CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
Please Please Me (1963) – 2,535,000 equivalent albums

Misery – 125,000
Boys – 50,000
Please Please Me – 2,300,000
Love Me Do – 2,650,000
Baby It’s You – 375,000
Do You Want to Know a Secret? – 1,250,000
Twist and Shout – 1,700,000

With the Beatles (1963) – 255,000 equivalent albums

All My Loving – 550,000
Please Mister Postman – 100,000
Roll Over Beethoven – 200,000

Beatles for Sale (1964) – 840,000 equivalent albums

Rock and Roll Music – 650,000
Eight Days a Week – 2,150,000

Well, it’s difficult to make a definitive list of which single was part of an album or not. For example, in the US, where it sold the majority of its copies, Twist and Shout was part of Introducing… the Beatles, a Vee-Jay label local album. In fact, none of the albums from this page was released in the US before 1987. Anyway, in terms of created value, the song came out within’ Please Please Me LP.

Anyway, technicalities apart, after a string of big 1963 hits in the UK, the Beatles stormed into the US charts like no one else in 1964, destroying everything. At the end of their first year, they had amassed an unreal 30 Hot 100 hits including 6 chart toppers. Not all of them are there, many belong to the Orphan Album category. Still, those albums are responsible for singles moving 12 million physical copies combined, more than 8 million of which managed by Please Please Me hits.

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Is Beatles the best selling musical act in UK?




I hope you would update and make a record and achievement section for the Beatles


Will BTS surpass the Beatles eventually? And is it possible that a current artist at present will surpass them?


Thank you for your response!

Someone shared on Twitter that the Beatles is the second best selling artist of the century. Eminem took the first place. Can you pls confirm this fact? Thanks ahead and more power!


Dont think so. Based on this site Btitney and Coldplay should sold more based on album sales alone. And pretty sure they sold more singles too.


This was discussed like two weeks ago in the “Best selling artists of all time” comments, Britney wouldn’t even be top 10… Coldplay might be #5, and indeed the Beatles would be #2, way behind Eminem.


Jeric, that is true but it needs some clarification. In the USA point of sales are measured by Nielsen SoundCard (now called MRC Nielsen). At the end of 2009 Nielsen estimated that Feminism was the #1 Artist of the first decade of the New Century (32m Album units sold) with The Beatles #2 (30m). Again this constitutes US album sales only from 2000-2009, and did not factor in Digital Downloads, Streaming, Video Streams, etc. Hope this helps.


Oops … sorry @Jericho. “feminism” is supposed to be EMINEM.


@jeric (sorry)

Richard Dakin

You show the US sales for the White Album at around 12 million. It is a double album. The RIAA has its sales at 24 million plus, making allowance for the fact that it is 2 records that were purchased. Ditto for the red and blue albums. The Anthologies were triple albums, as were the BBC albums.
Do your numbers make allowance for this?


Nope. The White Album, Physical Graffiti, The Wall etc are counted as one album, one sale, no multiplication of discs included, times sales.

One of the albums you mention, is probably the best example against multi counting. The double disc, Red Album, which has less tracks and a shorter total running time, than single disc 1.

Richard Dakin

I’m not sure I follow. If one buys and pays for an album that contains 2 records, have 2 records not been sold?
Do you allow for this by using the total number of tracks on the album?

Richard Dakin

MJD:Thank you for expaining that!
I really enjoy and appreciate the work that went into, and still goes into, your website. I look forward to updates as they appear.

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.


Has this already been included in the analysis? If not, I hope Chartmasters would consider verifying this one and include its sales in computing the Beatles CSPC points

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