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CSPC: Elton John Popularity Analysis
Records & Achievements
At an estimated 29,730,000 units sold, Something About the Way You Look Tonight / Candle in the Wind 1997 is the greatest selling physical single of all-time. It holds the record in various countries including the UK, Canada, Australia and Germany.
Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was the first album ever to debut at #1 in the US on charts dated June 7, 1975. He reproduced the feat with Rock of the Westies on November 8, 1975.
From July 14, 1972 to November 8, 1975, Elton John accumulated 7 US #1 albums.
At 30 years, Elton John has the longest streak of calendar years with at least one Top 40 hit inside the US Hot 100, from 1970 to 1999.
At 17,025,000 units, Greatest Hits is the highest selling solo compilation ever in the US, although Bob Marley‘s Legend is poised to top it during the next few years.
1990’s compilation The Very Best Of is the second highest selling album ever that wasn’t released in the US.
At 129,340,000 million equivalent album sales from his 70s records, Elton John is the most successful solo artist from this decade, forth overall.
At 31,350,000 equivalent album sales, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is the second most successful album from 1973.
At 20,020,000 equivalent album sales, Elton John is among the Top 5 most successful albums from 1970.
At 18,940,000 equivalent album sales, Your Song is the most successful song from 1970.