CSPC: Data Collector

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Tracks Ranking – Raw sales – Physical singles

1. 1997 – Elton John for The Diana FoundationCandle in the Wind [Orphan]29,730,000
2. 1992 – Whitney HoustonI Will Always Love You [The Bodyguard]10,560,000
3. 1978 – SoundtrackYou’re the One That I Want [Grease]10,400,000
4. 1968 – BeatlesHey Jude [Orphan]8,200,000
5. 1997 – CΓ©line DionMy Heart Will Go On [Let’s Talk About Love]8,100,000
6. 1963 – BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand [Orphan]7,800,000
7. 1998 – CherBelieve [Believe]7,020,000
8. 1977 – Bee GeesStayin’ Alive [Saturday Night Fever]6,470,000
9. 1984 – Wham!Careless Whisper [Make It Big]6,290,000
10. 1975 – QueenBohemian Rhapsody [A Night at the Opera]6,090,000
11. 1979 – Pink FloydAnother Brick in the WallΒ (Part II) [The Wall]5,750,000
12. 1978 – Bee GeesToo Much Heaven [Spirits Having Flown]5,640,000
13. 1977 – Bee GeesNight Fever [Saturday Night Fever]5,520,000
14. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance [Let’s Dance]5,500,000
15. 1963 – BeatlesShe Loves You [Orphan]5,400,000
16. 1976 – ABBADancing Queen [Arrival]5,350,000
17. 1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]5,330,000
18. 1969 – BeatlesGet Back [Let It Be]5,300,000
19. 1965 – Rolling Stones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction [Out Of Our Heads]5,200,000
20. 1996 – Spice GirlsWannabe [Spice]5,050,000
20. 1979 – Bee GeesTragedy [Spirits Having Flown]5,050,000
22. 1984 – Wham!Last Christmas [Music from the Edge of Heaven]4,980,000
23. 1980 – QueenAnother One Bites the Dust [The Game]4,920,000
24. 1964 – BeatlesI Feel Fine [Orphan]4,900,000
24. 1978 – SoundtrackSummer Nights [Grease]4,900,000
26. 1977 – Bee GeesHow Deep Is Your Love [Saturday Night Fever]4,890,000
27. 1982 – Michael JacksonBillie Jean [Thriller]4,870,000
28. 1970 – BeatlesLet It Be [Let It Be]4,750,000
29. 1983 – Michael JacksonSay Say Say [Orphan]4,570,000
30. 1975 – Elton JohnDon’t Go Breaking My Heart [Rock of the Westies]4,420,000
31. 1982 – Michael JacksonBeat It [Thriller]4,410,000
32. 1965 – BeatlesHelp! [Help!]4,400,000
33. 1984 – MadonnaLike A Virgin [Like A Virgin]4,360,000
34. 1967 – BeatlesHello, Goodbye [Magical Mystery Tour]4,300,000
34. 1964 – BeatlesCan’t Buy Me Love [A Hard Day’s Night]4,300,000
36. 2001 – ShakiraWhenever, Wherever / Suerte [Laundry Service]4,200,000
37. 1978 – SoundtrackGrease [Grease]4,100,000
37. 1976 – ABBAFernando [Orphan]4,100,000
39. 1979 – ABBAChiquitita [Voulez-Vous]4,000,000
40. 1980 – QueenCrazy Little Thing Called Love [The Game]3,910,000
41. 1969 – Rolling StonesHonky Tonk Women [Let It Bleed]3,900,000
42. 1994 – Bon JoviAlways [Orphan]3,800,000
43. 1964 – BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night [A Hard Day’s Night]3,750,000
43. 1973 – Rolling StonesAngie [Goats Head Soup]3,750,000
45. 1967 – BeatlesAll You Need Is Love [Magical Mystery Tour]3,650,000
45. 1984 – Wham!Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go [Make It Big]3,650,000
47. 1999 – Christina AguileraGenie in a Bottle [Christina Aguilera]3,550,000
48. 1983 – Billy JoelUptown Girl [An Innocent Man]3,500,000
48. 1976 – EaglesHotel California [Hotel California]3,500,000
48. 1966 – BeatlesYellow Submarine [Revolver]3,500,000

146 thoughts on “CSPC: Data Collector”

  1. I really congratulate you very much for your excellent work, so perfect, meticulous, it is a really brilliant site, sincere congratulations to all three.
    I just have a question to ask:
    I just wanted to know if the artists you have updated today, then there will also be integration of YouTube video views and for some artists already analyzed such as Lady Gaga and Rolling Stones beyond YouTube integration, will be added their 2 respective albums “Joanne” and “Blue & Lonesome”!!

    1. Also do you mind pinning this article on the side bar so it is easy to access when browsing around? Maybe under the “Categories” section?

      Thanks for all your hard work! Much appreciated. Looking forward to Elvis and the Chili Peppers!

    2. Hi Kris!

      Thanks for the help πŸ™‚ Nirvana’s link is fixed, so are Lady Gaga’s figures. A widget is added to the sidebar too, “Useful Links”, with both the Data Collector and the requests’ article. Hope it helps πŸ™‚

  2. Why don’t update Katy’s sales figures?Why just use 1.5:10 ratio to update TEA?She has 6 singles with over 10m downloads WW and Teenage Dream is the best selling digital era of all time!

  3. By the way,your sales figures are pretty fake.Prism had not sold 2m in US as of 2016.It had sold 1.7m in US according to Billboard as of February this year

    1. Clearly you don’t know what a shipment means. The RIAA certified PRISM 2x Platinum before streaming was included for albums.

    2. Hi LMAO,

      There is obviously a ton of things you are unaware of in the charts & sales area. I would suggest you to learn first before claiming someone is fake. Soundscan doesn’t collect 100% of sales, especially some special offers. Prism was officially certified 2xP in the US before the inclusion of SPS, so that’s every claim under the 2 million mark which is obviously fake.

      1. If you’re counting Katy Perry’s Prism’s shipments over sales for her overall total, shouldn’t you do the same for Britney’s Femme Fatale, which you have down as having 850,000 sales even though it has a platinum certification from the RIAA for one million copies?

        1. Hi Jase!

          The case of Prism and Femme Fatale are very different. The Platinum award of Britney Spears arrived just 1 month after the release of the album, the minimum required time frame to apply for a certification. It is a clear case of an album hitting a certification with the initial shipment and then fail to reach it.

          Prism’s 2xP award was certified in mid-2015, nearly two years after the release of the album. Very few copies were still available on retailers at that point meaning that indeed 2 million copies were sold. When I built Katy’s article, I still hadn’t identify which sales were excluded by Soundscan to explain this gap between its Soundscan total and its shipment so the natural process in that case is to give it the benefit of the doubt.

          In the meantime, I identified why several albums, including Ariana Grande’s My Everything and Lorde’s Pure Heroine, had high RIAA certifications. It was due to Google Play offering them for free during one week.

          Thus I just ended to search if Prism received that promotion as well. Guess what? It did! This will be fixed when Katy’s article is updated, we also now have the reason of this discrepancy – Prism did sell over 2 million units (most likely around 2,2m giving the number of users of Google Play / results of Lorde / Ariana), but half a million of them were for free.

    3. TD and TF have simiar digital tracks sales(and TD sold more in US),check on wiki.I think there’s nearly no difference between TD’s digital tracks sales and TF’s.TF digital tracks did sold more except US,but TD sold more in US,and they have similar certified numbers,so I think WW numbers would be similar

    1. Hi Jake!

      It is the same figures, from the same date, with the new formula in order to put all acts on par. Several acts still have the old ratio for streaming, but it isn’t a relevant different since streams achieved since then make up for the gap.

  4. Pink Floyd & Michael are the two that really impress me. Michael in a way is obvious, he’s a truly global icon and the furore about his releases post Thriller was immense but Floyd, a kind of underground act in many respects, I think is more impressive, the sustained popularity of their two (maybe three) biggest albums is amazing and while I’m no fan of Celine Dion, respect to her and having two albums above 40m.

    Another two acts that impress me are The Eagles and Garth Brooks, certainly in the US, fantastic certification totals, although Garths label seems to know how to play the game well & are one of the few that are fastidious at updates.

  5. Barbra is “lost” in the list, some of other female’s stans use this list to claim fake top3, top5, top10… I think she must be above Whitney even Mariah

  6. It would also be nice if there was a page posting each screenshot of an artist’s CSPC results. Since as you said there has been 69 artists done, one doesn’t have time to read every single artist’s analysis entirely. It’s a bit tiring sometimes to scroll through each artists CSPC analysis to find their screenshot breakdown, especially if you’ve actually read it before but are just going back to look at something specific!

  7. Hi everyone!

    The singles ranking have been added earlier today, and a table of content is now available in page 2.
    A new list will be added tomorrow, so stay tuned !

  8. Hi @MJD.

    I’m just a little bit confused by the artists ranking – overall sales/CSPC.

    Rihanna’s rank has been lifted from 65M+ to 75M+ but it still has old the date of when you last updated her profile – june 2016.

    Is the jump she now made her final total, or will she even rank higher once you update her profile which is 14 months out of date. I suspect she may be over 80M by now considering her gargantuan streams (Spotify especially, YouTube)? I could be very wrong though.

    1. Hi Cara!

      The article still has the old date (June 2016) because all figures are valid as of June 2016. In all likelihood she is indeed several millions higher by now!

  9. Hey @MJD.

    This is just a general question and off topic to this particular post but who would you say are your favourite artists both male and female – top five? (Esp. of the ones you’ve done on this page). πŸ˜€

    Also, when are you going to update Rihanna and Adele’s CSPC rank? Anytime soon? πŸ˜€

    1. Hi Lennox!

      To be honest, making a Top 5 per gender wouldn’t make sense for me. My #1 female (let say PJ Harvey) would most likely not even feature inside the Top 20 male artists, so putting two Top 5s on par would be misleading more than anything. The big ones for me are Sufjan Stevens, Bowie, MJ, Prince, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Kanye West, Stevie Wonder. Among bands Radiohead, the White Stripes/Jack White, the Beach Boys. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is likely the international album I listened to the most in my lifetime while this year I streamed Kendrick Lamar’s Damn way more than anything else. I played a lot for various years some French acts too, mostly Saez and Francis Cabrel, the former one I would most likely rank him as the most talented artist out of all.

      As for updates, I’m hoping all big ones will be done before the end of the year!

  10. In regards to the #1 Albums per year page, you have Drake’s “More Life” as #1 of 2017. Shouldn’t that spot go to Ed’s “Divide”?

    1. Hi Rod!

      You are probably right about “Divide”, but Ed Sheeran has been analyzed in 2016, so we haven’t studied his last album so far.
      You can be sure it will be done in the next days/weeks!

      1. Oh okay, awesome. That’s good to know.

        I wonder if by then X will replace 1989 as the album of 2014. I love this list, it’s very interesting.

  11. I really want to see CSPC’s for Elvis Presley and Elton John now! Only these two stars can still enter the top 10 IMHO.

  12. Celine Dion’s total should be over 194m by now. And next year, she will release a new album and that would also increase the sales of her previous albums and hopefully sells another 6 million by the end of 2018 so she would reach a total of 200 million. πŸ™‚

  13. Wonderful work you have done here. As a fan of raw album sales, I was wondering if you would add a page to this of top selling artists in terms of raw albums, including compilations. Would be interesting to see how this list compares to the CSPC list. Thanks.

    1. Hi Lance!

      You’re right, this kind of list is very interesting, that’s why I’ve just added the list “Raw sales – Studio albums” in page 5!

      1. Thank you very much for the “Raw sales – Studio albums” list! It’s very interesting, really. But I’m surprised Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill isn’t on the top 100 list ?!

        1. Hi Daydreamer!

          “Jagged Little Pill” is not in this list because Alanis has not been studied for the moment. Its sales should be between 32-35m.
          Other big albums are missing for the same reason, like “Back In Black” (AC/DC), “Brothers In Arms” (Dire Strait) or “Hotel California” (The Eagles), all above 30m.

          1. Oops my bad…:-(

            Alanis Morissette has not been studied, of course. It was a momentary lapse of reason(to quote Pimk Floyd) from me.

  14. Just a small thing – if Beyonce and Destiny’s Child are combined for a single stat for Beyonce, shouldn’t Michael Jackson’s total then become some 380M+ to include J5/Jacksons stats?

  15. Where is Uptown Funk on the “TRACKS RANKING – CSPC – OVERALL SALES” list on Page 5? I’m also surprised to see Rolling in the Deep rank so low considering.

    1. Hi Geoffrey!

      The ranking on page 5 refers to top singles in terms of equivalent album sales generated. Uptown Funk sold so well as a stand-alone single because it was big, but also because it was part of a weak album. It has less than 4 million EAS.

      Rolling In The Deep is part of a big selling album, but it shares the merit with other big songs like Someone Like You and Set the Fire to the Rain, sales of 21 are spread over several songs.

  16. Hey, Rolling in the Deep is not wrong? You wrote here Rolling in the Deep has around 18kk and it was the best female selling single all the time

    1. Hi Nardo!

      Those two figures are not inconsistent:
      – 17.7m is the figure for digital singles (in units).
      – 11.23m is the figure for all sales combined (in equivalent album sales), including digital singles, streaming, a part of the studio album…

    1. Hi Pedro!

      The total for “Hips Don’t Lie” is 6.84m equivalent albums sales, so ironically its ranking is #201 πŸ™‚

  17. How do you deal with catalog tracks suddenly getting a new life?

    Take Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” for example. A hit song in 1981 it was one of many important tracks on their 1988 megaselling GH album (also “Faithfully”, “Open Arms”, “Who’s Cryin’ Now”, “Lights”, “Wheel in the Sky”, “Seperate Ways”, “Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin'” and “Anyway You Want It” )
    But since 2007 it almost seems “Don’t Stop Believin'” has been the only important track in their catalog. Especially due to the Sopranos finale, then the Glee version as well as a bunch of other covers. The Rock band video game. The Tom Cruise movie Rock of Ages. The song has been everywhere the past 10 years. Generating the lion share of GH sales and other compilation albums – and I’m sure your streaming research will reflect this. BUT, from 1988-2007 I’m not so sure the song fueled more sales than some of the other songs I mentioned above. Any thoughts on this issue?

    On a completely different subject, are exclusive streaming rights to specific artists causing problems for your CSPC? Some artists may be exclusively on Spotity or one of the other platforms.

    1. Hi Thomas!

      I actually answered this exact same question about this exact same song some time ago at SHF, here is the text πŸ™‚

      Your point is absolutely valid but the impact is much softer than you may think for various reasons:

      1) The streaming ratio on compilations is used only for that compilation part which is only 1 out of the 5 sales avenues. For the huge majority of albums, the largest sales avenue is the original album itself, so those calculations won’t impact too much.
      2) All figures are albums-axed rather than singles-axed. Thus, no matter if it is Open Arms, Don’t Stop Believin’ or Who’s Cryin’ Now, sales will be assigned to Escape. While it happens that successful singles get even bigger with time like Don’t Stop Believin’, you will rarely get a flop single / era of a successful artist suddenly getting big. If I do a CSPC analysis on Journey, I can cut Don’t Stop Believin’ streams by 2, the distribution between albums will remain almost identical.
      3) Time frame both sides. Pre-side, in general compilations get released various years after original albums covered so the appeal distribution of its tracks are already pretty established. Post-side, if streaming over last 10 years show that Don’t Stop Believin’ is being much bigger, then it is the one driving the compilation for 10 years. This means that while the track got issued 35 years ago, there is already at least 6+10 ‘valid’ years, with no flaw.
      4) Popularity evolution impacts ongoing sales. When a song suddenly gets bigger, then the compilation will also increase its sales, which will quickly soften the effect. From 1995 to 2007, Journey’s Greatest Hits only had 7 weeks Top 5 inside the Catalog Chart, it ranked there 10 or more weeks every year from 2007 to 2011 thanks to Don’t Stop Believin’
      5) Popularity changes are not as sudden as we may think. If a song takes off thanks to one TV show or so, it often got used very precisely due to its potential. You will be surprised to know that from 1998 to 2007, Don’t Stop Believin’ was aired way more in the US radio than Who’s Crying Now? and Seperate Ways combined. By week 15 of 2007, before the alleged boost, it had scanned 728,822 downloads, already the most popular pre-2000 song not by Journey but out of all artists, ahead of Eye of the Tiger. Thus, Greatest Hits has been selling on the back of that song for much longer than we can think. Most streamed tracks since 2012 for all acts were also the best selling downloads in 2004-2012 which were also the most played on radio since 1998, quite simply because airplay is responsible for everything. Playlists do not change often and when they do its because there is demand for it, which means consumers are also going to purchase the record more than for other songs.
      6) Time operates. Even if such a case happens, time will always end up linearizing it.

      Take all that into account and as mentioned, I’m sure a CSPC analysis on Journey wouldn’t have total album results vary by more than 10% if I use 2017 Spotify data or 1998 Mediabase figures. While your point is a very valid theorical case, in concrete terms this will rarely impact much.

      About specific rights, they can be an issue but we can fall back on our feats thanks to external data like the RIAA. It happened with Beyonce’s recent albums, I used BuzzAngle data to get exact streams rather than Spotify data πŸ™‚

      1. Hi MJD

        Vow! That was a thorough reply. Thank you very much 😊
        I did not know that Don’t Stop Believin’ was already the most downloaded pre-2000 song before the Sopranos. Impressive!

        Keep up the excellent work πŸ‘

  18. With the passing of Johnny Hallyday………..I’d like to see what the “French Elvis” has accomplished.

    I’ve never heard a single song of his………….but would be curious to see
    (after Rod Stewart of course {Faces/Jeff Beck})

  19. I’m been streaming music for quite some years already. Not so much on Spotify. I have a TIDAL subscription via my moblie phone (formerly WIMP).
    So it wasn’t until yesterday I found out you can see streaming figures from Spotify (thanks MJD).

    After the obvious initial joy I soon found the complications many of you are likely dealing with too.
    Some recordings/versions of a certain song might be added together, and then maybe not for another song.

    Take Whitesnake for example. Their song Here I Go Again was a 1982 hit in the UK, but was re-recorded in 1987 and became an international smash. That 87 recording was also released as a radio mix. All 3 versions are tracked seperately on Spotify (41.9m/30.6m/29.6m). Then there’s a 2008 remastered version on a compilation album (1.4m) for a total of 103.5m not counting live versions.

    Now then, same band did the same thing two years later. In 1989 they re-recorded the 1980 classic Fool For Your Lovin’. The 1980 version is included on the 2008 remastered compilation mentioned earlier. BUT these 3 versions of the song are all tracked as 1 by Spotify (5.9m).

    With the Scorpions it is the same. Their “Comeblack” album is rerecordings of their old hits (+a few new cover songs). While generally these new recordings are tracked seperately from the original versions, for some reason Rock You Like A Hurricane is not!?

    I’m not saying one way is wrong and the other is right, but I don’t understand why it’s done differently!

    Confusing.

  20. Would it be possible to extend the featured lists to include some or all of the following or any other valuable lists?

    Top Selling Albums per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Artists per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Singles per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Albums Artists (Pure & EAS)
    Top Selling Singles Artists (Pure & EAS)
    Top Selling Music Videos
    Top Selling Music Video Artists
    Most Streamed Artists
    Most Streamed Tracks

    Also, although I appreciate this might be very time consuming, could the artists that were studied earlier in the process, be updated with all the measurements that have been included subsequently?

  21. Why are BeyoncΓ© albums sales so low?
    On other websites they are higher. She is also under certified. Did you take that into account?

    1. Hi Reader123,

      All figures are educated with updated data. There is no impact from the lack of certifications. Other sites are simply not accurate.

      1. Ok thank you very much for responding. I was looking into her sales and many people were saying they were t accurate because they haven’t been recertified. Same with Janet.
        Is it possible that you could do an article explaining how recertifications may not have a big impact on album sales and how you gather your data for your figures?

  22. Hi, thanks for your amazing work. But this is list seems incomplete to me, I mean, where is Avril Lavigne? She should be part of the list with her first two albums. Then, it would be amazing to have an accurate analysis of Avril figures.

  23. You know I think The Rolling Stoned would have come in slightly ahead of Queen if they had had their results done at the same time. I think because theirs was done last year before the release of ‘Lonesome and blue’, they lost out. Don’t get me wrong I love both bands, but…

  24. At some point you have to do more artists from the early 60’s………….cuz your best selling album for the year 1962 is Bob Dylans self titled album at 1.4 million copies. lol
    (Please do Rod Stewart, Phil Collins/Genesis, Elton John and………….oh wait, Elvis was around then………….yeah, him too. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and Frank Sinatra.

    On a side note: Can you do an article on music outside of pop/rock?
    I know in the U.S. they weigh Latin music MUCH differently (Selena gets 49x platinum for selling 2.8 million albums or something like that) and maybe talk about Jazz and Classical and what would be considered a HUGE seller in those formats. I know you did it for French pop………….just curious.

    LOVE ALL THE WORK YOU DO.
    Thank you

  25. Hotel California topping the song list on page 5 made me notice that usually all of the artists biggest song is the one we expect. Eagles #1 – Hotel California, MJ #1 – Billie Jean, Celine #1 – My Heart Will Go On, Whitney – I will always love You, Bee Gees, Queen, Abba, Bon Jovi, U2 etc. all expected.

    As a AC/DC fan I can’t wait to see which is their #1. The default answer would be Back in Black of course. Their biggest spotify song on their best selling album. But is this really a no-brainer?

    BIB only cover about 41% of spotify streams from that album, whereas HTH cover 77% of that album and Thunderstruck cover a massive 84% of The Razors Edge!
    Then there’s YSMANL, the 2nd biggest on BIB. It covers just 27% of BIB, but this is the only one of the big four on Who Made Who, covering 57% of that album too.
    Never a big singles band, but BIB could quite possibly be the smaller physical single of the four!

    What do you guys think?

  26. Don Henley and Glen Frey kicked Don Felder out of the Eagles…………….and Felder wrote Hotel California…………….I love the Eagles, but BIG mistake (and slap in the face)

  27. In terms of total albums, (all types) Sales, I see 4 currently who have topped 200 million. The Beatles, I’m sure, though that page was not added for them, Micheal Jackson, Pink Floyd and Madonna. I’m assuming Elvis will be near or above Micheal Jackson also. So that is 5 over 200 million. Can you see anyone else you would possibly study who would be break this threshold in this category, or would this be the extent of it? I thought maybe Elton would be the only other one, but on another site I saw he was at 178 million. Also, was wondering if you would make this list somewhere of all the artists you have studied. Again, thanks for the great work on this site. Totally blows away the b.s. on Wikipedia.

  28. Today AC/DC’s Back in Black (the song) topped 200m plays on Spotify! And at 193m Thunderstruck is not far behind!

    Anyone else in here been working on a list of top pre-2000 songs on Spotify?

    Here’s my list so far (as of jan18 unless otherwise noted):

    1 Oasis – Wonderwall – 388m
    2 Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 378m
    3 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 355m (dec17)
    4 Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – 335m (dec17)
    5 Guns ‘N Roses – Sweet Child O Mine – 315m
    6 Michael Jackson – Billie Jean – 309m
    7 Bob Marley – Is This Love – 297m
    8 RHCP – Californication – 272m (dec17)
    9 RHCP – Under the Bridge -269m (dec17)
    10 AHA – Take On Me – 260m
    11 Toto – Africa – 251m (dec17)
    12 Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – 246m (dec17)
    13 Go Go Doll – Iris – 245m (dec17)
    14 Eagles – Hotel California – 244m (dec17)
    15 Dr Dre – Still Dre – 236m (dec17)
    16 Dr Dre – The Next Episode – 229m (dec17)
    17 Nirvana – Come as You Are – 217m (dec17)
    18 Radiohead – Creep – 216m (dec17)
    19 Queen – Another One Bites the Dust – 214m (dec17)
    20 Bon Jovi – Living on A Prayer – 214m
    21 Metallica – Enter Sandman – 212m
    22 Blink 182 – All the Small Things – 208m
    23 Queen – Under Pressure – 207m (dec17)
    24 Guns ‘N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle – 205m
    25 The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 203m
    26 CCR – Fortunate Son -203m
    27 Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing – 203m
    28 Spice Girls – Wannabe – 201m
    29 AC/DC – Back in Black – 200m
    30 Bob Marley – Three Little Birds – 199m

  29. Updated complete list, included Sweet Home Alabama.

    1 Oasis – Wonderwall – 388m
    2 Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 378m
    3 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 366m
    4 Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – 345m
    5 Guns β€˜N Roses – Sweet Child O Mine – 315m
    6 Michael Jackson – Billie Jean – 309m
    7 Bob Marley – Is This Love – 297m
    8 RHCP – Californication – 278m
    9 RHCP – Under the Bridge -275m
    10 Toto – Africa – 263m
    11 AHA – Take On Me – 260m
    12 Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – 255m
    13 Eagles – Hotel California – 252m
    14 Go Go Doll – Iris – 250m
    15 Dr Dre – Still Dre – 242m
    16 Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 238m
    17 Dr Dre – The Next Episode – 234m
    18 Nirvana – Come as You Are – 223m
    19 Radiohead – Creep – 222m
    20 Queen – Another One Bites the Dust – 221m
    21 Bon Jovi – Living on A Prayer – 214m
    22 Queen – Under Pressure – 213m
    23 Metallica – Enter Sandman – 212m
    24 Blink 182 – All the Small Things – 208m
    25 Guns β€˜N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle – 205m
    26 The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 203m
    27 CCR – Fortunate Son -203m
    28 Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing – 203m
    29 Spice Girls – Wannabe – 201m
    30 AC/DC – Back in Black – 200m
    31 Bob Marley – Three Little Birds – 199m

      1. Thanks. How could I forget the Xmas classics!?

        Mariah Carey – All I Want For Xmas is You – 319m
        Wham – Last Christmas – 221m

        Also

        Survivor – Eye of the Tiger – 236m
        R.E.M. – Losing My Religion – 212m
        The Police – Every Breath You Take – 201m

        1. A few more, all just main versions again

          Earth Wind & Fire – September: 247,544,146
          Smash Mouth – All Star: 229,815,866
          Green Day – Basket Case: 203,617,271
          TLC – No Scrubs: 199,703,756
          Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams: 207,441,478
          Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain..: 218,444,936

          1. What are the odds! While checking out the Marvin Gaye figure I found his top two tacks both stand at 218,482,000! Mountain has one very big and one very small version. Healing has 8 versions.

            Earth, Wind & Fire – September – 280m
            Smash Mouth – All Star – 234m
            Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) – 219m
            Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 218m
            Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing – 218m
            Green Day – Basket Case – 206m
            TLC – No Scrubs – 200m (just under)

    1. I compiled a similar list way back in July 2014 and U2’s With Or Without You was #8 at the time, only 10% behind of Wonderwall and Bohemian Rhapsody. It’s incredible to see it now fails to enter the top 35/40 (stands at 191m) in spite of the Joshua Tree Tour and two new albums since then. The iTunes trick backlashed them truly hard, they felt out of fashion in no time.

      Stevie Wonder’s Superstition is on 197m. Over 190m is also Van Morrison’s Brown Eyed Girl at 192m and Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing. Blackstreet’s No Diggity has 5 versions adding for 200,4 million. I Want It That Way is over 195m.

      Oh, you forgot Foo Fighers’ Everlong on 238m and Jackson 5’s I Want You Back on 204m!

  30. Thanks Martin & MJD!

    Knew some of those were close, but not all of them.

    About U2, they’re not even in the top 50 any longer!

    Here’s the “new” list, all figures updated one of the past three days.

    1 Oasis – Wonderwall – 388m
    2 Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 378m
    3 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 366m
    4 Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – 345m
    5 Mariah Carey – All I Want for Xmas is You – 319m
    6 Guns β€˜N Roses – Sweet Child O Mine – 315m
    7 Michael Jackson – Billie Jean – 309m
    8 Bob Marley – Is This Love – 297m
    9 Earth, Wind & Fire – 280m
    10 RHCP – Californication – 279m
    11 RHCP – Under the Bridge -276m
    12 Toto – Africa – 263m
    13 AHA – Take On Me – 260m
    14 Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – 255m
    15 Eagles – Hotel California – 252m
    16 Go Go Doll – Iris – 250m
    17 Dr Dre – Still Dre – 242m
    18 Foo Fighters – Everlong – 238m
    19 Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 238m
    20 Survivor – Eye of the Tiger -236m
    21 Dr Dre – The Next Episode – 234m
    22 Smash Mouth – All Star – 234m
    23 Nirvana – Come as You Are – 223m
    24 Radiohead – Creep – 222m
    25 Wham – Last Christmas – 221m
    26 Queen – Another One Bites the Dust – 221m
    27 Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of this) -219m
    28 Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 218m
    29 Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing – 218m
    30 Bon Jovi – Living on A Prayer – 214m
    31 Queen – Under Pressure – 213m
    32 R.E.M. – Losing My Religion – 212m
    33 Metallica – Enter Sandman – 212m
    34 Blink 182 – All the Small Things – 208m
    35 Green Day – Basket Case – 206m
    36 Guns β€˜N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle – 205m
    37 The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back – 205m
    38 The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 203m
    39 CCR – Fortunate Son -203m
    40 Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing – 203m
    41 TLC – No Scrubs – 202m*
    42 Spice Girls – Wannabe – 201m
    43 The Police – Every Breath You Take – 201m
    44 Blackstreet – No Diggity – 201m
    45 AC/DC – Back in Black – 200m
    __________________________________
    46 Bob Marley – Three Little Birds – 199m
    47 Stevie Wonder – Superstition – 197m
    48 Backstreet Boys – I Want it That Way – 195m
    49 AC/DC – Thunderstruck – 193m
    50 Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl – 192m
    51 Michael Jackson – Beat It – 192m
    52 Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – 192m
    53 U2 – With or Without You – 192m
    54 Metallica – Nothing Else Matters -191m
    55 Guns ‘N Roses – Paradise City – 191m
    56 RHCP – Otherside – 190m
    57 CCR – Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – 190m

    *Found another version of No Scrubs at 1874K, so easily over 200m now.

    What really stands out to me from this list is Queen. For any artist to make it to this list is an incredible achievement – to have FOUR songs on this list of 45 tracks is insane! And We Will Rock You is gonna make it five (stands at 177m).

  31. Guys, do you have any plans to do CSPC for Bing Crosby? He is considered to be the best-selling recording artist of the 20th century. He may be more successful then Elvis, Michael Jackson…etc in terms of overall CSPC units.

    1. Hi Daydreamer!

      Bing Crosby is possibly the highest selling artist ever in terms of physical singles, but in terms of CSPC units he will come nowhere near to the likes Elvis / MJ or even Elton John / Phil Collins!

      1. Sounds like you just conformed that Crosby’s “White Christmas” song is the biggest song of all time by a huge margin. πŸ™‚

  32. Just repeating a post of mine from a while back but;

    “Would it be possible to extend the featured lists to include some or all of the following or any other valuable lists?

    Top Selling Albums per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Artists per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Singles per country (Major Markets)
    Top Selling Albums Artists (Pure & EAS)
    Top Selling Singles Artists (Pure & EAS)
    Top Selling Music Videos
    Top Selling Music Video Artists
    Most Streamed Artists
    Most Streamed Tracks

    Also, although I appreciate this might be very time consuming, could the artists that were studied earlier in the process, be updated with all the measurements that have been included subsequently?”

  33. Guys, did you know which was the first million selling LP by a single artist? And who was the artist? p.s: Try to answer this question without using Google. πŸ™‚

  34. Did you guys hear Def Leppard’s catalog is finally avaible on streaming platforms. It shall be interesting to see how they perform.

    Until now there has only been some newer albums, live recordings and a few re-recorded classics. The re-recorded Pour Some Sugar(2012), Rock of Ages (2012) and Hysteria (2013) are no longer available.
    Sugar had 104,521,000 plays on Spotify, Rock of Ages had 16,893,000.
    I don’t have the number for Hysteria… Anyone got it?

  35. Here is my make shift list of the top 10 artists in terms of album sales. Most of this Data was pulled off this website, there could be a few math errors. For two the the artists I found this info on other websites and estimated. This includes Studio albums, compilations, box sets and live album. Does not include video output. Here it goes. Hope someone besides me enjoys it.

    1. The Beatles 340,990,000
    2. Micheal Jackson 235,440,000
    3. Elvis Presley 230,000,000 est.
    4. Pink Floyd 203,010,000
    5. Madanna 201,900,000
    6. Rolling Stone 196,900,000
    7. Led Zeppelin 185,500,000
    8. Elton John 180,000,000 est.
    9. Queen 179,295,000
    10. U2 167,500,00

    Close but no cigar
    Eagles 151,450,000, Celine Dion 151,720,000

    I don’t know if there is anyone I’m not thinking about who should also be in the top 10. This seems pretty close to me.

    I’ve always been an albums person. Still by them. Never bought singles, very few downloads, and very little streaming.

    Would be happy to here what MJD or the others running this website thinks of this list. You all have collected some wonderful data here. I have no idea where you get it all but glad someone is doing it accurately.

      1. Yeah, they had 4 or 5 huge albums and I think all of their albums sold well into the millions. Back and Black has got to be close to Dark Side of the Moon in sales. I hope they do them soon. Not sure on there total but it’s got to be well over 150,000,000.

        1. I think it is more around Led Zeppelin IV, say 35m-37m sales, than DSOTM’s.

          I’d say they’ve only had the one huge album, Back In Black, Highway to Hell is a good seller but not huge and that would be their second best seller.

    1. It’s really remarkable the Pink Floyd is No. 4. They started as a cult underground band, but they ended up as the second most successful group of all time behind Beatles. According to this list. The
      achievement is even bigger if we take into account they were almost a ‘faceless’ band during the seventies and eighties.

  36. I’d just like to say MJD this is a massive undertaking if you’re going to include all artists. I was thinking of bands like Pearl Jam, The Cranberries, No Doubt, Prince, Black Sabbath, Elton John and RHCP just to name a few. That top 200 you made is great to see but there are still so many other artists that will make it on there. I wish you the best of luck, you’re doing a great job!

  37. I know you have talked about how album prices vary (for example the difference in an albums price of The Beatles (quite high) to a discount rack artist like Spice Girls (quite low…..i imagine)
    But what if you did a seperate “Highest selling artists EAS with the consideration of not prices (because those can vary) but of multiple disc’s.

    For example…….Pink Floyd the Wall sells 33 million worldwide…….but if you consider it a double disc (much like the U.S.’s Riaa double album certification) we consider it selling 66 million albums. You could do that for 3 disc or 4 disc box set as well. (For example Rod Stewart Storyteller Anthology sells 500,000 in U.S. but is certified Double Platinum because someone buying a 4 C.D. box set x 500,000 = 2 Million in U.S. alone)

    I would love to see all artists with European standard of sales (like you already have) but also the American style where if it’s a double, triple, or 4 C.D. collection, each disc is counted as sales.

    This could be a seperate article (and of course explained) I think someone buying a double L.P. in the 70’s for more money or a 3 Disc box set in the 80’s ………..for more money should be shown.

    It shows the commitment of the audience to their favorite artists, and shows us (the consumer and fan) how many “discs” of each artist are sold.

    Studio albums, box sets, and compilations should all be included.

    SOme big ones that come to mind are:
    Pink Floyd The Wall
    Beatles White Album
    Beatles Blue/Red
    Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti
    Led Zeppelin Box Set (1990)
    Billy Joel Greatest Hits 1 and 2
    Bruce Springsteen The River
    Bruce Springsteen Live 1975-1985
    Queen Platinum Collection 1,2,3
    Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
    Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-1971

  38. I have updated the list of tracks with 200m + plays on spotify.
    There are 4 new entries. Bob Marley “Three Little Birds”, Stevie Wonder “Superstition”, Backstreet Boys “I Want it That Way” and AC/DC “Thunderstruck”. It’s the first entries for Stevie and BB, while Bob and AC/DC join an exclusive club of artists with multiple entries (Queen, RHCP, Dr Dre, Marvin Gaye, G’n’R, Nirvana & Michael Jackson (if you include the Jackson 5).

    Is This Love is the 8th song to pass 300 and Wonderwall will be the first to pass 400m tomorrow!!!!

    1 Oasis – Wonderwall – 400m
    2 Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ – 387m
    3 Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – 376m
    4 Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit – 354m
    5 Mariah Carey – All I Want for Xmas is You – 335m
    6 Guns β€˜N Roses – Sweet Child O Mine – 324m
    7 Michael Jackson – Billie Jean – 318m
    8 Bob Marley – Is This Love – 302m
    9 Earth, Wind & Fire – 290m
    10 RHCP – Californication – 286m
    11 RHCP – Under the Bridge -283m
    12 Toto – Africa – 273m
    13 AHA – Take On Me – 270m
    14 Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – 263m
    15 Eagles – Hotel California – 261m
    16 Go Go Doll – Iris – 258m
    17 Dr Dre – Still Dre – 249m
    18 Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama – 245m
    19 Foo Fighters – Everlong – 243m
    20 Survivor – Eye of the Tiger -241m
    21 Smash Mouth – All Star – 241m
    22 Dr Dre – The Next Episode – 239m
    23 Nirvana – Come as You Are – 229m
    24 Radiohead – Creep – 228m
    25 Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of this) -228m
    26 Queen – Another One Bites the Dust – 227m
    27 Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – 224m
    28 Wham – Last Christmas – 222m
    29 Marvin Gaye – Sexual Healing – 222m
    30 Queen – Under Pressure – 220m
    31 Bon Jovi – Living on A Prayer – 219m
    32 R.E.M. – Losing My Religion – 218m
    33 Metallica – Enter Sandman – 218m
    34 Blink 182 – All the Small Things – 213m
    35 Guns β€˜N Roses – Welcome to the Jungle – 212m
    36 Green Day – Basket Case – 210m
    37 The Jackson 5 – I Want You Back – 210m
    38 The Police – Every Breath You Take – 209m
    39 AC/DC – Back in Black – 209m
    40 Dire Straits – Sultans of Swing – 208m
    41 The Verve – Bitter Sweet Symphony – 208m
    42 CCR – Fortunate Son -208m
    43 TLC – No Scrubs – 207m
    44 Spice Girls – Wannabe – 206m
    45 Blackstreet – No Diggity – 206m
    46 Bob Marley – Three Little Birds – 204m
    47 Stevie Wonder – Superstition – 202m
    48 Backstreet Boys – I Want it That Way – 201m
    49 AC/DC – Thunderstruck – 200m
    __________________________________
    50 Rolling Stones – Paint It Black – 199m
    51 Michael Jackson – Beat It – 197m
    52 Metallica – Nothing Else Matters -197m
    53 Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – 197m
    54 Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl – 197m
    55 Guns β€˜N Roses – Paradise City – 196m
    56 CCR – Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – 196m
    57 U2 – With or Without You – 196m
    58 RHCP – Otherside – 195m
    59 AC/DC – Highway to Hell – 192m

    As you can see the Rolling Stones is finally gonna make the list in a few days with Paint It Black.

    1. Hi, where does the extra few million come for Bohemian Rhapsody? On Spotify today it says 363 million. Thanks 😊

  39. Ok, here are the top 5 most streamed albums on spotify as of today. Purely the studio albums, without outakes, single versions etc.

    1. Nirvana..Nevermind (872,693,719)
    2. Guns ‘n’ Roses..Appetite for destruction (841,965,707)
    3. Michael Jackson..Thriller (839,922,362)
    4. Red hot chili peppers..Californication (820,286,324)
    5. Dr Dre..2001 (804,936,178)

    If I’ve missed someone please let me know.

  40. It amazes me when I go on Spotify and I see different artists from the 60’s and 70’s who have hundreds of millions of streams, its an incredible achievement that that music is still being listened to today but there are only a few artists from that era who manage it. The Beatles, Queen, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and The Rolling Stones are the obvious ones but also Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doors, David Bowie and Bruce Springsteen also need to be mentioned. I think these artists are multi generational and are remaining very popular. Its also interesting to see who has the most followers. Its a great tool to look at popularity as well as Youtube. I wonder how many young artists today will be listened to in 40 or 50 years.

  41. I’m really interested to see totals by The Beach boys, The Doors, Creedence Clearwater revival, Iron Maiden, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Halen, The Who and Black Sabbath. I think they should all have some pretty good numbers.

  42. Just to confirm, before anyone gets carried away. Queen second biggest selling band ever, behind the Beatles. Wikipedia have been fooling people for years that Pink Floyd and Led Zep were the next biggest to the Beatles!!
    Queen always underrated by the music industry. At last some real figures, more accurate and proving Queen are global icons not just reliant on US sales. Queen are more popular today with younger audiences as well as some of the other older artists.

    1. Nobody is getting carried away, except maybe you by the sounds of it!

      It could possibly be the Stones that are second best. The Queen article was completed in Oct 17, whereas the Stones one was completed in Dec 16 and as such the Stones total doesn’t include figures from their Lonesome & Blue studio album, On Air BBC album and various other live albums/DVD’s, all released after the article was completed. There is also the increases of their already released & studied material.

      Either way though, there is not much in it at all.

      1. I believe, the Stones stuff you have related too hasn’t sold much overall. Queen are far enough ahead of the Stones for these extra sales not to effect there position, but hey who am I to say, the guys at Chartmasters will probably confirm this soon on next update.

        1. Blue & Lonesome I’d say had shipped between 1.5m-2m WW by Oct 17, which would be enough to take them up to or just surpass Queens Oct 17 total but there is also shipments from those other new releases, plus 10 or so months of sales & streams from their previously released material.

          Also, given that the totals on here are not truly definitive (they are as good as you’ll get though), there is room for a small margin of error, which could result in either band being slightly higher or lower than they are reported.

          I agree with your original thoughts, that Queen are the most popular catalogue band these days, certainly going by streaming figures but the Stones are certainly no slouches in this area either and also have some very impressive figures.

  43. The link I put up yesterday is fascinating and holds many surprises if you’re a statistics geek like me!
    The most popular pre 2000 artists on youtube are not quite as obvious as you might think. The most popular is Celine Dion. From what I can find ‘My heart will go on’, is also the most streamed song on Youtube in that era, clocking in 1.719 billion streams. The date only goes back to September 1st 2014!!!
    There is a graph that you can use to see how the daily, weekly, monthly and annual streams have been doing and what direction they have been taking. For example David Bowie’s death saw a massive spike in his streams, with Taylor Swift you can see a spike from where her new album came out and so on. You can also filter the location, both city and country all over the world.
    The other interesting thing is the streaming numbers on here dwarf what is on Spotify. For example, Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody has been streamed 942 million times since September 1st 2014, however on Spotify its only been streamed 367 million times. This is the case with most artists, I thought the figures were pretty equal but I was wrong.
    What is also surprising is how the Beatles streaming on Youtube crashed a couple of years back, which is in line with when their streaming took off on Spotify, which explains why they are doing so well now on that site and gives a slightly uneven angle on how popular they really are right now.
    After Michael Jackson, Celine Dion and Metallica right now the most popular artists are Phil Collins and Pink Floyd, however over the last few years Queen consistently have posted better numbers, especially in the case of Phil Collins who for some reason has suddenly started to become popular on Youtube.
    I’m also surprised how few streams Led Zeppelin get but that may be because their videos are pretty dull as much as I love them. U2 and Madonna are disappointing as well.
    If you add all the streaming figures of Spotify and Youtube then I’m pretty sure that Michael Jackson comes in at number 1 with ease followed by Celine Dion and Queen on similar numbers.
    Finally Julio Iglesias has been streamed 156 million times on Youtube in the last month. Thats more than Queen or Pink Floyd. Get that.

    1. Hi ND!

      Yes YouTube Insights’ is a Gold mine! I have been using it for a couple of years for my estimates as when you use it cleverly, with proportions, it tells you which markets are good or bad for every artist, including throughout Asia and Latin America! The strong drop of the Beatles from the day when they were made available at Spotify is what convinced me of the need to include YouTube views too. Drake’s One Dance became at some point the most streamed song ever on Spotify in good part thanks to its exclusion from YT. MHWGO does indeed wonders as you mention, although overall Celine Dion isn’t the leading one, it is MJ πŸ˜‰ she is a very solid runner up!…

      … as long as we speak about international artists only. There is tons of Indian singers beating them easily. Udit Narayan for example has 953m streams in the last month. From Mexico, Vicente FernΓ‘ndez and Juan Gabriel also top all international stars except MJ while Roberto Carlos is only topped by MJ / Celine!

      1. MJD hi, I did notice the numbers in India but I didn’t bother mentioning them as it was just too complex and a market that I really know nothing about. I suppose India’s population, along with Pakistan, Bangladesh and all the other countries that have Indian people living and lovers of Indian music are going to create massive numbers.
        One thing I found interesting is there is nothing for China, are there any really big Chinese artists that would have similar numbers?

  44. What are the other big albums of the 00’s that are yet to be studied ?
    Evanescence – Fallen
    Dido – No angel
    Dido – Life for rent
    James Blunt – Back to Bedlam
    The Killers – Hot fuss
    Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the way

    1. Hi Rell!

      Some other albums are missing:
      50 Cent – Get Rich Or Die Tryin’
      50 Cent – The Massacre
      Creed – Weathered
      Enya – A Day Without Rain
      Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway
      Nelly – Country Grammar
      Sade – Lovers Rock
      Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream

      All of them should have sold more than 8 millions copies πŸ˜‰

      1. Thanks ! I was thinking about those who had sold more than 12million copies so that they can enter the top 200. Maybe Green Day’s Boulevard of Broken Dreams ?

  45. Since my post two weeks ago, five more songs have joined the pre-2000 200m club, and two others are very close πŸ™‚

    50 Rolling Stones – Paint It Black – 203m
    51 Michael Jackson – Beat It – 201m
    52 Metallica – Nothing Else Matters -201m
    53 Aerosmith – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing – 200m
    54 CCR – Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – 200m
    __________________________________
    55 Guns β€˜N Roses – Paradise City – 199.9m
    56 Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl – 199.7m

    It’s the first entry for legendary rockers The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. It will be the first for Van Morrison too in a few days. But it’s the 2nd entry for CCR, Metallica and MJ (solo career). In fact The Black Album and Thriller join a very exclusive club of just 5 albums with 2 songs on this list, the other 3 are Nevermind, Dr. Dre’s 2001 and Appetite for Destruction. Tomorrow Paradise City will actually become the THIRD song on the list from AFD. The only album with 3 songs on the list!!! Next in line for that incredible achievement is still quite far away. (Dr. Dre’s 2001, 3rd song at 160.6m).

  46. Hey guys, are you able to make it so the artist list on page 16 is hyperlinks to their pages again?
    Or maybe add the alphabetical list to the side bar on the main page so it’s easier to find links to everyone. Thx

  47. The Youtube insights monitor that shows you the lists of most popular songs by artists, doesn’t work properly. A couple of examples are Aerosmith’s ‘Cryin’ is mixed up with ‘Love in an elevator, but the big one is Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’, its completely wrong. Its apparently only had 32 million streams but if you research this, you’ll see its got more than 20 times that and should be her most successful song on Youtube. It makes me wonder about how accurate this is. I’ve found other things that don’t add up either.

    1. Hi ND!

      YouTube insights works fine but with its limitations. It started in September 2014, so all views before that date are ignored. Whitney passed away in 2012 so she got streamed like crazy at that time, especially since there was almost no Spotify back then. Also, videos need to have the proper code inserted on their tags to be linked accurately, some channels may have it wrong which corrupts the data.

      At Chartmasters, we do not use Insights statistics for YouTube views since we count additional versions of songs plus because we also want pre-2014 views. It is used as a rough info about the popularity of artists in some regions, this is still a huge source for that.

      1. MJD thanks, I struggle to understand what the codes are and how this all works. So how do you then collect the streaming data? I guess that makes sense since streaming was around for quite a few years before 2014. It blows my mind how popular ‘Eye of the tiger’ is.

  48. Sorry if this is irrelevant to this thread. But I just looked at Meat Loaf’s spotify streams. And they’re stunning for all the wrong reasons…

    Bat Out of Hell is one of the biggest albums of all time, and it used be a massive catalog seller, at least in the 90s. So I was expecting high streams, but it’s total streams is 81.9m, with the biggest track, Paradise By the Dashboard Light, at 26.7m. Not that bad but much less than expected.

    But here’s the thing. He has 12 studio album. 7 of them fail to have a single track at 1m streams! The total streams for those albums are 11.2m – 1.6m average for each album! Worst of all his most recent album Braver Than We Are, released in 2016 in the streaming age, total just 1.03m – 103k average each song…

    In total all 12 albums deliver just 16 songs at 1m+ streams. 14 of those are from the 3 Bat Out of Hell albums. The 2 exceptions being Dead Ringer for Love (15.7m) and I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth) (3m).

    His biggest song is obviously I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) from Bat II at 42.5m – that’s more than all 9 non-Bat albums combined…

  49. Great list but… Are these numbers worldwide sales? Where’s Robbie Williams? He has sold over 70 or 80 millions albums, maybe 60.

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