CSPC: Green Day Popularity Analysis

Green Day CAREER CSPC RESULTS

Green Day

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

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, American Idiot singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 2,655,000 albums – 17,700,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

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)

If the domination of both Dookie and American Idiot isn’t a surprise, their overall tally of over 25 million and over 21 million respectively is pretty impressive. One may try to point out how much they failed to reproduce such figures but in any case those two albums alone are responsible for more equivalent album sales than full discographies of various popular artists.

Their supposedly weaker albums are far from being ridiculous too. Nimrod is up to a solid 8 million total figure while all Insomniac, Warning and 21st Century Breakdown are in a respectable 4-6 million range.

Each of their last three albums failed to break the million milestone, but hope isn’t lost yet as Revolution Radio is still being promoted and should hit that mark at some point, possibly during 2017.

 

 

The cumulative total of Green Day climbs up to 81,15 million equivalent albums. This figure puts them in the same league as the likes Shania Twain and Adele. Among rock bands of the last 30 years, they are way below the Guns N’ Roses at 117 million, close to both Nirvana at 90 million and Coldplay at 83 million, while topping Linkin Park 74 million figure. Additional bands including Oasis and Radiohead still need to be studied but will appear nowhere near to Green Day, which proves the strong universal appeal of the latter band. Following pages list their most successful songs.

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 their 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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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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