CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales

If the LP market was terrible during the 60s, the single one was pretty powerful in various countries. Way back in 1963, the norm in terms of releases was different than from our days. The one of today got fully generalized during the 80s with albums-axed eras. All singles of an artist are part of his albums. The Beatles in their side had two distinct discographies, the one made of their LPs, out of which some singles got issued – or not – in some markets, and then fully stand-alone singles.

All those non-album tracks are inserted into the Orphan Album category. If you aren’t used to read CSPC articles, the Orphan Album is a folder which encapsulates every material issued outside of an album era. For most artists, that will be a few singles from compilations or a soundtrack, but for the Liverpool heros it is various widely popular songs dropped all along their active years. That album will come at the end of this category.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Which song is the highest selling physical single for the band? How many units have they sold overall in this format? Answers come right now!

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I’m curious why their digital singles sales are so low compared to the likes of Queen and MJ?


I guess that one important reason is that they wait many years until put the catalogue there (2009), and 5 years later that market started to collapse, so they had few years to make sales. I mean, even Elvis have a little more digital sales, when the Beatles outstream him x2.


It’s explained on page 31 of this article.


I would love to see the sales of George Harrison. Both John Lennon and Paul Mccartney are updated while George and Ringo are missing. I assume Ringo hasn’t sold that well but George had string of succesful albums starting with All Things Must Pass. Maybe in the future when The Beatles sales are going to be updated you could also do George and Ringo, same as it was done with Neil Young, when both Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were done at the same time. I’m sure a lot of people would love to see that. Thank… Read more »

Tom Riise

An update on The Beatles would be great.

Eric Williams

BFD on amount of records sold. Theres more people in the world. All these groups/people are playing because of the BEATLES. I bought my first guitar from a guys living room. I traded my flute in for an electric guitar, at Jacks Drum Shop, after Feb. 1964 when they were on Ed Sullivan. There was no Guitar Center, or anything like that. Since the BEATLES, everyone and their brother play guitar.

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