CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

The Beatles single disc

Physical Singles Sales – Part 6
Orphan – 15,683,000 equivalent albums

Hey Jude – 8,200,000
I Want to Hold Your Hand – 7,800,000
She Loves You – 5,400,000
We Can Work It Out / Day Tripper – 5,300,000
Get Back – 5,300,000
I Feel Fine – 4,900,000
Paperback Writer – 3,350,000
Lady Madonna – 2,750,000
The Ballad of John and Yoko – 2,700,000
From Me to You – 1,700,000
Free as a Bird – 1,000,000
The Beatles’ Movie Medley – 750,000
Real Love – 700,000
Matchbox – 500,000
My Bonnie – 450,000
Ain’t She Sweet – 400,000
Long Tall Sally – 350,000
Why – 125,000
Oh Darling – 100,000
Remaining Singles – 500,000

During their career, the Beatles released 9 non-album singles at a global scale. Each sold 2,7 million or better and 6 of them are quite simply the band top 6 selling hits of their career.

This situation perfectly illustrates the relevance of the CSPC approach. We can’t barely look at one format results and bring in conclusions. Figures suggest Hey Jude and I Want to Hold Your Hand are by far the biggest hits of their career. This is absolutely wrong. Both songs immensely enjoyed the fact they weren’t sold as part of albums too. If all their songs had been issued with the same background, they would no doubt be among the top performers, but they may very well have been topped by songs like Let It Be or Something / Come Together.

Nevermind, those songs amass the outstanding total of 52 million units, almost 46 million of which come from the 9 released in all markets.

Career-wise, all those tracks add for a superb 115,6 million physical singles sold.

If you have been surprised by some figures in the high or low side, you won’t stay doubting long as the next few pages explain in details the most debatable figures from studio albums and physical singles lists!

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Nick

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

jt1916

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.

Al

It’s explained on page 31 of this article.

NicholasNiner

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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