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 one entry plus two bubbling under.

1 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 24,400,000
2 1977 Bee GeesSaturday Night Fever – 19,810,000
3 1984 Wham!Make It Big – 13,890,000
4 1992 Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard – 13,580,000
5 1979 Bee GeesSpirits Having Flown – 13,170,000
6 1986 MadonnaTrue Blue – 12,200,000
7 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin – 12,100,000
8 1996 Spice GirlsSpice – 11,350,000
9 1967 BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour – 11,150,000
9 1965 BeatlesHelp! – 11,150,000

1986 Wham!Music from the Edge of Heaven – 10,150,000
1987 George MichaelFaith – 9,060,000

The following Top 10 is quite simply the highest selling physical singles out of well past 1,000 hits covered up to now. George Michael’s leading hit make its entry with Careless Whisper being topped only by one non-Soundtrack non-Orphan hit, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

1 1992 – Soundtrack / Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard] – 10,560,000
2 1978 – Soundtrack – You’re the One That I Want [Grease] – 10,400,000
3 1968 – Beatles – Hey Jude [Orphan] – 8,200,000
4 1997 – Soundtrack / Celine Dion – My Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love] – 8,100,000
5 1963 – Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand [Orphan] – 7,800,000
6 1977 – Soundtrack / Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever] – 6,470,000
7 1975 – Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody [A Night At The Opera] – 6,400,000
8 1984 – George Michael – Careless Whisper [Make It Big] – 6,290,000
9 1999 – Britney Spears –  …Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time] – 6,000,000
10 1979 – Bee Gees – Too Much Heaven [Spirits Having Flown] – 5,640,000

14 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!

  3. Older was certified 7x platinum in Denmark recently. Do you know if this means 350,000 (since many associations certify according to the release date) or 140,000 (looks like IFPI Denmark are certifing platinum when records sold 20,000 since 2012…)? Thank You. 😉

      1. Exactly, George did 90% of the wham work on his own therefore makes it HIS, even Billboard counts the wham hits as George’s, so even they the tea.

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