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
1DavidDavid Bowie (1967)744,000200,000359,000135,000
(450,000)
15,000
(100,000)
33,000
(03/11/22)
35,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
744,000
2DavidDavid Bowie (1969)7,898,0002,300,0004,247,000675,000
(2,250,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
336,000
(03/11/22)
368,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 160
LD: 160
7,898,000
3TheThe Man Who Sold the World2,494,0001,900,000398,00015,000
(50,000)
60,000
(400,000)
108,000
(03/11/22)
121,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 60
2,494,000
4HunkyHunky Dory10,624,0004,700,0004,572,000435,000
(1,450,000)
330,000
(2,200,000)
530,000
(03/11/22)
587,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 280
LD: 280
10,624,000
5TheThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars15,811,0008,550,0005,681,000405,000
(1,350,000)
308,000
(2,050,000)
765,000
(03/11/22)
867,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 500
LD: 530
15,811,000
6AladdinAladdin Sane6,454,0004,900,000879,000473,000
(1,577,000)
68,000
(450,000)
122,000
(03/11/22)
134,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
6,454,000
7PinPin Ups3,309,0002,750,000173,000330,000
(1,100,000)
23,000
(150,000)
30,000
(03/11/22)
33,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
3,309,000
8DiamondDiamond Dogs7,119,0003,650,0002,566,000420,000
(1,400,000)
120,000
(800,000)
328,000
(03/11/22)
363,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 170
LD: 160
7,119,000
9YoungYoung Americans6,039,0002,650,0002,060,000945,000
(3,150,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
169,000
(03/11/22)
189,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 110
6,039,000
10StationStation to Station4,581,0002,600,0001,183,000615,000
(2,050,000)
60,000
(400,000)
108,000
(03/11/22)
123,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 70
LD: 80
4,581,000
11LowLow3,734,0002,600,000553,000390,000
(1,300,000)
60,000
(400,000)
120,000
(03/11/22)
131,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 90
3,734,000
12HeroesHeroes8,479,0002,900,0004,760,000135,000
(450,000)
165,000
(1,100,000)
457,000
(03/11/22)
519,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 300
LD: 300
8,479,000
13LodgerLodger2,051,0001,650,000128,000225,000
(750,000)
15,000
(100,000)
31,000
(03/11/22)
33,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,051,000
14ScaryScary Monsters (And Super Creeps)6,038,0003,450,0001,446,000915,000
(3,050,000)
75,000
(500,000)
136,000
(03/11/22)
152,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 80
LD: 100
6,038,000
15Let'sLet's Dance15,635,0008,700,0002,933,0003,060,000
(10,200,000)
270,000
(1,800,000)
597,000
(03/11/22)
672,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 370
LD: 330
15,635,000
16TonightTonight4,214,0003,400,000142,000600,000
(2,000,000)
23,000
(150,000)
45,000
(03/11/22)
49,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,214,000
17NeverNever Let Me Down2,644,0002,300,00012,000315,000
(1,050,000)
5,000
(30,000)
11,000
(03/11/22)
12,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
2,644,000
18TinTin Machine1,472,0001,400,000060,000
(200,000)
3,000
(20,000)
8,000
(03/11/22)
9,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
1,472,000
19Tin Machine II645,000600,000045,000
(150,000)
0
(0)
0
(01/11/17)
N/AN/A645,000
20BlackBlack Tie White Noise1,648,0001,500,00021,000105,000
(350,000)
8,000
(50,000)
13,000
(03/11/22)
14,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
1,648,000
211.1. Outside1,264,0001,050,00041,000128,000
(427,000)
15,000
(100,000)
28,000
(03/11/22)
30,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
1,264,000
22EarthlingEarthling1,297,0001,050,00083,000105,000
(350,000)
23,000
(150,000)
33,000
(03/11/22)
36,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
1,297,000
23HoursHours1,096,0001,000,00012,00045,000
(150,000)
15,000
(100,000)
23,000
(03/11/22)
24,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
1,096,000
24HeathenHeathen1,368,0001,250,00028,00030,000
(100,000)
23,000
(150,000)
35,000
(03/11/22)
37,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
1,368,000
25RealityReality1,033,000950,00016,00015,000
(50,000)
23,000
(150,000)
27,000
(03/11/22)
29,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
1,033,000
26TheThe Next Day1,656,0001,500,00024,0000
(0)
45,000
(300,000)
84,000
(03/11/22)
87,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
1,656,000
27?? (Blackstar)2,228,0002,000,00012,0000
(0)
60,000
(400,000)
149,000
(03/11/22)
156,000
(10/02/22)
Av.: 40
LD: 40
2,228,000
28Orphan8,421,00003,694,0002,640,000
(8,800,000)
660,000
(4,400,000)
1,427,000
(03/11/22)
N/AN/A8,421,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 03/11/22.
'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 1/6750 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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El Jolito

The Greatest solo artist in history.

Tony

That will be Michael Jackson

Mikko

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

Tony

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.

Martin

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

Nick

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.

Jazz

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

Martin

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 11 days ago by Martin
Analord

“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??

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