CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Trio de Bastidores The Beatles - Sunshine

Physical Singles Sales – Part 5
Yellow Submarine (1969) – 30,000 equivalent albums

All Together Now – 100,000

Abbey Road (1969) – 1,185,000 equivalent albums

Something / Come Together – 3,950,000

Let It Be (1970) – 2,085,000 equivalent albums

Let It Be – 4,750,000
The Long and Winding Road – 2,200,000

Reaching the latter part of their career, the most striking conclusion is that the band never did it wrong. Their singles continued to be gigantic smashes until the end as shown with their last 3 album singles moving nearly 11 million copies.

In total, physical singles from the band 13 studio albums sold a combined 63,8 million units, which in itself is enough to put the Beatles into the very biggest selling singles act of all-time. It is far from being over as the Orphan Album is coming strong…

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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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