CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis


Download Singles Sales – Part 2
Help! (1965) – 409,000 equivalent albums

Help! – 525,000
Ticket to Ride – 300,000
You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away – 300,000
Yesterday – 1,100,000
Remaining Tracks – 500,000

Rubber Soul (1965) – 360,000 equivalent albums

Nowhere Man – 175,000
Michelle – 175,000
Drive My Car – 175,000
Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) – 325,000
In My Life – 1,000,000
Remaining Tracks – 550,000

Revolver (1966) – 304,000 equivalent albums

Taxman – 150,000
Good Day Sunshine – 150,000
Eleanor Rigby – 600,000
Yellow Submarine – 300,000
Got to Get You into My Life – 175,000
Remaining Tracks – 650,000

I’ll give back some justice to this era. The Beatles early albums are often regarded as cute. The Sgt Pepper’s / White Album / Abbey Road trilogy rated as the absolute best albums of all-time and sales monsters too. We tend to forget a 2-years era happened in-between. Those 1965/1966 years were pivotal for the band. During them, they switched from catchy or lovely tunes to more complex but also incredibly memorable songs. In that aspect, Yesterday represents pretty much a bridge from their early years to their latter years. What more natural then that seeing it as their first million selling digital song in the release chronological order.

All those albums have cumulative sales over 2 million for their tracks, representing more than 300,000 equivalent album sales for each.

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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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