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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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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