CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis

My Heart Will Go On

CSPC OVERALL SALES – Tracks Ranking

1 1997 Céline DionMy Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love] – 36,370,000
2 1992 Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard] – 33,620,000
3 1977 Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever] – 31,460,000
4 1975 QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night At The Opera] – 26,270,000
5 1971 Led ZeppelinStairway To Heaven [Led Zeppelin IV] – 26,120,000
6 1976 ABBADancing Queen [Arrival] – 24,300,000
7 1987 U2With Or Without You [The Joshua Tree] – 23,140,000
8 1986 Bon JoviLivin’ on a Prayer [Slippery When Wet] – 23,110,000
9 1975 Pink FloydWish You Were Here [Wish You Were Here] – 22,260,000
10 1996 Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice] – 20,550,000
11 1987 Whitney HoustonI Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) [Whitney] – 19,630,000
12 1977 Fleetwood MacGo Your Own Way [Rumours] – 19,320,000
13 1989 MadonnaLike A Prayer [Like A Prayer] – 18,550,000
14 1999 Backstreet BoysI Want It That Way [Millennium] – 18,160,000
15 1999 Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time] – 17,920,000
16 1978 SoundtrackYou’re the One That I Want [Grease] – 17,590,000
17 1991 NirvanaSmells Like Teen Spirit [Nevermind] – 17,330,000
18 1987 Guns N RosesSweet Child O’Mine [Appetite For Destruction] – 17,250,000
19 1975 AerosmithWalk This Way [Toys In The Attic] – 16,970,000
20 1983 U2Sunday Bloody Sunday [War] – 16,720,000
21 1979 Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall] – 16,700,000
22 1986 Bon JoviYou Give Love a Bad Name [Slippery When Wet] – 16,360,000
23 1996 Céline DionBecause You Loved Me [Falling Into You] – 16,180,000
24 2015 AdeleHello [25] – 15,730,000
25 1963 BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand [Orphan] – 15,670,000
26 1977 Bee GeesHow Deep Is Your Love [Saturday Night Fever] – 15,500,000
27 1966 Rolling StonesPaint It Black [Aftermath] – 15,370,000
28 1970 BeatlesLet It Be [Let It Be] – 15,320,000
29 1984 MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin] – 15,210,000
30 1973 Billy JoelPiano Man [Piano Man] – 14,860,000
31 1998 CherBelieve [Believe] – 14,850,000
32 1975 ABBAMamma Mia [ABBA] – 14,810,000
33 1984 Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. [Born in the U.S.A.] – 14,800,000
34 1965 Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads] – 14,630,000
35 1997 Backstreet BoysEverybody (Backstreet’s Back) [Backstreet’s Back] – 14,610,000
35 1991 U2One [Achtung Baby] – 14,610,000
37 1969 Led ZeppelinWhole Lotta Love [Led Zeppelin II] – 14,560,000
38 2000 U2Beautiful Day [All That You Can’t Leave Behind] – 14,550,000
39 1977 Fleetwood MacDreams [Rumours] – 14,430,000
40 2002 EminemLose Yourself [8 Mile] – 14,170,000
41 1986 MadonnaLa Isla Bonita [True Blue] – 14,160,000
42 1973 Pink FloydMoney [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 14,130,000
43 1993 Mariah CareyHero [Music Box] – 14,070,000
44 1965 Bob DylanLike a Rolling Stone [Highway 61 Revisited] – 13,910,000
45 1991 NirvanaCome As You Are [Nevermind] – 13,880,000
46 1983 Billy JoelUptown Girl [An Innocent Man] – 13,840,000
47 1994 Mariah CareyAll I Want for Christmas Is You [Merry Christmas] – 13,710,000
48 1981 Rolling StonesStart Me Up [Tattoo You] – 13,570,000
49 1984 Bruce SpringsteenDancing in the Dark [Born in the U.S.A.] – 13,530,000
50 1987 U2I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For [The Joshua Tree] – 13,250,000
51 1997 Shania TwainMan! I Feel Like a Woman! [Come On Over] – 13,230,000
52 1984 George Michael & Wham!Careless Whisper [Make It Big] – 13,110,000
53 1993 Céline DionThe Power of Love [The Colour Of My Love] – 13,010,000
54 1965 BeatlesYesterday [Help!] – 12,860,000
55 1969 BeatlesCome Together [Abbey Road] – 12,810,000
56 1994 Green DayBasket Case [Dookie] – 12,790,000
57 1991 MetallicaEnter Sandman [Metallica] – 12,690,000
58 1984 MadonnaMaterial Girl [Like A Virgin] – 12,550,000
59 1968 Rolling StonesSympathy For The Devil [Beggars Banquet] – 12,260,000
60 2000 Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again [Oops!… I Did It Again] – 12,250,000
61 1996 Céline DionIt’s All Coming Back to Me Now [Falling Into You] – 12,210,000
62 1995 Mariah CareyAlways Be My Baby [Daydream] – 12,120,000
63 2000 Linkin ParkIn The End [Hybrid Theory] – 12,040,000
64 1968 BeatlesHey Jude [Orphan] – 12,010,000
65 1987 George Michael & Wham!Faith [Faith] – 11,890,000
65 1990 MadonnaVogue [I’m Breathless] – 11,790,000
67 1978 Rolling StonesBeast Of Burden [Some Girls] – 11,780,000
68 1991 Guns N RosesNovember Rain [Use Your Illusion I] – 11,660,000
69 1991 MetallicaNothing Else Matters [Metallica] – 11,580,000
70 1992 Whitney HoustonI Have Nothing [The Bodyguard] – 11,570,000
71 1993 Mariah CareyWithout You [Music Box] – 11,390,000
72 1969 BeatlesHere Comes the Sun [Abbey Road] – 11,370,000
73 1985 Whitney HoustonHow Will I Know [Whitney Houston] – 11,350,000
74 1987 Guns N RosesParadise City [Appetite For Destruction] – 11,220,000
75 1975 Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run [Born to Run] – 11,100,000
76 2001 NickelbackHow You Remind Me [Silver Side Up] – 11,080,000
77 1963 BeatlesLove Me Do [Please Please Me] – 11,020,000
78 1991 Guns N RosesKnockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Use Your Illusion II] – 10,960,000
79 1987 Guns N RosesWelcome To The Jungle [Appetite For Destruction] – 10,910,000
80 1987 Fleetwood MacEverywhere [Tango In The Night] – 10,800,000
81 2000 Bon JoviIt’s My Life [Crush] – 10,770,000
82 1979 Pink FloydComfortably Numb [The Wall] – 10,740,000
83 1973 Rolling StonesAngie [Goats Head Soup] – 10,680,000
84 1984 George Michael & Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [Make It Big] – 10,670,000
85 2011 AdeleRolling in the Deep [21] – 10,350,000
86 1993 Janet JacksonThat’s the Way Love Goes [Janet] – 10,320,000
87 1997 Shania TwainYou’re Still the One [Come On Over] – 10,260,000
88 1995 Mariah CareyFantasy [Daydream] – 10,210,000
89 1971 Led ZeppelinBlack Dog [Led Zeppelin IV] – 10,000,000
90 1964 BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night [A Hard Day’s Night] – 9,800,000
91 1977 Bee GeesNight Fever [Saturday Night Fever] – 9,780,000
92 1963 BeatlesTwist and Shout [Please Please Me] – 9,760,000
93 1977 ABBATake a Chance on Me [The Album] – 9,720,000
94 1997 Shania TwainThat Don’t Impress Me Much [Come On Over] – 9,650,000
95 2001 Alicia KeysFallin’ [Songs in A Minor] – 9,620,000
96 2000 EminemThe Real Slim Shady [The Marshall Mathers LP] – 9,530,000
97 1988 MetallicaOne […And Justice For All] – 9,440,000
97 1971 Rolling StonesBrown Sugar [Sticky Fingers] – 9,440,000
99 1969 Led ZeppelinGood Times Bad Times [Led Zeppelin I] – 9,360,000
100 1969 Rolling StonesGimme Shelter [Let It Bleed] – 9,350,000

415 1979 ABBAVoulez-Vous [Voulez-Vous] – 3,150,000
416 1978 Rolling StonesMiss You [Some Girls] – 3,140,000
416 1982 Bruce SpringsteenAtlantic City [Nebraska] – 3,140,000
416 1966 BeatlesPaperback Writer [Orphan] – 3,140,000
416 2008 Taylor SwiftYou Belong with Me [Fearless] – 3,140,000
420 2006 High School MusicalBreaking Free [High School Musical] – 3,130,000
420 1975 Bob DylanTangled Up in Blue [Blood on the Tracks] – 3,130,000
422 1991 MetallicaWherever I May Roam [Metallica] – 3,110,000
422 1987 Bruce SpringsteenBrilliant Disguise [Tunnel of Love] – 3,110,000
424 2000 Backstreet BoysThe Call [Black & Blue] – 3,100,000
425 1977 ABBAThe Name of the Game [The Album] – 3,090,000

4 thoughts on “CSPC: High School Musical Popularity Analysis”

  1. Thank you for doing this! I was just wondering, was the fourth movie (spin-off) “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” that much of a flop in terms of sales?

  2. Hi MJD!

    I have to say, this is a very interesting read. The 3 soundtracks show similarities to both Frozen soundtrack (Disney movies) and teen acts (eg. Miley, Justin)

    Firstly, the HSM soundtracks sold impressively well in South America, just like 1D did. I remember you saying that that particular region has a large influence from visuals and imagery, hence artists with TV shows or movies sell bucketloads there (Whitney with Bodyguard, Miley Cyrus)

    Another thing similar is what you mentioned, download sales linear for the entire tracklist.

    Finally, a comment about the HSM trilogy sucess: while 25m+ for 3 albums in 3 years is impressive, there was no denying the project was becoming less and less successful, with the last project at barely 5m. Another thing is that album sales are the main provider for their CSPC sales. They achieved tremendous numbers in that format, but underperformed in other formats, the most disappointing one are downloads, as those 3 albums were released when the download market was still healthy.

    Still, the first project was quite successful, matching the success of mega albums of the same period (eg. B’day by Beyonce, Loose by Nelly Furtado, Futuresex/Lovesounds by JT). The 2nd project was also a decent follow up, though highly front loaded compared to its predecessor, as album sales only added 0,3m for the former in their first year, while the first one added a nice 3m after its first year.

    Can you give us any hints on who will be up next for analysis? Thanks and keep uo the good work you all!

  3. Hey! I’ve been browsing your popularity analysis for a while, and I have a question to make. It seems that you’re using the formula of 1500 streams = 1 album sale, but isn’t that a method used only in the USA? For example, if a song has 500,000,000 total streams, it is unrealistic to assume 100% of them are based on the USA to apply this formula to reflect on total album sales, especially that the streaming data seemingly are private and are sent exclusively to Billboard (in the USA).

    If that’s not the case, I hope you can elaborate as I’m confused on your usage of the formula :).

    1. Hi Alfonso!

      I’m not sure to really understand your question. The streaming method is not supposed at all to concern the US only, in fact all streaming numbers are global. Both Spotify and YouTube provide streams of their audio/video tracks.

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