CSPC Battle: 1975 Monster Rock Albums

QueenA Night At The Opera


It may seem surprising to see A Night At The Opera at the same level of the other albums of this study as it is Queen classic album, while the other four are all second to some other album or even lower in the artists respective discographies.

This album obviously includes the juggernaut Bohemian Rhapsody, one of the very biggest hits of all-time. You’re My Best Friend is also a notable hit, Love Of My Life too is quite a decent hit.

Not only the band 1980 Greatest Hits album sold well over 30 million, it did so with 26% of its attractiveness coming from A Night At The Opera singles. Adding most of the other full length records issued with its songs – some more are missing, including local releases but are nearly impossible to track – bring a gigantic cumulative tally of 18,25 million full length records sold thanks to the 1975 studio album.

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Very interesting article! Strong result from Queen topping Floyd!

One question. Did you include Run DMC’s 1986 cover version of Walk This Way in your Spotify analysis? I know it featured Steven Tyler and Joe Perry as guests on vocals/guitars, but one could argue it is an orphan track in the Aerosmith catalog. The cover does not appear on either Toys in the Attic (1975) or Greatest Hits (1980). It does appear on latter compilations like Essential Aerosmith, along with the original version of the song.

Regards, Thomas


Thanks! The only thing I’m not sure about, for future battles, is if there is any possible formula to wigtht the way some discographies are structured. You made that point several times about Pink Floyd not releasing a truly official compilation until 2001 (just like Metallica or AC/DC not releasing one ever), and therefore benefitting from more spread sales given that all their essential songs were split in various albums. That was opposed to what the likes of Michael Jackson or Queen did where you could own all the vital songs with 1-2 compilation. Basically, Queen and Michael Jackson are… Read more »


Spotify is a vital part of any sales work at the moment. I must admit I wasn’t sure when you first mentioned how it makes things easier in several aspects, I think I didn’t get it. But now I realize it is probably a purer way to calculate popularity and compare different acts, and in this case not just for how they structured their catalogue but also when acts come from different eras, were huge in different parts of the world, their discographies have a different size, etc. All that doesn’t matter much with Spotify and similar. Which is very… Read more »


Thank you, Guillaume!

I understand why it took so long, the most difficult part is, of course, checking the Spotify’s numbers and calculate the percentages. I wish it was easier to do that.

And course, proud that Queen won the battle, haha.