Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
The River (1980) – 705,000 equivalent albums
Hungry Heart – 1,590,000
The River – 70,000
Fade Away – 500,000
Hungry Heart 95 – 30,000
Other Singles – 160,000
Nebraska (1982) – 15,000 equivalent albums
Atlantic City – 30,000
Open All Night – 20,000
Born in the U.S.A. (1984) – 2,808,000 equivalent albums
Born in the U.S.A. – 1,470,000
Cover Me – 1,340,000
I’m on Fire – 860,000
I’m Goin’ Down – 610,000
Glory Days – 1,000,000
Dancing in the Dark – 3,070,000
My Hometown – 1,010,000
As earlier singles became cult classics, in latter years, and since the Born in the U.S.A. era became so much bigger, it is almost a surprise to see that Hungry Heart was the real breakthrough hit of Springsteen. It was his first entry in the UK chart, although it reached a modest #44, while reaching #5 in the US, his first Top 10 smash in his home country.
If The River era produced more than 2 million singles sales, it was Born in the U.S.A. that smashed everything before it. Five of its singles topped 1 million sales, I’m On Fire is under the mark only because of the single being the B-Side of Born in the U.S.A. in the UK. The title track isn’t the reason for this monster success, though. It was Dancing In The Dark. This song was a Top 5 smash everywhere, selling over 3 million units. In the US, it was blocked from the number one spit, spending 4 weeks at #2, 3 of which behind Prince‘s classic hit When Doves Cry.
As incredible as it seems, while Born in the U.S.A. tied the still-standing record of 7 Top 10 Billboard hits from Michael Jackson‘s Thriller, none of its songs reached the top, nor in the UK! Nevertheless, it’s 9 million plus singles sales are absolutely amazing.