CSPC: Up To Date Rankings & Summary

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Can you believe such an unreal domination from My Heart Will Go On in spite of Titanic Soundtrack not being accounted for? This is just the illustration of how utterly massive that hit was. It must be said that adding Titanic Soundtrack would artificially inflate the song popularity due to the millions of consumers that bought both albums Let’s Talk About Love and Titanic soundtrack, which would create a lot of double counting. In any case, the song is #1.

I’m not sure Kurt Cobain would love the irony of seeing teen star Britney Spears block Nirvana‘s Smells Like Teen Spirit but figures don’t lie. After topping 80s list, U2 occupy a nice 5th spot among 90s ranking.


1 1997 Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love] – 36,370,000
2 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time] – 18,130,000
3 1991 NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit [Nevermind] – 16,250,000
4 1996 Céline DionBecause You Loved Me [Falling Into You] – 16,180,000
5 1991 U2One [Achtung Baby] – 14,610,000
6 1991 NirvanaCome As You Are [Nevermind] – 13,090,000
7 1993 Céline DionThe Power of Love [The Colour Of My Love] – 13,010,000
8 1991 MetallicaEnter Sandman [Metallica] – 12,690,000
9 1996 Céline DionIt’s All Coming Back to Me Now [Falling Into You] – 12,210,000
10 1990 MadonnaVogue [I’m Breathless] – 11,780,000
11 1991 Guns N RosesNovember Rain [Use Your Illusion I] – 11,660,000
12 1991 MetallicaNothing Else Matters [Metallica] – 11,580,000
13 1991 Guns N RosesKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Use Your Illusion II] – 10,960,000
14 1998 MadonnaFrozen [Ray Of Light] – 8,460,000
15 1993 Billy JoelThe River of Dreams [River Of Dreams] – 7,810,000
16 1992 Céline DionBeauty and the Beast [Celine Dion] – 6,700,000
17 1991 Guns N RosesDon’t Cry [Use Your Illusion I] – 6,650,000
18 1996 Céline DionAll by Myself [Falling Into You] – 6,530,000
19 1993 Céline DionThink Twice [The Colour Of My Love] – 6,230,000
20 1991 NirvanaLithium [Nevermind] – 6,010,000
21 1995 Céline DionPour que tu m’aimes encore [D’Eux] – 5,900,000
22 1994 MadonnaTake A Bow [Bedtime Stories] – 5,880,000
23 1998 MadonnaRay Of Light [Ray Of Light] – 5,750,000
24 1993 NirvanaHeart-Shaped Box [In Utero] – 5,440,000
25 1999 Enrique IglesiasBailamos [Enrique] – 5,060,000
26 1991 MetallicaThe Unforgiven [Metallica] – 4,950,000
27 1999 Britney Spears(You Drive Me) Crazy […Baby One More Time] – 4,830,000
28 1991 NirvanaPolly [Nevermind] – 4,750,000
28 1999 EminemMy Name Is [The Slim Shady LP] – 4,750,000
30 1991 Guns N RosesCivil War [Use Your Illusion II] – 3,960,000

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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