CSPC: Linkin Park Popularity Analysis

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UPDATE: This post will remain featured for a week in tribute to the band’s lead singer, Chester Bennington, who passed away today, July 20, 2017. May he rest in peace.

Please note all figures have been updated as of June 3, 2017.

The band Linkin Park were a huge part of the musical landscape during the 00s. In recent years, the hype slowed down but their newly issued album One More Light proved there is still a fan base for them around the world.

Music acts in the middle of the road are often the most difficult to evaluate success-wise. For veterans, the situation has been is clear for a long time as decades of catalog sales settled their position among their peers. For new artists, you only need to turn on the radio to know who’s hot. However, artists with careers that started 10 to 20 years ago don’t belong to any of these categories.

So, where do Linkin Park stand in the all-time list of most successful bands? Are they on the scale of the Gorillaz?, (who’s sales stand around 20 million equivalent album sales) or on the level of Guns N’ Roses? ( with sales well past 100 million?) Or do they stand somewhere between these pair?

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge their results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all of Linkin Park‘s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine their true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the figures.

Let’s go!

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Why does he have to? There are billions of people who never got fame, who had bigger problems and have a rougher life…

My favorite rock band.

Rest in peace Chester. 🙁


It is tragic that the singer hung himself.
May he rest in peace.

I will add, that as you have JUST finished assessing LINKIN PARKS sales
we have a rare opportunity to see how a band/artists sales shift at the untimely death of the main member.

Please keep us updated.

Once again………a moment of silence for Chester………one of the best of the past 20 years


C’mon, give us Queen! Pretty please? I know it’s a lot of work, with a million albums, singles, videos and compilations, but pretty please?


Great Job! 😀


I’m sorry again for disorde dear friend MJD, but I’d be really curious to know when you analyzed the Beatles, also because many sites say that is the best selling album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band while others say that apart the collection the Beatles 1 (ONE), is the biggest selling album Abbey Road. Sorry again for the insistence, but I hope you will answer me !!!




So would this make Coldplay the best selling band of the 21st century so far and Linkin Park the 2nd best selling band of this century?


Amazing job! I hope to see Linkin Park return to form on their upcoming album which is due for early 2017. Also, THP wasn’t meant to be a commercial success since the beginning. The band stated that they knew it wasn’t going to sell millions but they wanted to go against what was being played on Alternative/Rock radio today. Hopefully, their next album brings them back into the mainstream because I think they still have the fanbase and power to do so if they really want.


Hello dear MJD congratulations for the CSPC analysis of Linkin Park ; then as I said in the old posts, I’d be very curious about the CSPC analysis on The Beatles especially after all their remastered albums of 2009-2010 have returned in the ranking of the most ‘sold albums as Biliboard.
I hope you answer me my dear friend, please !!!

Guilherme Gomes

Hello, My name is Guilherme, I’m your ”xará” (”Xará” in my language means a person who has the same name as your). I’m from Brazil.

I need to say that your job about charts and sales is amazing, I love that, congratulations and thank you.

And that like a Evanescence’s fan, after read this article, I’m anxious by the CSPC about Evanescence, please.

Sorry for my bad english.

Once again, thank you very much and love from Brazil!


Hi everyone! I reversed MJD’s formulas to determine the CSP for each track. We could interpret this as the CSP total “due to” a track, so its success. I have calculated the top 10 below (All songs): Song [Album] = CSP total (millions sales equivalent) In The End [Hybrid Theory] = 11,18 Numb [Meteora] = 6,45 Numb / Encore [Collision Course] = 4,58 One Step Closer [Hybrid Theory] = 3,25 What I’ve Done [Minutes To Midnight] = 3,17 Papercut [Hybrid Theory] = 3,08 Crawling [Hybrid Theory] = 2,82 Faint [Meteora] = 2,54 Bleed It Out [Minutes To Midnight] = 2,41… Read more »