CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 3 – Compilations #2

As incredible as it seems, by 1989 album Sound + Vision cult hits like Starman and Life On Mars? were still purely ignored in spite of the package containing 42 songs!

At last with Changesbowie, the winning formula was found. The Singles Collection improved the content even more by adding on top of all David Bowie best remembered songs the duet Under Pressure, which powers the Orphan Album to the largest share among all sales generators.

With those two good selling career spanning compilations, we can identify the real pattern of the artist discography. 1969 David Bowie, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes and Let’s Dance all represent from 8 to 15% of the catalog strenght. This absence of truly dominant record distributes sales through all albums quite equally. The likes Diamond Dogs, Young Americans, Station To Station and Scary Monsters also claim some decent parts of various compilations.

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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??