CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis


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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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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