Data collector – Most Streamed Catalog Albums (pre-2000)

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One week ago, the CSPC analysis of Oasis has been published. Their cult album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? has posted very strong results in streaming. The list added today in the Data Collector refers to this performance. How does it rank among deep catalog albums?

Please keep in mind some artists with strong results in this format hasn’t been studied so far, e.g. the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey or Dr. Dre. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles. All figures represent Worldwide streams.

Reminder of the formula

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = 212/132 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750

Albums Ranking – Streaming (EAS) – Catalog (before 2000)

1. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind1,007,000
2. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller993,000
3. 1995 – Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?762,000
4. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus695,000
5. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction668,000
6. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad662,000
7. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours625,000
8. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica570,000
9. 1975 – QueenA Night at the Opera544,000
10. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall527,000
11. 1978 – Bob MarleyKaya512,000
12. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet485,000
13. 1997 – Foo FightersThe Colour and the Shape424,000
14. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree416,000
15. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon392,000
16. 1980 – Bob MarleyUprising370,000
17. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous364,000
18. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero360,000
19. 1978 – QueenJazz359,000
20. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.348,000
20. 1977 – QueenNews of the World348,000
22. 1980 – QueenThe Game342,000
23. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium338,000
24. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall313,000
25. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas312,000
26. 1994 – Green DayDookie309,000
27. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard305,000
28. 1999 – EminemThe Slim Shady LP299,000
29. 1969 – Rolling StonesLet It Bleed294,000
30. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV291,000
31. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future280,000
32. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big274,000
33. 1972 – David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars268,000
34. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I267,000
35. 1997 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet’s Back265,000
36. 1966 – Rolling StonesAftermath261,000
37. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever259,000
38. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here255,000
38. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over255,000
40. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall241,000
41. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease240,000
41. 1969 – BeatlesAbbey Road240,000
43. 1982 – QueenHot Space239,000
44. 1974 – Bob MarleyNatty Dread237,000
44. 1984 – QueenThe Works237,000
46. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II232,000
47. 1969 – Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5227,000
48. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time225,000
48. 1971 – David BowieHunky Dory225,000
50. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance217,000

39 thoughts on “Data collector – Most Streamed Catalog Albums (pre-2000)”

  1. Incredible to see the Beatles with so few albums and a band like Queen just slaying it.
    Makes me wonder if 50 years from now, will Beatles still be #1?

    1. Hi Nathan!

      In all fairness, the Beatles’ article is older than the one of Queen and their catalog arrived on Spotify later than the remaining acts, although the impact isn’t that big by now since streams got so much bigger lately!

      1. Dan. Lol. Queen is not even nearly as big as The Beatles at their peak. The Beatles released all of their albums pre 1970. Back then the music market was very2 small. Even big stars such as Barbra Streisand would be lucky to sell 3,4 million per album. Queen had a much longer career than Beatles and they produced albums all the way through the 90s. During the 80s and 90s the music market was booming and they definitely benefited from that. Having said that their total album sales is still almost half as small as the Beatles. I dont know about Queen nor Beatles sales in Europe. Maybe Queen is bigger there. But all throughout the whole world Queen sales is not even comparable to the beatles.

        1. Fix. Lol. Lets try math, shall we?
          The Beatles have a HUGE lead in the US (168,27 million vs 44,44 million) – 123.83m gap.
          Worldwide: 405,737,000 – 238,637,000 = 167,100,000
          As you can see, America is mostly responsible for the big lead (on anyone, not just Queen).

          1. As I have said. The Beatles released most of their albums pre 1970s. Back when album sales were pathetic. For them to achieve 70 million ++ album sales back then is like selling 200 million records in the 80s-90s when the market really boom, in which Queen did made a lot of albums during these 2 decades. Therefore Queen is in no way bigger than the Beatles.

          2. Hi Fix,

            I saw nobody claiming that Queen is “bigger than the Beatles”.

            We can’t simply say that “their 70m were like 200m later”, for several big reasons:
            1) Well, first, because they haven’t sold 70m albums during the 60s, I haven’t the exact number in mind right now but it is more like 40-50m.
            2) Had the Beatles sold 200m during their first decade by starting later, they would have sold much less compilations / reissues of CDs in later years, so you can’t add those supposed sales without taking off the part they gained thanks to those low 60s sales
            3) Had the Beatles started 10 years later, they would have sold more albums but also way, way less singles.
            4) Had the Beatles started 10 years later, they would have got 10 less years to sell.
            5) Had the Beatles started 10 years later, they would have share TV / Radio / Promotion times / budgets with many more artists, considerably limiting their initial impact.

            For artists that had their legacy settled for decades, the CSPC formula provides a very good picture of their respective popularity. Advantages / disadvantages of formats / markets have for long been linearized over their multiple records. It is correct to say that the Beatles are much bigger than Queen in the US, just like it is correct to say that Queen are fairly close to the Beatles elsewhere.

          3. I completely disagree with that statement. The Beatles had:
            1) not too much competition. Yeah, there were the Stones, The Who and a few others, but The Beatles ruled the charts. There was no one and nothing like them at the time.
            The 70s were far harder to penetrate, you had to face LZ, Pink Floyd, RS, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Elton John, Aerosmith and TONS of other artists.
            2) What you’re saying about the 60s/80s sales proportions sounds like nonsense. The Beatles started 10 years+ earlier, hence they had 10+ more years to sell records.
            For example, the White Album sold over 3.3 million copies to stores within the first four days of the album’s release. That’s in the US alone, 1968. That’s more than entire album runs of some of the Stones albums, released in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

  2. Michael Jackson’s consistent success remains bloody unbelievable. Even with a peak as high as Thriller’s his other works all seem to still do remarkably well.

  3. How come the Backstreet Boys have two albums with more streams than Shania’s COO ? What happened ? Neither of the two has had hits in 15 years, but Shania’s album was much bigger and her songs are more played on the radio than those of the BSB.

  4. Great! This is the kind of list I really like!
    I know it’s impossible to have all figures updated at all times, but how about adding dates, like in the “ARTISTS RANKING – CSPC – OVERALL SALES” list? It’s only fair to point out that figures for Oasis and Bob Marley are recent, while others like U2 and Led Zep are rather old.

    1. Yes, the tracks from Led Zeppelin IV are now on 364,126,969 Spotify streams, which equates to 584,809,981 comprehensive streams and approximately 160m Youtube views, which together give it an EAS total of 403,335 (389,873 + 13,462) . Led Zeppelin II is now on 263,678,040 CS and approx 110m Youtube views and 291,693 EAS.

  5. Yesterday I actually compiled a list of pre 2000 albums from various different artists that should all be on this list. The reality is that this list should look totally different. At the moment its dominated by Michael Jackson, Queen and Bob Marley but in reality these artists wouldn’t dominate the top 50 the way they have here. It is dominated by rock music but there are a few rap artists and a little pop music. To qualify the total streams needed to be over 220 million.

  6. Here is the list I made. I’m sure there are albums that have been left out but I’d be happy for any others you may have to create a top 100. 🙂
    1. Red hot chili peppers – Californication – 775,906,197
    2. 2Pac – All Eyez on me – 557,921,997
    3. Notorious B.I.G – Life after death – 468,778,805
    4. AC/DC – Back in black – 436,947,038
    5. Red hot chili peppers – Blood, sugar, sex, magik – 436,947,038
    6. Journey – Escape- 430,941,277
    7. Pearl jam – Ten – 378,884,225
    8. Offspring – American – 362,726,117
    9. Goo goo dolls – Dizzy up the girl – 338,915,306
    10. The Eagles – Hotel California – 323,551,483
    11. Radiohead – OK computer – 322,426,770
    12. Toto – IV – 317,418,774
    13. Rage against the machine – Rage against the machine – 315,773,389
    14. Creedence clearwater revival – Willy and the poor boys – 314,653,965
    15. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate starfish – 307,648,414
    16. N.W.A – Straight outta Compton – 307,191,806
    17. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman – 293,406,989
    18. The Verve – Urban Hymns – 287,954,426
    19. Black Sabbath – Paranoid – 284,629,794
    20. Smashing pumpkins – Mellon collie and the infinite sadness – 284,586,699
    21. Dire Straits – Brothers in arms – 226,911,951
    22. Spice girls – Spice – 263,350,761
    23. Aha – Hunting high and low – 261,961,607
    24. Jimi Hendrix experience – Are you experienced? -259,980,500
    25. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second coming – 259,874062
    26. R.E.M – Out of time – 255,590,205
    27. Notorious B.I.G – Ready to die – 252,237,478
    28. Cyndi Lauper – She’s so unusual – 250,373,155
    29. Fugees – The Score – 245,643,812
    30. Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over troubled water – 243,020,916
    31. Lauryn Hill – The miseducation of – 242,499,499
    32. Survivor – The eye of the tiger – 236,124,404
    33. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland – 234,650,299
    34. Weezer – The blue album – 230,603,628
    35. Dire straits – Dire straits – 226,911,951
    36. The Police – Synchronicity – 222,298,910
    37. AC/DC – Highway to hell – 219,138,917
    38. The Cranberries – No need to argue – 217,501,890

    1. Hi, a couple of mistakes. AC/DC – Back in black is at 438,728,247, I’ve marked it down as the same as RHCP’s – BSSM. Also Dire straits – Brothers in arms is at 275,827,416, the total I’ve put up here is for their 1st album. Apologies. These numbers were all as off yesterday.

    2. Ok, so I’ve redone the list. Its a total of 40 albums that would fit inside the top 50 already posted. Some surprises here for sure!

      1. Red hot chili peppers – Californication – 775,906,197
      2. 2Pac – All Eyez on me – 557,921,997
      3. Blink 182 – Enema of the state – 520,974,385
      4. Notorious B.I.G – Life after death – 468,778,805
      5. AC/DC – Back in black – 438,728,247
      6. Red hot chili peppers – Blood, sugar, sex, magik – 436,947,038
      7. Journey – Escape- 430,941,277
      8. Pearl jam – Ten – 378,884,225
      9. Offspring – Americana – 362,726,117
      10. Goo goo dolls – Dizzy up the girl – 338,915,306
      11. The Eagles – Hotel California – 323,551,483
      12. Radiohead – OK Computer – 322,426,770
      13. Toto – IV – 317,418,774
      14. Rage against the machine – Rage against the machine – 315,773,389
      15. Creedence clearwater revival – Willy and the poor boys – 314,653,965
      16. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate starfish – 307,648,414
      17. N.W.A – Straight outta Compton – 307,191,806
      18. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman – 293,406,989
      19. The Verve – Urban Hymns – 287,954,426
      20. Black Sabbath – Paranoid – 284,629,794
      21. Smashing pumpkins – Mellon collie and the infinite sadness – 284,586,699
      22. Dire Straits – Brothers in arms – 275,827,416
      23. Spice girls – Spice – 263,350,761
      24. Aha – Hunting high and low – 261,961,607
      25. Jimi Hendrix experience – Are you experienced? -259,980,500
      26. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Second coming – 259,874,062
      27. R.E.M – Out of time – 255,590,205
      28. Notorious B.I.G – Ready to die – 252,237,478
      29. Cyndi Lauper – She’s so unusual – 250,373,155
      30. Fugees – The Score – 245,643,812
      31. Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge over troubled water – 243,020,916
      32. Lauryn Hill – The miseducation of – 242,499,499
      33. Survivor – The eye of the tiger – 236,124,404
      34. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland – 234,650,299
      35. Weezer – The blue album – 230,603,628
      36. Dire straits – Dire straits – 226,911,951
      37. The Police – Synchronicity – 222,298,910
      38. AC/DC – Highway to hell – 219,138,917
      39. No doubt – Tragic Kingdom – 218,251,290.
      40. The Cranberries – No need to argue – 217,501,89

      1. Wow thanks for that^^^

        To look at these lists one has to understand that they will never be 100 percent accurate. The more artists that get added to the CSPC list will mean that there are always more and more acts with outdated numbers. Plus there are SO many acts to cover, especially the “one album wonder” acts that might not get covered for quite some time. Either was I found these lists interesting

      2. Hi Nuclear Dolphin!

        A small comment on figures from the article: they refer to equivalent album sales rather than Spotify streams. A total of 217,5 million streams is worth 232,880 EAS. Then, the article also includes YouTube.

        Thanks for the list! A lot of expected albums here, and albums that would make a very good playlist for sure. I take it you used streams as listed inside the album only, not compiling also the additional versions of each song available? I would expect an album like Talking Book to be there elseway, United too. The list really shows streaming isn’t urban music oriented, it is all about who consumes music that way. When we filter on people who stream “classic” music, we can see Rock albums in full force too.

  7. MJD hi, yes those figures are straight forward streams from the albums. Lots of artists with just 1 album, like Blink 182 such a massive total, who would have thought? I guess then the numbers would be even higher then. I just find it interesting what people are listening to these days from decades ago, a lot of massive artists that are not on the list like Elton John, Prince, Madonna, Aerosmith and only 1 Beatles album. It’s predominately rock based that seems to be popular but there are no new rock bands pulling in the numbers which I find strange. Anyway, I now see what a major task it is trying to pull all this information together. Thanks Kris also.

    1. Yes it is a massive task, we can all thanks Anthony for this amazing work!

      As for new rock bands, the Arctic Monkeys are fairly solid. Five Finger Death Punch, Disturbed, the XX and the Black Keys have some strong records too although they lack big hits. Then of course Imagine Dragons are insanely popular.

  8. Great list Nuclear Dolphin!

    You should add Dr. Dre 2001 (1999) and Radiohead Pablo Honey (1992).

    I’m sure you know, but using straight forward streams from albums has it’s limitations. A track like Nirvana’s All Apologies has about 18 mio plays from In Utero, but more than 48 mio plays in total. I’m sure there are many other examples.

    1. TC hi, you’re right about Nirvana. Its funny I just did the streaming total for ‘Live unplugged’ and the streams just from that album are 299,934,867 and Sublimes self titled album from 1996 is at 456,905,344. So I guess those totals would actually be a lot higher. Dr Dre’s 2001 album which I didn’t put on the list because I thought it was released in 2001 is actually at 921,473,864, which is unbelievable. Pablo honey is at 247,450,382.

      1. Dre’s figures are outstanding. When I see results of 2001 or All Eyez on Me I always think about Beck’s Odelay. This is a very good album for sure, but it still always amazes me to see people that blindly repeat critics’ choices put this album as the absolute 90s classic behind OK Computer, when All Eyez On Me, released the same year, tops it in every possible point of view. Bigger upon release, much larger lasting appeal, better rated relatively to their respective genres, much stronger impact on the culture of its time, more relevant / influent for the music industry. The same goes for 2001.

        NB: Make Yourself by Incubus may make your list and Slipknot debut is close.

  9. “16. Limp Bizkit – Chocolate starfish – 307,648,414”

    Starfish is from October 2000, so not really before 2000.
    Like Hybrid Theory btw. Released one week later that album would probably rank high on this list if valid!

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