CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

David Bowie Career CSPC Results

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So, after checking all figures, how many overall equivalent album sales each David Bowie album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1David Bowie (1967)724,000200,000359,000135,000
(450,000)
15,000
(100,000)
15,000
(01/11/17)
N/AN/A724,000
2DavidDavid Bowie (1969)7,820,0002,300,0004,247,000675,000
(2,250,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
124,000
(01/11/17)
290,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 100
LD: 150
7,820,000
3TheThe Man Who Sold the World2,464,0001,900,000398,00015,000
(50,000)
60,000
(400,000)
44,000
(01/11/17)
91,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 30
LD: 60
2,464,000
4HunkyHunky Dory10,511,0004,700,0004,572,000435,000
(1,450,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
225,000
(01/11/17)
474,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 150
LD: 260
10,511,000
5TheThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars15,640,0008,550,0005,681,000405,000
(1,350,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
268,000
(01/11/17)
696,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 250
LD: 400
15,640,000
6AladdinAladdin Sane6,427,0004,900,000879,000473,000
(1,577,000)
68,000
(450,000)
52,000
(01/11/17)
107,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 30
LD: 60
6,427,000
7PinPin Ups3,305,0002,750,000173,000330,000
(1,100,000)
23,000
(150,000)
15,000
(01/11/17)
29,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,305,000
8DiamondDiamond Dogs7,057,0003,650,0002,566,000420,000
(1,400,000)
120,000
(800,000)
91,000
(01/11/17)
301,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 120
LD: 210
7,057,000
9YoungYoung Americans5,980,0002,650,0002,060,000945,000
(3,150,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
70,000
(01/11/17)
130,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 30
LD: 80
5,980,000
10StationStation to Station4,537,0002,600,0001,183,000615,000
(2,050,000)
60,000
(400,000)
42,000
(01/11/17)
79,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 20
LD: 50
4,537,000
11LowLow3,709,0002,600,000553,000390,000
(1,300,000)
60,000
(400,000)
44,000
(01/11/17)
106,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 40
LD: 60
3,709,000
12HeroesHeroes8,309,0002,900,0004,760,000135,000
(450,000)
165,000
(1,100,000)
149,000
(01/11/17)
349,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 120
LD: 220
8,309,000
13LodgerLodger2,042,0001,650,000128,000225,000
(750,000)
15,000
(100,000)
13,000
(01/11/17)
24,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,042,000
14ScaryScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)5,984,0003,450,0001,446,000915,000
(3,050,000)
75,000
(500,000)
54,000
(01/11/17)
98,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 30
LD: 70
5,984,000
15Let'sLet's Dance15,339,0008,700,0002,933,0003,060,000
(10,200,000)
270,000
(1,800,000)
217,000
(01/11/17)
376,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 90
LD: 270
15,339,000
16TonightTonight4,193,0003,400,000142,000600,000
(2,000,000)
23,000
(150,000)
15,000
(01/11/17)
28,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
4,193,000
17NeverNever Let Me Down2,637,0002,300,00012,000315,000
(1,050,000)
5,000
(30,000)
4,000
(01/11/17)
5,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
2,637,000
18TinTin Machine1,469,0001,400,000060,000
(200,000)
3,000
(20,000)
3,000
(01/11/17)
6,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
1,469,000
19Tin Machine II645,000600,000045,000
(150,000)
0
(0)
0
(01/11/17)
N/AN/A645,000
20BlackBlack Tie White Noise1,642,0001,500,00021,000105,000
(350,000)
8,000
(50,000)
8,000
(01/11/17)
8,000
(01/11/17)
Av.: 0
LD: 1,090
1,642,000
211.1. Outside1,253,0001,050,00041,000128,000
(427,000)
15,000
(100,000)
17,000
(01/11/17)
19,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
1,253,000
22EarthlingEarthling1,284,0001,050,00083,000105,000
(350,000)
23,000
(150,000)
17,000
(01/11/17)
23,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
1,284,000
23HoursHours1,091,0001,000,00012,00045,000
(150,000)
15,000
(100,000)
15,000
(01/11/17)
19,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
1,091,000
24HeathenHeathen1,354,0001,250,00028,00030,000
(100,000)
23,000
(150,000)
21,000
(01/11/17)
23,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
1,354,000
25RealityReality1,026,000950,00016,00015,000
(50,000)
23,000
(150,000)
18,000
(01/11/17)
22,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
1,026,000
26TheThe Next Day1,647,0001,500,00024,0000
(0)
45,000
(300,000)
78,000
(01/11/17)
78,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 10
1,647,000
27?? (Blackstar)2,208,0002,000,00012,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
96,000
(01/11/17)
136,000
(09/18/21)
Av.: 20
LD: 40
2,208,000
28Orphan7,305,00003,694,0002,640,000
(8,800,000)
660,000
(4,400,000)
311,000
(01/11/17)
N/AN/A7,305,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 01/11/17.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


Thanks to all compilation and live albums sold on the back of its songs, The Rise And Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars ends up beating Let’s Dance by a few units, both at roughly 15 million equivalent album sales.

Just under Aladdin Sales in album sales only, Hunky Dory appears to be much bigger overall thanks to larger hits, it is his third album over 10 million. David Bowie (1969), Heroes, Diamond Dogs, Aladdin Sane, Scary Monsters and Young Americans all passed the 5 million mark.

Maybe even more important to highlight is the way the singer managed to stick over 1 million with all his releases except one during his last 30 years in spite of getting no hits at all in this time frame.

Guess what? A couple of albums at 15 million or 50 years of albums over 1 million is still less significant than the impressive total of 125,8 million equivalent album sales David Bowie amassed over his legendary career. Following pages list the most successful songs of the artist.

Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge her position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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Matrix

A two-three solidly sold albums, and a lot of average ones, is quite surprising to me. Although David’s final CSPC figure is relatively large, it is mostly due to his long career, imo.

Matrix

You have a point, MJD. Bowie’s career was long and pretty consistent. But still, David’s average CSPC percentage per album is 4.38 milion. 118.5 milion CSPC : 27 albums = 4.38milion (Orphan album excluded).

If we take for example Guns N’ Roses, their average CSPC percentage per album is huge 19.6 milion! 117.7 milion CSPC : 6 albums = 19.6 milion. (Orphan album excluded).

But not to be confused, I like David Bowie. I really do, It’s just, I personally thought his CSPC number was a little higher. : )

Nuno

Both are impressive. Yet 27 multi-million sellers is more amazing and hard to get than 6 albums where 3 best seller albums on the peak of their fame are responsible for 82% of their sales in a 5 years period of release. In fact their 4 albums from their peak of fame represent 92% of their total CSPC points and 7 years release span. David Bowie 3 best sellers represent just 34% of his sales and are from a period over 13 years span with many other albums in between. His 4 best sellers would increase that span a bit… Read more »

Matrix

Is there CSPC life on Mars? Yes, 125m in total.

Mxthx

David sales are at 175M records with all formats. Very impressive

Tony

He is at number 30 on Eas, 125m Total.

Jsak

But Let’s dance has not sold over 15 million copies with republication?

Archi

I would love to see Jethto Tull popularity analysis

Speed of Life

Hi – thanks for a very comprehensively researched article.One question what about the sales of Under Pressure on Queen albums – Greatest hits and Platinum Collection?? Regards

Raffi

David’s total is quite good, amazing considering he doesn’t have a hugely successful album but surpassed those who have one (Britney, Guns and Roses etc.) He is definitely up there among the most successful artists in history, despite going against the typical music industry rules and being highly risky and innovative. Anyway, i don’t know if you know this, but January 16 would mark Aaliyah’s 38th Birthday! I hope you would do a CSPC analysis on her as it would be quite fitting. I don’t expect her to have a huge result, but as an R&B artist who only released… Read more »

Chanterz

Bowie did well for the kind of act he was.

I really like this series. Can you do wholr popularity analyses for Red Hot Chili Peppers, Little Mix, Janet Jackson, Radiohead and Queen?

Thanks =)

sonia

What about CSPC for Leonard Cohen, Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam?

skkywill

Great articel! I know the legend because Barbra covered her classic Life on mars. I still waiting for articels abou France Sales and CSPC for Barbra

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