CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

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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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tom riise

Update would be nice 🙂

Walter

Hi MJD,
the RIAA certifications on red album and blue album also include download and streaming, seen how much higher are they ?

César

I’ve just realized that the physical single sales of Beatles For Sale and A Hard Day’s Night are swapped.

César

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 🙂 )

Dan

I’m positive they’ll be well above 420 mill after the update.

Al

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.

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