CSPC Battle: 1975 Monster Rock Albums

Full Lenght related records Sales

AerosmithToys In The Attic 

Following table lists all relevant records which contain tracks originally released on Toys In The Attic 1975 album. Green records are Live albums, grey ones are Compilations while orange items are Music Videos, with all formats considered (VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray etc.).


How to understand this table? If you check for example Greatest Hits line, those figures mean the 1980 compilation sold 13 million units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all songs included on this package add for nearly 190 million streaming plays on Spotify as of May 6th 2016.

The third column showing 105 million represents the number of streaming plays on Spotify by songs of Toys In The Attic featured on Greatest Hits compilation. This 10-tracks hits package indeed contains both Sweet Emotion and Walk This Way which are two of the three main attraction on the record along with 1971 single Dream On. Thus, streaming figures tell us Toys In The Attic songs are responsible for 55% of the Greatest Hits tracklist attractiveness, which means it generated almost 7,2 million of its 13 million sales.

Using the same method for all those records concludes on a massive 13,6 million full lenght records sold on the back of Toys In The Attic, more than what the album sold by itself. This highlights how much of an error it is to focus solely on the original album results.

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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.