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” is most collected record of 1962 in whole world. (Discogs). (33801 copies
and( reissues 265 times). 1962-2022 year. It is 60 years. And Chartmasters say it is sold 1,2 million worldwide . It is staple record for many fans and it is very good record, of course. What Chartmasters say about that.


Hei. When this Dylan analysis was done in 2016, i think that Discogs wasn’t in use yet. Dylan first album “Bob Dylan” was released in 1962 and it is the 12th most collected of his albums with 33000 collected and 260 reissues, estimated sales was put 1,2 million copies pure sales. Probably sales can be near 3 millions. 1994-2013 (9 year period) it got silver award from UK, can assume 0,3-0,5 million sold in UK. — And Japan special editions. Since 1970 for Christmas every year, usually valuable double album with artwork exclusive to Japan made by Sony. These albums… Read more »


Interesting thing. Bob Dylan is only living person in world on whom his own museum been built. There are only 6 artists in Europe (no USA) with their own museum. El Salvador, Van Gogh, Picasso…. Dylan museum opened in May. 29000 m2, three stairs. It is located Tulsa town, Oklahoma, far from the roaring. Money is not saved. And let’s say, Dylan is glorious painter. Some say he is most important artist all time. Time magazine chose 100 most important person in last century. Bob Dylan was one and Beatles another. No other musicians. Einstein was most important. But Dylan… Read more »


Bob Dylan 81 year 24.5. By the way he is oldest (living) artist on this site.
Never ending tour ended because the corona 2019. 8.6. 1988-2019, 31 years, 3066 concerts, makes average 99 concerts every year. Total gross little over billion (with inflate about 1, 5 billion). Pollstar registered 1200 concerts, audience size average 5600, grossing 347000 per concert. 3066 x 347000 is over billion. I ordered from Pollstar information. It was low budget tour. 3 buses, persons, my estimate 20.
Last year started new world tour 2021-2014. Rough and Rowdy ways world tour.


Bob Dylan biggest track is now Like a rolling stone 16 815,000. Ten songs over 10 million EAS.

Anthony Blanchard

Oh that’s strange, in the previous message only 4 songs were over 10m EAS. Maybe some millions were sold in a few minutes?
I am very, VERY curious to see your methodoly, if you have one. Maybe it is the case, maybe not and you write random figures?

Last edited 10 months ago by Anthony Blanchard
Johnny be Good

What are Bob Dylan’s biggest tracks?

Anthony Blanchard

Hi Johnny be Good! Here are the 15 biggest tracks of Bob Dylan (in Equivalent Album Sales): 1. 1965 – Like a Rolling Stone [Highway 61 Revisited] – 14,220,000 2. 1964 – The Times They Are a-Changin’ [The Times They Are a-Changin’] – 9,210,000 3. 1975 – Hurricane [Desire] – 7,790,000 4. 1973 – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door [Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid] – 6,730,000 5. 1969 – Lay Lady Lay [Nashville Skyline] – 6,580,000 6. 1963 – Blowin’ in the Wind [The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan] – 4,530,000 7. 1965 – Mr. Tambourine Man [Bringing It All Back Home]… Read more »


Moi Anthony. Now Like a rolling stone is up 17, 815,000 and rest songs are differs…


Moi Anthony. New list. Like a rolling stone 16 815.000. Four songs was over ten million.

Anthony Blanchard

Hello Mikko! Our results are differents. How did you calculate yours? In my case, I took the values from the article and add the EAS gained since then. Then, I tried to put the new stream values instead the old one in my files in order to calculate the new share of each song in each album/compil/live/box and it seems. Results are a bit different compared to a simple addition of new streams since the article but: – “Like a Rolling Stone” is still under 14.5m EAS – It is the only Dylan track to reach the 10m EAS milestone.… Read more »


I don’t know, but it was MJD new all time, and every year forward 1965 like a rolling stone, 16.815.000 it was third from 1965 album EAS.

Anthony Blanchard

“Highway 61 Revisited” (the album) has cumulated 16.815m EAS since its release in 1965. “Like a Rolling Stone” (the song) has reached 14.220m EAS.


Ok. Thanks.


Ok. That’s it. One question yet. Original CSPC Dylan wasn’t at all in France so popular.


Hei, Dylan’s 1962 album is swept the way from all time
charts, raw sales and eas sales. Before album was best selling that year 1962.

I asked same thing before, but without answer.
I think it would be correct question.
Same thing is happened before.
Italian most popular singles 1970s foreign artist. And year 1976 “Hurricane” by Dylan was second collected single after Santana’s “Europe “.
And couple other things is without answer.


Hi MJD. Recently Bob sold his catalogue to Universal Music Group for 300 million dollars. My question is, is it a wise move by UMG. I mean Dylan is doing well streaming wise for a 60s act. But his streaming isnt record breaking either. I understand how some investors wanted to invest in somebody’s catalogue like Taylor Swift whose streaming are really record breaking. But for Bob Dylan is it even worth investing that much. Probably in the next few decades his streaming is going to shrink a lot as well after many of his fans died. No disrespect to… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by Jazz

It was 400 m dollars, i mean that deal wìth Universal. You know Dylan is cultural person. He won most prestigious award Nobel prize literature. , all academic prizes. Oscar, Pulitzer and so on. Dylan music sales is good, most covered artist of all. And royalties per year $15-20 millions. 20 million x 20 year is 400 $ m. This is formula which it is calculated. Open business. And he still own his master recordings. Worth 300-400 $ million. And next year will open Bob Dylan Center. Oklahoma Tulsa. 4000 m2, three floors. No Wonderland. I thing MJD didn’t know… Read more »


I wrote in the wrong place again. Ok. That’s it. One question yet. Original CSPC Dylan was’t all in France so popular, maybe 1960s. Why change?


Bob Dylan turns today 80 year. Never-ending tour stopped cause Corona pandemic. Tour started 8.6.1988 and stopped or interrupted 11/2019, 31 years and 3062 concerts. In meanwhile Dylan made new record, Rough ways. Dylan is now focused on his art hobby and promoted his Heavens Door whiskey. Whiskey has recieved 25 global awards. It’s big business. Dylan is also businessman. Bob Dylan center (museum) opens 2022 in Oklahoma, Tulsa town. Dylan birthday is really well recieved around the world. Dylan himself no longer gets money for his songs, because they are sold to Universal company. It is known that bootleg… Read more »