CSPC: David Bowie Popularity Analysis

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Biggest tracks – David Bowie

The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales with appropriate weighting too plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1 1983 – Let’s Dance [Let’s Dance] – 8,290,000
2 1977 – Heroes [Heroes] – 7,670,000
3 1969 – Space Oddity [David Bowie (1969)] – 7,270,000
4 1974 – Rebel Rebel [Diamond Dogs] – 5,310,000
5 1971 – Life On Mars? [Hunky Dory] – 4,870,000
6 1972 – Starman [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars] – 4,720,000
7 1972 – Ziggy Stardust [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars] – 3,740,000
8 1980 – Ashes To Ashes [Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)] – 3,620,000
9 1971 – Changes [Hunky Dory] – 3,600,000
10 1981 – Under Pressure [Orphan] – 3,440,000
11 1983 – Modern Love [Let’s Dance] – 2,970,000
12 1975 – Golden Years [Station to Station] – 2,640,000
13 1975 – Fame [Young Americans] – 2,610,000
14 1983 – China Girl [Let’s Dance] – 2,550,000
15 1971 – Moonage Daydream [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars] – 2,390,000
16 1972 – The Jean Genie [Aladdin Sane] – 2,370,000
17 1975 – Young Americans [Young Americans] – 2,110,000
18 1984 – Blue Jean [Tonight] – 1,970,000
19 1977 – Sound And Vision [Low] – 1,870,000
20 1970 – The Man Who Sold The World [The Man Who Sold The World] – 1,730,000
21 1973 – Sorrow [Pin Ups] – 1,680,000
22 1972 – Suffragette City [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars] – 1,420,000
23 1980 – Fashion [Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)] – 1,320,000
24 1984 – Loving The Alien [Tonight] – 1,140,000
25 1982 – Cat People (Putting Out Fire) [Let’s Dance] – 1,000,000

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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??