CSPC: Bob Dylan Popularity Analysis

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Original Album Sales – Comments

1962 Bob Dylan – 1,200,000
1963 The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan – 4,200,000
1964 The Times They Are a-Changin’ – 2,800,000
1964 Another Side of Bob Dylan – 1,700,000
1965 Bringing It All Back Home – 3,800,000
1965 Highway 61 Revisited – 5,000,000
1966 Blonde on Blonde – 5,100,000
1967 John Wesley Harding – 3,200,000
1969 Nashville Skyline – 3,800,000
1970 Self Portrait – 1,800,000
1970 New Morning – 2,200,000
1973 Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – 2,000,000
1973 Dylan – 900,000
1974 Planet Waves – 2,400,000
1975 Blood on the Tracks – 6,800,000
1975 The Basement Tapes – 1,800,000
1976 Desire – 7,700,000
1978 Street Legal – 3,200,000
1979 Slow Train Coming – 3,600,000
1980 Saved – 1,300,000
1981 Shot of Love – 1,100,000
1983 Infidels – 2,000,000
1985 Empire Burlesque – 1,100,000
1986 Knocked Out Loaded – 800,000
1988 Down in the Groove – 650,000
1989 Oh Mercy – 1,400,000
1990 Under the Red Sky – 900,000
1992 Good as I Been to You – 800,000
1993 World Gone Wrong – 500,000
1997 Time Out of Mind – 2,200,000
2001 Love and Theft – 1,800,000
2006 Modern Times – 2,450,000
2009 Together Through Life – 1,050,000
2009 Christmas in the Heart – 550,000
2012 Tempest – 850,000
2015 Shadows in the Night – 450,000
2016 Fallen Angels – 250,000

Some 37 albums, some 83,35 million units sold. Every LP from his first 24 sold at least 1 million units, all except 1973 Dylan which was actually a collection of outtakes not validated by the artist himself. Bob Dylan never had a studio album crushing the 10 million mark though, far from that as his highest selling LP remains Desire at 7,7 million.

Don’t get it wrong though, the legendary lyricist has been highly successful. From 1964 to 1966, only three artists managed to retain the #1 position in the UK Album chart along with Sound Of Music soundtrack, those artists were the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan who had two back to back chart toppers. During the Beatles era from 1963 to 1970, the longest running #1 artist album was also from Bob Dylan as his 1968 John Wesley Harding led for 13 weeks. In the second half of the 60s he had eight Top 10 albums in the US while latter both Planet Waves and Desire were one month #1 records. This last album was an unbelievable 23 weeks at the top in Spain, but also 8 weeks in the Netherlands, while smashing too in France or Italy. In spite of starting after his best years in 1968, Norwegian charts saw the unreal total of 40 Dylan albums reach the Top 10, while even his bootlegs are hitting #1 in Sweden.

All those facts highlight one key element which is that the artist 1963 to 1975 cult albums haven’t truly big sales only due to the very low market of that time. As a trademark of that situation, despite 16 Top 20 albums including 12 Top 10 / 6 Top 5 / 2 #1s, none of the artist albums up to 1975 reached 1 million units within’ their first two years on charts. Since, extraordinary catalog sales made those records reach 3-5-7 million copies sold in spite of sales spread over countless records.

Speaking of that incredibly large catalog, it obviously creates a favorable background for greatest hits packages. Thus, don’t let it go here as there is much, much more coming within’ the next pages.

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An old Dylan fan asks. How to react to Dylan complete collection where the total production of 47 CD also on vinyl. Publication 2013 price about 470 euros or so. If the collection has sold 100000 copies, then 4,7 million records have been sold and the price per copy is 10 euros. Cutting edge Limited edition (5000 pcs) cost 599 euros. Now Discogs is selling it for roughly 1000 euros. Probably starts from the idea that Dylan fans are already old (me too) and may have more money to buy these and other expencive stuff. And Nobel status is also… Read more »


50th anniversary album chart from Spain. Called “superventas LPs”. From 1st of April 1969 to March 2019. TOP ALBUM ARTISTS (points system) 1 Joan Manuel Serrat 2 Julio Iglesias 3 BOB DYLAN 6 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN 7 BEATLES 10 QUEEN 12 Rolling Stones 15 Elton John 17 Madonna 18 Eric Clapton 21 Michael Jackson 25 Santana 26 Iron maiden 27 David Bowie 32 Pink Floyd 34 U2 35 Rod Stewart 36 Bee Gees ……. No Elvis Presley. But Spaniards like Dylan and Bruce. Live success is also at the same level. Queen is said to have sold 6,67 milloin albums in… Read more »


Dylan was 56 years old when he wrote The song “Make you feel my love”. First Billy Joel made his own version, then Garth Brooks his own. The song was The theme song in The movie “Hope Floats” and The soundtrack had 2 version of it. The other was sung by Thrisha Yearwood. The song was number one on The country chart performed Brooks. 2008 Adele made her own version and IS sure The most popular with over 500 milloin streams. The song is a modern era standard. Dylan’s creative season was 1965-66, when he made his best albums of… Read more »


Bob Dylan along with Keith Secor or rather separately wrote one of The best-selling country song in the world. Song called “Wagon wheel” singing by Darius Rucker. Originally Dylan made A song back in 1973 called “Rock me mama”. Dylan wasn’t happy and left song. Much later a Guy named Keith Secor heard it from The bootleg and made words into IT and now Rucker version 8 x Platinum RIAA and Secor version 2 x Platinum. The best selling country song is the “Cruise” from the band Florida Georgia Line. Funny, Dylan threw The song just to go. IT says… Read more »


One year has passed again. Bob Dylan turns 79 year 24.5 2020. A large portion of musician have died prematurely. Drug addictions, prescription drugs and so on. Elvis, Hendrix, Morrison, M. Jackson, big 27 club, Cobain… Dylan has been allowed to live to a mature old age. Bob likes to drink whiskey and it has been great addition to his voice. Dylan IS still working a full Power, 80-90 concerts per year around The world. New record IS coming and IT seems that IT may be one of his best. Huge creativity and hard work. Finally President Barack Obama sums… Read more »


Bob Dylan 78 year today and still going strong. Never ending tour continue. Nobel Prize literature Winner. Dylan did not to go to getThe Prize so he called Committee when he was on Sweden . The were so glad when they saw Dylan alive. Dylan doesnt need Nobel but Nobel needs Dylan. Bob Dylan IS at his own level. Living Genius, real Artist, no entertainer.


Bob Dylan 150 million CSPC. Covers knock heavens door by guns n roses, Eric Clapton and others, over 20 million EAS. Make you feel my love, Adele, Brooks almost 10 million. All along the watchtower by Hendrix 15-18 million EAS. (my estimate). Elvis, U2, Rolling Stones, Billy Joel..All covers and cover albums 70-80 million EAS. TOGETHER 220-230 million. Nobel prize winner, books, songbooks and books about Dylan, 1000 different books about Bob. Sorry bad language.


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Hi dear MJD !!!

more and congratulations for the web site.
Then it is very beautiful analysis for Bob Dylan, is very detailed even with the various live and many bootleg, you really are a very great scholarly and studious of these great artists (singers and groups). this week I hope you analyze some famous group that I mentioned to you earlier, they are (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Queen etc.), of course the four groups I mentioned I hope you analyze for first Fab Four (The Beatles).


He is no doubt a great singer and song-writer!I can,t wait to read posts about another great jewish artist and of of Columbia’s Bs- Barbra Streisand

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