CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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Little by little, David Bowie continued to amass various good hits, some other moderate ones. Fame, from 1975, was the artist true breakthrough song in the US by climbing all the way to #1 while he never made the top 10 before that one. Ironically, it peaked at a low #17 in the UK. Young Americans singles have noteworthy sales very precisely because young Americans cherished them.

Dropping consistently one album per year the British star moved more than 10 million units of singles from 1973 to 1979.

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

Pin Ups (1973) – 330,000 equivalent albums

Sorrow – 1,100,000

Diamond Dogs (1974) – 420,000 equivalent albums

Diamond Dogs – 400,000
Rebel Rebel – 900,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Young Americans (1975) – 945,000 equivalent albums

Young Americans – 700,000
Fame – 2,050,000
John, I’m Only Dancing (Again) – 400,000

Station to Station (1976) – 615,000 equivalent albums

Golden Years – 1,500,000
TVC 15 – 250,000
Wild Is The Wind – 250,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

Low (1977) – 390,000 equivalent albums

Sound And Vision – 1,200,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Heroes (1977) – 135,000 equivalent albums

Beauty And The Beast – 100,000
Heroes – 350,000

Lodger (1979) – 225,000 equivalent albums

D.J. – 250,000
Boys Keep Swinging – 450,000
Remaining Singles – 50,000

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El Jolito

The Greatest solo artist in history.


That will be Michael Jackson


Best selling solo artist of all time, but not most important or most influential solo artist of all time.


That’s just your opinion, mine is he is very overrated and his sales are poor considering he is supposed to be that good. Half a dozen very good songs doesn’t make you the greatest.


Yes, Jacksons sales and popularity are amazing and his influence immense but Bowie was way, way more diverse than Jackson.


It’s so irritating when people can’t wrap their heads around the fact that sales aren’t everything. Sales are great but they don’t indicate how inventive, creative, influential, etc. an artist was/is.


Who cares. Musical diversity and critical acclaim is so overrated.


Lots of people care, lots of people don’t want to listen to an artist who just releases the same sounding stuff over and over again.

As for critical acclaim, I couldn’t give a toss about it either.

Last edited 4 months ago by Martin

“That’s just your opinion”

It’s all about opinions, except if you believe that talent should be measured by success, which would be very dumb.

Speed of Life

Also the version of All The Young Dudes with Ian Hunter and Bowie on vocals on the Mott The Hoople page doesn’t show up on his features.

Speed of Life

Just noticed that a number of Bowie songs have recently been been greyed out on spotify and their totals no longer show on the spotify tool report.They’re all on the albums Platinum Collection and Sound + Vision.
Also for some reason the songs credited to Bowie and the Spider on the Bowie at the Beeb album have a separate artist id??