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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tom riise

Update would be nice 🙂


the RIAA certifications on red album and blue album also include download and streaming, seen how much higher are they ?


I’ve just realized that the physical single sales of Beatles For Sale and A Hard Day’s Night are swapped.


I think this should get an update. It’s been 3 years and a lot of things have happened like the anniversary editions of Abbey Road and the White Album. (Also pls do George and Ringo’s CSPC 🙂 )


I’m positive they’ll be well above 420 mill after the update.


Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan is included in the compilation section on page 46

Mark Lupi

Amazing work, congratulations! However you’ve missed one important EP release. The Beatles fifth Ep release, Long Tall Sally, which was released in Britain in June 1964 and is another reported global million seller.

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