CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 5 – Double Compilations #1

Disbanding in 1970, the Beatles continued to register smash hits as solo artists in 1971/1972. Their catalog was still truly hot and well deserving a comprehensive greatest hits album. There was so much material available that the first one coming out was a double-double LP release, Red and Blue albums, covering respectively 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 periods.

If many people already owned their studio albums, the fact that so many huge hits got issued outside of them made those packages essential, shifting an immense 44,8 million units combined. From the Red album, the leading force is unsurprisingly the orphan tracks which were very numerous in their early days. Maybe not as expected is the strong position Help! album. Owner of widely popular songs like Yesterday, Help! and Ticket to Ride, it contributes greatly to the compilation appeal at 22%.

From the Blue period, the main strength is clearly Abbey Road which has classic tunes like Come Together and Here Comes The Sun. The impressive second is Magical Mystery Tour. Rarely praised at the heights of their other 1967-1970 albums, that is mostly due to the inconsistent releases which corrupted a bit its image as it happens to be often regarded as some kind of a compilation rather than a valid studio effort. In terms of equivalent album sales, we can notice that all five albums covered by 1967-1970 are responsible for over 2 million units each as they all own memorable titles.

The last two lines refer to the 200,000 units selling Red / Blue box issued in 2010, with its sales being granted to each compilation as per CSPC formulas.

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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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