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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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!

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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