CSPC: Bob Dylan Popularity Analysis

Like a rolling stone

PART II – Struggles & Orphan

Saved (1980) – 30,000  equivalent albums

All Singles – 100,000

Shot Of Love (1981) – 30,000  equivalent albums

All Singles – 100,000

Infidels (1983) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Sweetheart like You – 200,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Empire Burlesque (1985) – 60,000 equivalent albums

Tight Connection to my Heart – 150,000
When the Night Comes Falling from the Sky – 50,000

Knocked Out Loaded (1986) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Got My Mind Made Up – 50,000

Down in the Groove (1988) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Silvio – 50,000

Oh Mercy (1989) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Everything Is Broken – 50,000

Under the Red Sky (1990) – 9,000 equivalent albums

Unbelievable – 30,000

Time Out of Mind (1997) – 15,000 equivalent albums

All Singles – 50,000

Orphan Album – 786,000 equivalent albums

Positively 4th Street – 900,000
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? –
Watching the River Flow – 
George Jackson – 
Most Likely You Go Your Way –
Rita May –
Dignity –
Things Have Changed –
Remaining Singles – 300,000

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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 »