CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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As it had to be expected, songs from Let’s Dance perform much better than anything else from the artist 80s catalog. This is still nothing sensational as the scale of 1 million-ish for his very top sellers and around half a million for his other classic gems remains true, a scale fairly low in comparison to other artists.

At 2,5 million, the total of all songs from below four albums is indeed disappointing with the one of Never Let Me Down being really very, very down from his standards.

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

Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980) – 75,000 equivalent albums

Ashes To Ashes – 300,000
Fashion – 100,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

Let’s Dance (1983) – 270,000 equivalent albums

Modern Love – 350,000
China Girl – 300,000
Let’s Dance – 950,000
Cat People (Putting Out Fire) – 150,000
Remaining Tracks – 50,000

Tonight (1984) – 23,000 equivalent albums

Blue Jean – 75,000
Remaining Tracks – 75,000

Never Let Me Down (1987) – 5,000 equivalent albums

Remaining Tracks – 30,000

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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 2 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??