CSPC: Fleetwood Mac Popularity Analysis

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Digital Singles Sales

No need to say Fleetwood Mac hey-days weren’t marked by digital sales as iTunes was launched more than 15 years after the band last successful album. The question then is how enduring is the appeal of their past hits. Since Rumours and their compilations are impressive catalog sellers, it comes as no surprise to see their digital sales being pretty healthy too.

Moving more than 17 million digital singles in the US alone, the group is up to 32 million singles sold overall. Incredibly, Rumours songs are responsible for almost half of that tally. Their leading hit is 1977 single Go Your Own Way although several songs follow it quite closely.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac (1968) – 60,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 400,000

Mr. Wonderful (1968) – 53,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 350,000

Then Play On (1969) – 15,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 100,000

Kiln House (1970) – 3,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 20,000

Future Games (1971) – 0 equivalent albums

Not available digitally.

Bare Trees (1972) – 0 equivalent albums

Not available digitally.

Penguin (1973) – 0 equivalent albums

Not available digitally.

Mystery To Me (1973) – 0 equivalent albums

Not available digitally.

Heroes Are Hard To Find (1974) – 8,000 equivalent albums

Not available digitally except Angel, 50,000.

Fleetwood Mac (1975) – 825,000 equivalent albums

Over My Head – 200,000
Rhiannon – 1,500,000
Say You Love Me – 300,000
Landslide – 2,900,000
Remaining Tracks – 600,000

Rumours (1977) – 2,250,000 equivalent albums

Go Your Own Way – 4,400,000
Don’t Stop – 1,000,000
Dreams – 3,100,000
You Make Loving Fun – 700,000
The Chain – 2,100,000
Songbird – 700,000
Never Going Back Again – 1,200,000
Second Hand News – 500,000
Gold Dust Woman – 400,000
I Don’t Want To Know – 200,000
Oh Daddy – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 500,000

Tusk (1979) – 240,000  equivalent albums

Tusk – 400,000
Sara – 650,000
Think About Me – 75,000
Sisters Of The Moon – 75,000
Remaining Tracks – 400,000

Mirage (1982) – 188,000  equivalent albums

Hold Me – 200,000
Gypsy – 800,000
Love In Store – 50,000
Oh Diane – 50,000
Remaining Tracks – 150,000

Tango In The Night (1987) – 810,000  equivalent albums

Big Love – 400,000
Seven Wonders – 500,000
Little Lies – 1,300,000
Family Man – 100,000
Everywhere – 2,700,000
Remaining Tracks – 400,000

Behind The Mask (1990) – 15,000  equivalent albums

All Tracks – 100,000

Time (1995) – 8,000  equivalent albums

All Tracks – 50,000

Say You Will (2003) – 75,000  equivalent albums

All Tracks – 500,000

Orphan Album – 255,000  equivalent albums

Black Magic Woman – 250,000
Need Your Love So Bad – 100,000
Albatross – 400,000
Man Of The World – 75,000
Oh Well – 50,000
The Green Manalashi – 25,000
As Long As You Follow – 100,000
Remaining Tracks – 700,000

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Mike

My first time on this site. Not arguing, just curious. How is it most lists I view online have Rumours at 50M copies, and this list is well under 40M?

Martin

Because none of those lists have actually dissected Rumours sales, to see if it actually could have sold 50m, they just regurgitate record company press releases, which are always overstated, either due to their wording being misleading or using dubious and undehanded counting methods.

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jeff

Hi MJD,
Guardians of the Galaxy has propelled Chains to popularity and the volume 2 mix tape album is still selling great. Just wondering how u going to credit it to Fleetwood? Like if e album sells 500k, how much album eq u gg to credit to them?

Sinny

I was wondering where you got some of this sales data. Some albums, like Fleetwood Mac (1968), Penguin, Heroes are Hard to Find, Fleetwood Mac (1975), Tusk, and Mirage seem to have higher sales than expected. You list Heroes at 1,000,000 units in the US, yet it hasn’t received a certification.

Anthony Blanchard

Hi Guillaume!
Can you please post the detail per country for Fleetwood Mac’s Greatest Hits?
Thank you very much in advance!
Tony

James

This is fantastic and very accurate. Can this be done for Stevie Nicks please?

Teresa Turner

Not as well known as Abba or The Police? Lol!!!!!! Be real!!!

Teresa Turner

Highly unlikely? Well, what is your study based on? Lol! I’m not putting down Abba or The Police but cmon? I don’t even know the names of the people in Abba! I bet all these countries have heard of let’s say for instance, STEVIE NICKS? Just saying. Then they would of course associate her with the band Fleetwood Mac.

Innocent Eyes

Errr I’m also from France and most people definately don’t know who Fleetwood Mac are, let alone Stevie Nicks. Everybody knows Abba and The Police though.

Teresa Turner

OK Thank You 😁

Gus

I am from Argentina. ABBA was super massive here. My mother was a big fan in the 70s (she bought some albums)… If I ask her about Fleedwood Mac… she would say: “What is that?”
MJD is completely right about that.

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!!

Your articles and your detailed analysis are always fantastic, even for Fleetwood Mac, really compliments, I visit your site every day to see if there are new artists analyzed, I hope you analyze as soon as the Fab Four (The Beatles), I’m a big fan of the four legendary musicians from Liverpool !!!

anthony

Hi dear MJD !!! Thank you for answering me. I also believe that The Beatles are still the first artists to have sold more records than all, in fact, in your old website that was “fan of music” you show in your graph that six albums of The Beatles were present in the top 100 best-selling albums of all time. Albums that were present The Beatles 1, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Abbey Road, 1962-1966 (The Red Album), 1967-1970 (The Blue Album), The Beatles (White Album). I hope that by the end of October you realize CSPC analysis of… Read more »

Raffi

Nice work again MJD! Quite a big number for a band who is often considered a one-album wonder!

By the way, MJD, you made a slight (probably irrelevant) mistakes on page 20. Firstly, the release year for Tango in the Night says 1977, but it should be 1987. Moreover, on Orphan albums, those singles add up to 4,3m, so the album equivalent should be 1,29m, 60K less than what you’ve typed.

Looking forward for your next post!

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