CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 5 – The Revolution Continues

Up to this page, the Beatles strongest album in streaming format remains Help! at 125,000 equivalent album sales. This high is now topped by their eponymous 1968 album which registers 178,000 sales.

If album tracks fail to make the difference against hits, an extensive 30-songs list undoubtedly helps. It must be said too that Beatles songs are fairly short, running around 3 minutes on average. If you press play at the same time on Wish You Were Here album by Pink Floyd and on this Beatles White Album, by the end of the latter – some 93 minutes later – you will have added 30 streams to the Beatles, but only 11 to Pink Floyd. While the length of a hit often playlisted is irrelevant while comparing huge smashes, when we refer to album tracks reached only from the artist page this criteria makes a notable difference and is highly favorable to the Beatles.

Just like it was their weakest release during their hey-days, Yellow Submarine is by far their worst performer in streaming too. Its biggest song is on 3 million plays only while half of its tracks fail to break the million mark, a milestone managed by every album track from the remaining 12 studio albums. Of course, the most well-known songs on it, Yellow Submarine and All You Need Is Love do not appear because they were already considered into their original studio albums.

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Is Beatles the best selling musical act in UK?




I hope you would update and make a record and achievement section for the Beatles


Will BTS surpass the Beatles eventually? And is it possible that a current artist at present will surpass them?


Thank you for your response!

Someone shared on Twitter that the Beatles is the second best selling artist of the century. Eminem took the first place. Can you pls confirm this fact? Thanks ahead and more power!

Richard Dakin

You show the US sales for the White Album at around 12 million. It is a double album. The RIAA has its sales at 24 million plus, making allowance for the fact that it is 2 records that were purchased. Ditto for the red and blue albums. The Anthologies were triple albums, as were the BBC albums.
Do your numbers make allowance for this?


Nope. The White Album, Physical Graffiti, The Wall etc are counted as one album, one sale, no multiplication of discs included, times sales.

One of the albums you mention, is probably the best example against multi counting. The double disc, Red Album, which has less tracks and a shorter total running time, than single disc 1.

Richard Dakin

I’m not sure I follow. If one buys and pays for an album that contains 2 records, have 2 records not been sold?
Do you allow for this by using the total number of tracks on the album?

Richard Dakin

MJD:Thank you for expaining that!
I really enjoy and appreciate the work that went into, and still goes into, your website. I look forward to updates as they appear.

tom riise

Update would be nice 🙂


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


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


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 🙂 )


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


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.


Has this already been included in the analysis? If not, I hope Chartmasters would consider verifying this one and include its sales in computing the Beatles CSPC points

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