CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – 2,955,000 equivalent albums

A Hard Day’s Night – 3,750,000
Should Have Known Better – 400,000
And I Love Her – 900,000
Can’t Buy Me Love – 4,300,000
I’ll Cry Instead – 500,000

Help! (1965) – 3,345,000 equivalent albums

Help! – 4,400,000
Ticket to Ride – 3,350,000
Yesterday – 3,400,000

Those two soundtrack albums had the advantage to be issued almost everywhere with the same singles being available in many countries. The result is mind-blowing with 5 songs from those LPs moving past 3 million copies each, a figure hardly ever reached by other artists. The 8 singles listed on this page combine for a huge 21 million units sold.

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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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