CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

The Beatles

Download Singles Sales – Part 4
Abbey Road (1969) – 731,000 equivalent albums

Come Together – 1,100,000
Something – 325,000
Here Comes the Sun – 1,700,000
Oh! Darling – 200,000
Golden Slumbers – 150,000
Remaining Tracks – 1,400,000

Let It Be (1970) – 510,000 equivalent albums

Let It Be – 2,000,000
The Long and Winding Road – 325,000
Get Back – 225,000
Across The Universe – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 650,000

Orphan – 615,000 equivalent albums

I Want to Hold Your Hand – 400,000
From Me to You – 175,000
She Loves You – 275,000
I Feel Fine – 200,000
We Can Work It Out – 200,000
Day Tripper – 175,000
Paperback Writer – 150,000
Lady Madonna – 150,000
Hey Jude – 1,650,000
The Ballad of John and Yoko – 150,000
Don’t Let Me Down – 125,000
Remaining Tracks – 450,000

A mere 6 songs only from the Beatles crossed the million sales in downloads, a low number even if they shine by their consistency across their entire catalog. Two of them found place on Abbey Road album yet, the ever-growing Here Comes The Sun plus Come Together.

From the Orphan Album, I Want To Hold Your Hand and She Loves You were terrific seller back in the day thanks to their unavailability on one studio album but their popularity largely faded with years and that early days advantage isn’t relevant anymore. The only song that outsold them in physical format, Hey Jude, is still going strong though with a sizable 1,65 million downloads.

Of course, the main track from this page is Let It Be, which is the only hit from the iconic group up to 2 million units sold.

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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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