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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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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