CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

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Download Singles Sales – Part 3
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) – 379,000 equivalent albums

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 300,000
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – 400,000
A Day in the Life – 450,000
When I’m Sixty-Four – 225,000
With a Little Help from My Friends – 550,000
Remaining Tracks – 600,000

Magical Mystery Tour (1967) – 386,000 equivalent albums

Hello, Goodbye – 300,000
Penny Lane – 375,000
Strawberry Fields Forever – 450,000
I Am the Walrus – 400,000
Magical Mystery Tour – 150,000
All You Need Is Love – 550,000
Remaining Tracks – 350,000

The Beatles (White Album) (1968) – 664,000 equivalent albums

Back in the U.S.S.R. – 325,000
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – 450,000
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – 600,000
Revolution – 350,000
Blackbird – 700,000
Dear Prudence – 250,000
Rocky Raccoon – 200,000
Helter Skelter – 150,000
Remaining Tracks – 1,400,000

Yellow Submarine (1969) – 68,000 equivalent albums

Hey Bulldog – 175,000
Remaining Tracks – 275,000

One may expect wonders from Sgt Pepper’s album tracks. Its full track list is no doubt impressive, but the lack of hits fire-back on it, resulting in a pretty average tally of download single sales by the band standards. As a double LP full of well known tunes the White Album amasses well past 4 million sales from its digital tracks in spite of no individual song going over 700,000 units. Interestingly, 700,000 units is very precisely the highest level attained by all those songs, with several album tracks out-performing supposed singles. Those two facts together highlight how much those eras were promoted around full albums instead of pushing hard being a couple of songs.

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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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