown Girl [An Innocent Man] – 13,840,000
8 1987 U2I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [The Joshua Tree] – 13,250,000
9 1984 MadonnaMaterial Girl [Like A Virgin] – 11,520,000
10 1987 Guns N RosesParadise City [Appetite For Destruction] – 11,220,000
11 1987 Guns N RosesWelcome To The Jungle [Appetite For Destruction] – 10,910,000
12 1987 Fleetwood MacEverywhere [Tango In The Night] – 10,800,000
13 1983 MadonnaHoliday [Madonna] – 9,460,000
14 1988 MetallicaOne […And Justice For All] – 9,440,000
15 1984 MadonnaInto The Groove [Like A Virgin] – 9,240,000
16 1989 Billy JoelWe Didn’t Start the Fire [Storm Front] – 8,520,000
17 1986 MadonnaPapa Don’t Preach [True Blue] – 8,120,000
17 1980 Billy JoelIt’s Still Rock and Roll to Me [Glass Houses] – 8,120,000
19 1986 MetallicaMaster Of Puppets [Master Of Puppets] – 7,810,000
20 1984 U2Pride (in The Name Of Love) [The Unforgettable Fire] – 7,670,000
20 1988 Guns N RosesPatience [GNR Lies] – 7,670,000
22 1983 U2New Year’s Day [War] – 6,410,000
23 1986 MadonnaLive To Tell [True Blue] – 5,620,000
24 1982 Fleetwood MacGypsy [Mirage] – 5,140,000
25 1987 MadonnaWho’s That Girl [Who’s That Girl] – 5,120,000
26 1987 Fleetwood MacLittle Lies [Tango In The Night] – 5,110,000
27 1989 NirvanaAbout A Girl [Bleach] – 4,990,000
28 1988 U2Desire [Rattle And Hum] – 4,550,000
29 1983 Billy JoelThe Longest Time [An Innocent Man] – 4,450,000
29 1986 MadonnaOpen Your Heart [True Blue] – 4,450,000

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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