CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis

Grease

BONUS – Singles Ranking

Below is the Top 10 list of albums that totaled the highest number of singles sales among all records studied so far. George Michael registers an impressive 3 entries.

1 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 24,400,000
2 1984 Wham!Make It Big – 14,400,000
3 1986 MadonnaTrue Blue – 12,200,000
4 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin – 12,100,000
5 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time – 11,100,000
6 1976 ABBAArrival – 11,050,000
7 1997 Céline DionLet’s Talk About Love – 11,000,000
8 1986 Wham!Music from the Edge of Heaven – 10,600,000
9 1987 George MichaelFaith – 9,950,000
10 1997 Shania TwainCome On Over – 9,630,000

Following Top 10 is quite simply the highest selling physical singles out of well past 1,000 hits covered up to now. Both Wham! / George Michael leading hits make their entry with Careless Whisper being topped only by Soundtrack hits.

1 1978 SoundtrackYou’re the One That I Want [Grease] – 10,400,000
2 1997 Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love] – 8,100,000
3 1984 George Michael ft. Wham!Careless Whisper [Make It Big] – 6,500,000
4 1975 QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night At The Opera] – 6,400,000
5 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time] – 6,000,000
6 1976 ABBADancing Queen [Arrival] – 5,350,000
7 1986 Wham!Last Christmas [Music from the Edge of Heaven] – 5,200,000
7 1965 Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads] – 5,200,000
9 1978 SoundtrackSummer Nights [Grease] – 4,900,000
10 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin] – 4,300,000

6 thoughts on “CSPC: Wham! & George Michael Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank you very much for those figures. “Make it big” is very underrated, it’s crazy.
    There’s another reason why no one should doubt about Wham!’s figures being included into George Michael’s total sale numbers : he wrote and co-produced 90% of each Wham! album. Unfortunately, most people tend to think Wham! was a teen-pop band a la Spice Girls whereas they were closer to bands like Take That for the leading singer (that was George Michael) was a real artist who wrote and produced the band’s songs. Sadly enough, his death is the occasion to consider the quality and real dimension of George Michael’s talent.

  2. Thanks for those interesting figures. May I dare to think that Wham Japanese sales are underestimated.
    From oricon’ stats alone “Music From The Edge Of Heaven” is over 180.000 in 2004.

    1. Hi Grendizer,

      Thanks for spotting out! Going across my Excel spreadsheet, someway I glitched out non-LP sales for its original run. I’ll update the article as it should be 🙂

      Thanks again!

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