CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Page 4: Original Album Sales – Please Please Me
Page 5: Original Album Sales – With the Beatles
Page 6: Original Album Sales – A Hard Day’s Night
Page 7: Original Album Sales – Beatles for Sale
Page 8: Original Album Sales – Help!
Page 9: Original Album Sales – Rubber Soul
Page 10: Original Album Sales – Revolver
Page 11: Original Album Sales – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Page 12: Original Album Sales – Magical Mystery Tour
Page 13: Original Album Sales – The Beatles (White Album)
Page 14: Original Album Sales – Yellow Submarine
Page 15: Original Album Sales – Abbey Road
Page 16: Original Album Sales – Let It Be
Page 17: Original Album Sales – Comments
Page 18: Physical Singles Sales – Introduction
Page 19: Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 20: Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 21: Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 22: Physical Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 23: Physical Singles Sales – Part 5
Page 24: Physical Singles Sales – Part 6
Page 25: Controversies – Part 1
Page 26: Controversies – Part 2
Page 27: Controversies – Part 3
Page 28: Controversies – Part 4
Page 29: Controversies – Part 4
Page 30: Controversies – Part 5
Page 31: Digital Singles Sales – Introduction
Page 32: Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 33: Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 34: Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 35: Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 36: Streaming Sales – Part 1
Page 37: Streaming Sales – Part 2
Page 38: Streaming Sales – Part 3
Page 39: Streaming Sales – Part 4
Page 40: Streaming Sales – Part 5
Page 41: Streaming Sales – Part 6
Page 42: Streaming Sales – Part 7
Page 43: Streaming Sales – Part 8
Page 44: Remaining Long Format – American studio albums – Part 1
Page 45: Remaining Long Format – American studio albums – Part 2
Page 46: Remaining Long Format – Local Releases
Page 47: Remaining Long Format – Eps
Page 48: Remaining Long Format – Double Compilations – Part 1
Page 49: Remaining Long Format – Double Compilations – Part 2
Page 50: Remaining Long Format – Double Compilations – Part 3
Page 51: Remaining Long Format – Anthology Project
Page 52: Remaining Long Format – 00’s Major Items
Page 53: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 1
Page 54: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 2
Page 55: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 3
Page 56: Remaining Long Format – Minor Compilations – Part 4
Page 57: Remaining Long Format – Live Albums
Page 58: Remaining Long Format – Music Video – Part 1
Page 59: Remaining Long Format – Music Video – Part 2
Page 60: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 1
Page 61: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 2
Page 62: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 3
Page 63: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets – Part 4
Page 64: Remaining Long Format – Summary
Page 65: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 1962-1966 (The Red Album) (1973)
Page 66: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) (1973)
Page 67: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Rock ‘n’ Roll Music (1976)
Page 68: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl (1977)
Page 69: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Love Songs (1977)
Page 70: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 20 Greatest Hits (1982)
Page 71: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Past Masters, Volume One (1988)
Page 72: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Past Masters, Volume Two (1988)
Page 73: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Live at the BBC (1994)
Page 74: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Anthology 1 (1995)
Page 75: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Anthology 2 (1996)
Page 76: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Anthology 3 (1996)
Page 77: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Yellow Submarine Songtrack (1999)
Page 78: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – 1 (2000)
Page 79: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Let It Be… Naked (2003)
Page 80: BONUS – Original Compilation Sales – Love (2006)
Page 81: CSPC Results
Page 82: Biggest Tracks
Page 83: Artists Ranking

25 thoughts on “CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis”

  1. holy moly you guys this is epic!! i knew you were working on something huge!! phenomenal job. wow. i need to read this article a few more times again to fully grasp everything. once again, all 3 of you, BRAVO!!!

  2. Fantastic job! I’ve waited for this moment!!!

    I also noticed these massive sales from Argentina. Their studio albums sold more there than in much larger markets like France, Brazil and Australia, do you know if there’s any particular reason for that?

    1. Hi Al,

      Thanks for your comments and we are very glad you liked the article, that was our purpose!

      As for Argentina, there are a number of reasons, some related to the market’s size and others to the cultural impact made by British groups, starting from The Beatles.

      The first thing to mention is that Argentina isn’t a very strong market now, but it was quite big (let’s say medium-to-big level) until the mid 70s. For instance, 32 million albums and singles were sold during 1975, more than in several key markets like Netherlands, Spain and even slightly bigger than Italy. The Argentinean market was similar, in size, to that of Mexico or Brazil despite the latter two countries being then and now far more populated. If we go further back in time, the mid to late 60s, the Argentinean market was actually the biggest in Latin America. Argentina is almost a unique case in the following sense: the local market was almost in better shape from about 1964 to 1975 than from 1976 to about 1990, which favoured The Beatles.

      The market returned to a big level during the 90s -athough this was a worldwide phenomenon-, in time for the public to start buying The Beatles’ stuff in CD format, whose explosion occurred in 1992/1993.

      And then, of course, we have the cultural reasons, which exceeds the content of the article and would need to be studied more deeply in the future. But Argentina has always had a positive bias toward British groups. The most populated and richer zone of the country is the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, a highly cosmopolitan city and massively open to the music of the world, notably foreign rock/pop and the British one in particular.

      It is a combo that perfectly benefitted The Beatles, I would say.

      1. Thank you for the answer!

        Do you know if The Beatles are the best selling artist of all time in Argentina? (in album sales)

        1. Counting foreign music not sung in Spanish, they are the very best selling act ever and by a huge margin.

          Counting all sort of acts, disregarding the language, then Luis Miguel is likely to have sold a similar amount or even slightly bigger. That would take some research and no doubt that Luis Miguel will eventually be covered on Chartmasters.

          Julio Iglesias and Sandro (local singer) are both very strong selling artists, but highly unlikely to rival The Beatles in albums sales.

          So The Beatles are likely to be either the very best selling act in Argentina or the second best selling, easily the best selling non-Spanish act.

    1. Yes I can’t see either topping The Beatles. I’d also imagine that while MJ (if analysed) will not be an easy or quick task to undertake, Presley (if analysed) would be an absolute nightmare given the plethora of different titles released under his name, globally and locally. I certainly wouldn’t like to undertake the that mission lol

  3. I appreciate your work. Thanks for showing how amazingly well the Fab Four did! The orphan album is just so massive, wow!

    I am hoping for you to finally cover Mariah Carey for her birthday on the 27th of March! See ya!

  4. I was wondering, have you tried putting these figures on Wikipedia, I know the editors there are pretty strict but if these figures are correct (or at least in the same ballpark) then why not put them there?

  5. Very interesting reading and historical overview. Enormous amount of work and documentation are involved here.
    Anyway, I am very surprise by the amount of record sold in south america, especially if the sixties and seventies are concerned.
    This is what I found in Cashbox 1968-7-6 :
    “Sales figures in Argentina remained at the same level of 66/67, with strong hits selling between 60.000 and 100.000 (singles), LP’s ranging from 30.000 to 60.000 and many best sellers lits not surpassing the 15.000 mark.”
    This is about the same than Spain when per hit “Delilah” by Tom Jones did 125.000.

    1. Hi Grendizer!

      In all countries, including in Latin America, sales during the 60s represent only a small fraction of their albums sales to date. Their albums have been tremendous catalog sellers ever since the first day.

  6. Amazing job!

    you have a new follower in latin america . Could you please post the BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country for the Beatles? please!!

    Thank you so much in advance!

    1. Hi John,

      There is an entire page (25) demonstrating the real sales of Sgt Pepper’s in the UK. The 5 million plus figure is pure fantasy from Alan Jones.

    1. Hi John,

      All countries aren’t listed, which doesn’t mean they have been ignored – in fact if you add detailed countries numbers and the Worldwide total you will be able to see the difference.

      As for Africa or India, their markets are tiny / non-existent depending on the period. Up to the mid-80s their records weren’t issued in most Asian / African countries. Even in latter years, only South Africa, Turkey and Israel developed some kind of an album market, the rest of the continent was relying exclusively on pirated records and a few imports.

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