CSPC: Cranberries Popularity Analysis

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Cranberries CAREER CSPC RESULTS

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Cranberries 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 No Need to Argue released in digital format sold the equivalent of 570,000 albums – 3,800,000 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)

The popularity of a band may disappear with time, but the numbers remain to testify to what happened in the past. From a 2018 perspective it may be difficult to believe that the Cranberries were once the biggest band on Earth. Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? cracks the 10 million barrier in terms of overall equivalent album sales generated.

The follow up album No Need to Argue achieved a milestone even more impressive – 20 million units. It currently stands at 21,3 million to be exact, making it one of the biggest rock albums of the 90s.

The decreasing success is evident in the numbers for To the Faithful Departed and Bury the Hatchet but they still reach 10 million cumulatively. Wake up bombed while Roses was a non-event.

In total, the Cranberries are up to 44,5 million equivalent album sales. While they started stronger than Oasis they are now lying 14 million behind. The band remains ahead of successful bands like the Foo Fighters.

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.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

10 thoughts on “CSPC: Cranberries Popularity Analysis”

  1. Hello. You have different numbers for the “Roses” album in the breakdown and summary pages (140k and 160k). Just thought I should point that out.

  2. Thank you very much! How much were they popular in Ireland ? I heard they sold huge amounts of records back in the day. How do they rank among Ireland’s most popular acts and singers ?

    1. I belive the U2 and Enya must be more popular in Ireland than Cranberries. Then, I’m not sure about Van Morrison, Sinéad O’Connor, Thin Lizzy.. But of course that’s just my guess and I don’t know for sure.

    2. I have heard that the Irish and British are very big huge fans of rock songs. I guess they must have done very well there too.

  3. I heard the Cranberries were massively boycotted by british radios when their third record came out in order to promote british rock bands instead. That would explain why their sales in the UK are not that big.

  4. He has seven consecutive No. 1 US albums, and 58 Billboard Top 40 singles, 27 Top 10, four No. 2 and nine No. 1. For 31 consecutive years (1970–2000) he had at least one song in the Billboard Hot 100.

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