CSPC: Green Day Popularity Analysis

My Green Day Discography

Full Length related records Sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical single, downloads and streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the one originated from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP. Thus, to perfectly gauge how worthy this latter is, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this..

Remaining Long Format Part 1 – Compilations & More

How to understand the table from the picture? For each compilation, we first define its sales. Sticking to our example, International Superhits! sold 5,65 million units in the few countries it got released. Its tracks combine for 428,6 million streams on Spotify. Those tracks got initially released from various distinct studio albums which are the ones listed in the fourth column. Then, we learn that songs first issued on Dookie are responsible for 58% of International Superhits! total streams, meaning it created 58% of its appeal which is the equivalent of 3,305,000 sales. We apply the same logic to all sales creators of that best of and then to all compilations.

Logically, Dookie is very precisely the main provider of attractiveness for their earlier compilations. International Superhits! sold very well during American Idiot hype, being mainly driven by those 1994 songs. Green Day has yet to release a career-spanning compilation with hits of all their eras.

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Jason

Hoping to see an update of what Revolution Radio ended up at and how Father Of All has performed with it being out for 6 months now. Great article!

Christoffer

Japan – 725,000

Seems odd considering the album is only certified Platinum* (200,000).

*https://www.riaj.or.jp/f/data/cert/gd_search.html

Christoffer

Thanks for the answer. Keep up the good work!

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Keshav

So any update as of December 2018?

Christian Smith

I’d like an update to see how Revolution Radio is doing. The spotify streams for those songs seem to be quite a bit higher now than they were on Page 26.

The album has also been certified Gold in the UK indicating 100k+ so I’d assume it sold a good bit more worldwide. It’s probably reached the 1 million milestone by now. I hope in the future it surpasses Uno! at least.

David Oakes

Hello it’s now November 20, 2017.

Any chance of an update on Revolution Radio ?

Tomasz

These rankings are simply amazing! Thanks for all the work! I just discovered your page and can’t stop reading. I’m a big fan!

Raffi

Great work MJD, Anthony and Hernan! Green Day is an interesting case to read and study! Starting so slow, they became so massive with Dookie! The following 3 albums did well, and then they became massive again with American Idiot! I have to say, while Dookie is more successful, I consider American Idiot as their most impressive album in their catalog in terms of success, because they achieved it so deep into their career, and that that album is their only one that spawned numerous sizable hits! Regarding American Idiot, could you tell me whether it is the best selling… Read more »

Raffi

What some users Wants? Is that perhaps a reference to Christina Aguilera?😉 If so, pretty excited for it! Been dying to know whether her debut or Stripped was the more successful album, and how she compared with her peers

Trish

It could be a “I Know What You Want” reference as well haha

Nuclear dolphin

You know I think ‘American Idiot’ is a masterpiece and it was also the last REAL hit rock album ever. How many other rock albums have surpassed 10 million copies since then? It was original as well, combining punk rock into a rock opera, like the Sex Pistols meets ‘Tommy’ by The Who with a bit of mid 70’s Queen thrown in. Its also a massive hit with the streaming, more so than ‘Dookie’. American Idiot has 593,769,585 streams as of today, where as Dookie has 447,417,471. Also if you look at Green day’s top 10 songs on Youtube, you’ll… Read more »

Al

Grat work as always!

But i pointed out that Green Days numbers at the ranking on the last page are missing.

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