Queen CAREER CSPC RESULTS
So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Queen achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from A Night at the Opera released in digital format sold the equivalent of 1,553,000 albums – 10,350,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.
As a reminder:
- Studio Album: sales of the original album
- Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
- Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
- Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
- Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)
With a table containing 16 lines and 5 columns of sales figures, that’s 80 numbers! Nearly all of them are impressive. We rarely see such consistency both over the years and in different formats. Queen are nowhere the leaders, but they are the dark horse everywhere. In the end, once combining everything, their results are incredible.
We start with 3 relatively average albums, Queen, Queen 2 and Flash Gordon. Even those relatively weak LPs are around 4 million, a highly respectable tally. Then come Sheer Heart Attack, The Miracle and Made In Heaven all in the 8,5 million to 11 million range. They are truly good figures for anyone. However they are still sub-par material for the British band.
With A Kind of Magic, A Day at the Races and Innuendo, all in the 13-14 million area, we get into high waters. Those are albums big enough to be the career highs of many widely famous stars.
Jazz is 18,6 million. The strong current appeal of Don’t Stop Me Now grants it a lot of equivalent album sales from streams, so it is only a matter of time before it crosses the 20 million plateau.
Already over that level are as many as 5 albums. Hot Space is the most shocking result out of all albums we studied so far. This 2,9 million selling LP, widely regarded as the flop of their career, fueled more than 21,4 million album sales in total. A real insanity.
We raise the bar even more to meet News of the World and The Game, both at 29 million. Those are superb numbers, even more for 9-million selling albums. Their pure album sales prevent them from being mentioned among the very top sellers ever, a category on which they definitely belong as we evidenced.
Unsurprisingly, the leader is A Night of the Opera. Home of Bohemian Rhapsody, it couldn’t have been otherwise. This album is the biggest set that have been released in 1975 with more than 35 million equivalent album sales.
In total, Queen sold 238,6 million equivalent album sales. We started wondering where the band would land, suggesting they would be in the same ballpark as a group like U2 which are on 194,5 million. The question was about Queen topping or not Led Zeppelin at 200,5 million, they did it. It was hard to seriously consider them crushing Pink Floyd who stand at 229,4 million, they did it too. The Rolling Stones were out of reach at 237,1 million. They have been topped too. In fact, as amazing as it seems, they fell a mere 2,4 million short of pushing down no other than Madonna. Considering their never ending appeal, even if the Queen of Pop continues to release albums, Queen are poised to dislodge her in the near future. Wow!
The following pages list their most successful songs as well as their records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.