CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

Another Brick in the Wall

BIGGEST TRACKS – Pink Floyd

The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales, and with appropriate weighting too, plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1 1975 – Wish You Were Here [Wish You Were Here] – 21,850,000
2 1979 – Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall] – 16,460,000
3 1973 – Money [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 13,960,000
4 1979 – Comfortably Numb [The Wall] – 10,560,000
5 1973 – Time [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 9,050,000
6 1973 – Breathe [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 6,140,000
7 1975 – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V) [Wish You Were Here] – 6,000,000
8 1973 – The Great Gig in the Sky [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 5,690,000
9 1987 – Learning to Fly [A Momentary Lapse of Reason] – 5,360,000
10 1979 – Hey You [The Wall] – 4,810,000
11 1973 – Us and Them [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 4,400,000
12 1973 – Brain Damage [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 3,710,000
13 1994 – High Hopes [The Division Bell] – 3,610,000
14 1971 – Echoes [Meddle] – 3,330,000
15 1977 – Dogs [Animals] – 3,180,000
16 1973 – Speak to Me [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 3,030,000
17 1977 – Pigs (Three Different Ones) [Animals] – 2,980,000
18 1971 – One of These Days [Meddle] – 2,930,000
19 1973 – On the Run [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 2,730,000
20 1977 – Sheep [Animals] – 2,710,000
21 1973 – Any Colour You Like [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 2,560,000
22 1973 – Eclipse [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 2,510,000
23 1977 – Pigs on the Wing 1 [Animals] – 2,380,000
24 1987 – Sorrow [A Momentary Lapse of Reason] – 1,990,000
25 1975 – Have a Cigar [Wish You Were Here] – 1,910,000
26 1994 – Coming Back to Life [The Division Bell] – 1,810,000
27 1971 – Fearless [Meddle] – 1,760,000
28 1967 – Astronomy Domine [The Piper at the Gates of Dawn] – 1,720,000
29 1970 – Atom Heart Mother [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,700,000
30 1969 – Grantchester Meadows [Ummagumma] – 1,550,000
31 1968 – Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun [A Saucerful of Secrets] – 1,510,000
32 1967 – See Emily Play [Orphan] – 1,480,000
33 1983 – The Fletcher Memorial Home [The Final Cut] – 1,450,000
34 1987 – On the Turning Away [A Momentary Lapse of Reason] – 1,420,000
35 1994 – Marooned [The Division Bell] – 1,370,000
35 1979 – Mother [The Wall] – 1,370,000
37 1977 – Pigs on the Wing 2 [Animals] – 1,320,000
38 1970 – Fat Old Sun [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,300,000
39 1979 – The Happiest Days of Our Lives [The Wall] – 1,260,000
40 1979 – Another Brick in the Wall (Part I) [The Wall] – 1,250,000
41 1979 – Run Like Hell [The Wall] – 1,210,000
42 1994 – What Do You Want from Me [The Division Bell] – 1,200,000
43 1994 – Keep Talking [The Division Bell] – 1,190,000
44 1970 – If [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,130,000
45 1967 – Interstellar Overdrive [The Piper at the Gates of Dawn] – 1,100,000
45 1975 – Welcome to the Machine [Wish You Were Here] – 1,100,000
47 1970 – Summer ’68 [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,090,000
48 1994 – A Great Day for Freedom [The Division Bell] – 900,000
49 1979 – Goodbye Blue Sky [The Wall] – 880,000
50 1979 – Young Lust [The Wall] – 830,000

If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC Pink Floyd playlist on Spotify!

8 thoughts on “CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hi MJD!

    Glad you’re back! It’s been a long wait and it was quite worth it!

    Regarding Pink Floyd’s sales, I have to say their album sales are excellent! 80m+ in both the US and Europe is mind-blowing! They also managed huge sales in almost everywhere except Asia, but that can be explained by the weak market during their peak.

    Still, I was rather disappointed with their performance on other formats. 8,8m physical singles is very low compared to acts of the same time frame, especially since the singles market was huge at the time. I guess not releasing so many singles led to their extraordinary album sales, but The Wall is a perfect example of both huge album sales and singles sales. If they had relased more singles, they probably would end up having slightly less album sales, but much higher album sales equivalents from singles sales.

    I’m not sure how to judge their digital results though. While 23m downloads is quite good considering that the band is already quite old, it pales a lot compared to their album sales. I even find their streaming results more impressive than their download results.

    Lastly, with nearly 170m coming from studio album sales, this format takes up 75% of their total results. What other artists have such a huge proportion of their total results belonging to this format?

    The only acts i can think of right now that would be above Pink Floyd’s are Elvis, Michael Jackson and Queen. Not sure about Sir Elton John though. That means Pink Floyd is most likely in the Top 10.

    What other analysis/updates/projects are you planning to do next?

  2. Great article! I have a question, is it the THE WALL and Moon era the biggest era of all time ? Or Michael’s Thillir era 1983-1985 or Beatles’ 1965-1969 or Celine’s 1996- 1999?

    1. Hi Skkywill!

      I’m not sure to fully understand your question, how do you define ‘era’? Are you referring to a period time-frame or a set of consecutive albums?

      1. time-frame, biggest CSPC sales during their peak time, of course, considered market size and number of album and sales., It’s hard to credit Swift’s era., but adele’s era is 2011-2012, Bad is no doubt an incredible era, but despite of how biggest Thillir is, its, era didnt last 1982—1988, but two era, Whitney as well. era credited for consecutive Year end chart run of artist’s record

  3. outstanding numbers! it is worth mentioning that they are the second artist on your list to have two 40+ million CSPC albums after Celine. Of course in their case, they almost have both their albums over 50 million which is a ridiculous result. Do you reckon any other artist of those left apart from Michael Jackson to have 2 albums generate over 40 million CSPC units (let alone 50 million!!)?

  4. time-frame, biggest CSPC sales during their peak time, of course, considered market size and number of album and sales., It’s hard to credit Swift’s era., but adele’s era is 2011-2012, Bad is no doubt an incredible era, but despite of how biggest Thillir is, its, era didnt last 1982—1988, but two era, Whitney as well. era credited for consecutive Year end chart run of artist’s records

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