CSPC: Bob Dylan Popularity Analysis

Dylan, Bob - Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window ?- D - 1966

Physical Singles Sales

The US, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Japan, Italy… fact is, if you wanna get a #1 Single by Bob Dylan, you may spend an awful lot of time searching for it as in all those countries he never did it. His best years came when the single was the main format yet, thus even average hits were equal to significant sales. In total, he sold more than 17 million physical singles, most of them during the 60s.

Some notable albums are missing from below list like Another Side Of Bob Dylan, quite simply because no single came out from this record.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.


The Times They Are A-Changin'(1964)-60,000 equivalent albums

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – 200,000

Bringing It All Back Home (1965) – 210,000 equivalent albums

Subterranean Homesick Blues – 600,000
Maggie’s Farm – 100,000

Highway 61 Revisited (1965) – 555,000 equivalent albums

Like a Rolling Stone – 1,800,000
Highway 61 Revisited – 50,000

Blonde on Blonde (1966) – 952,500 equivalent albums

One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later) – 125,000
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – 1,800,000
I Want You – 700,000
Just Like a Woman – 400,000
Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat – 150,000

John Wesley Harding (1967) – 60,000 equivalent albums

All Singles – 200,000

Nashville Skyline (1969) – 600,000 equivalent albums

I Threw It All Away – 200,000
Lay Lady Lay – 1,600,000
Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here with You – 200,000

Self Portrait (1970) – 240,000 equivalent albums

Wigwam – 750,000
Forget More Than You’ll Ever Know – 50,000

New Morning (1970) – 30,000 equivalent albums

If Not For You – 100,000

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973) – 345,000 equivalent albums

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – 1,150,000

Dylan (1973) – 60,000 equivalent albums

A Fool Such as I – 200,000

Planet Waves (1974) – 120,000 equivalent albums

On a Night Like This – 300,000
Something There Is About You – 100,000

Blood on the Tracks (1975) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Tangled Up in Blue – 300,000

Desire (1976) – 360,000 equivalent albums

Hurricane – 1,000,000
Mozambique – 200,000

Street-Legal (1978) – 165,000 equivalent albums

Is Your Love in Vain – 50,000
Baby, Stop Crying – 250,000
Changing of the Guards – 250,000

Slow Train Coming (1979) – 390,000 equivalent albums

Gotta Serve Somebody – 700,000
Man Gave Names to All the Animals – 500,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

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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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