CSPC: The Beatles Popularity Analysis

THE BEATLES CAREER CSPC RESULTS

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So, after checking all figures, how many overall equivalent album sales each Beatles’ album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1PleasePlease Please Me30,874,0005,900,00021,147,0002,535,000
(8,450,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
877,000
(04/17/22)
932,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 470
LD: 480
30,874,000
2WithWith the Beatles14,523,0005,850,0007,872,000255,000
(850,000)
135,000
(900,000)
386,000
(04/17/22)
411,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 220
LD: 210
14,523,000
3AA Hard Day's Night28,589,0009,350,00015,367,0002,955,000
(9,850,000)
251,000
(1,670,000)
628,000
(04/17/22)
666,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 330
LD: 320
28,589,000
4BeatlesBeatles for Sale15,082,0005,650,0008,178,000840,000
(2,800,000)
113,000
(750,000)
284,000
(04/17/22)
301,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 150
LD: 140
15,082,000
5Help!Help!34,240,0009,850,00019,465,0003,345,000
(11,150,000)
409,000
(2,730,000)
1,104,000
(04/17/22)
1,171,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 580
LD: 560
34,240,000
6RubberRubber Soul23,887,00014,400,0007,508,000720,000
(2,400,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
844,000
(04/17/22)
899,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 480
LD: 480
23,887,000
7RevolverRevolver24,432,00012,450,0009,494,0001,320,000
(4,400,000)
304,000
(2,030,000)
817,000
(04/17/22)
864,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 410
LD: 400
24,432,000
8Sgt.Sgt. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band32,300,00024,800,0006,112,00075,000
(250,000)
379,000
(2,530,000)
883,000
(04/17/22)
934,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 450
LD: 420
32,300,000
9MagicalMagical Mystery Tour29,568,00010,600,00014,347,0003,345,000
(11,150,000)
386,000
(2,570,000)
842,000
(04/17/22)
890,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 420
LD: 400
29,568,000
10TheThe Beatles (White Album)29,646,00019,000,0007,824,000450,000
(1,500,000)
664,000
(4,430,000)
1,614,000
(04/17/22)
1,708,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 820
LD: 790
29,646,000
11YellowYellow Submarine4,937,0004,200,000567,00030,000
(100,000)
68,000
(450,000)
69,000
(04/17/22)
72,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
4,937,000
12AbbeyAbbey Road45,322,00026,700,00014,315,0001,185,000
(3,950,000)
731,000
(4,870,000)
2,244,000
(04/17/22)
2,391,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 1,280
LD: 1,250
45,322,000
13LetLet It Be33,971,00011,900,00018,296,0002,085,000
(6,950,000)
510,000
(3,400,000)
1,109,000
(04/17/22)
1,180,000
(08/10/22)
Av.: 620
LD: 620
33,971,000
14Orphan71,142,000052,900,00015,683,000
(52,277,000)
615,000
(4,100,000)
1,944,000
(04/17/22)
N/AN/A71,142,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 04/17/22.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

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Overall, those results are quite shocking. It is so by both how big and how weak they are. Big because the average sales of all albums is insane, weak because no album is higher than 43 million, a somehow disappointing result. The leader is expectedly Abbey Road.

Shocking too because both Let It Be and Help! surge over classics like Sgt Pepper’s and White Album. Please Please Me too tops this latter album while Revolver and Rubber Soul end up at #9 and #10 only.

This highly intriguying ranking reveals one deep reality even more important than which albums appear high or low. All those albums CSPC totals illustrate a unique pattern. Yellow Submarine apart, all albums stand between 14 million and 43 million, a 3 to 1 ratio between the biggest and the weakest LP. From the second to the tenth most popular, the gap – 33 million to 23 million – is very, very small, something never seen on all other artists breakdowns. All albums catalog sales have been pretty much exactly the reverse of their strength inside the group’s compilations. Once putting everything together, all figures are incredibly close. What is the ultimate meaning of this situation? It means that unlike other artists, consumers haven’t been purchasing one hit, nor one album, not even two or three classics. The final target of the average Beatles consumers was to buy, whatever the form / combo of packages, the band’s full discography. Isn’t that the real signature of the greatest success of all-time?

Cumulatively, the band sold the out of this world total of 405,7 million equivalent albums. Up to now, the biggest artist studied was Madonna with 244 million units. You will need to add to her discography the one of ABBA – 156,6 million – to come close to the heights of the Beatles. They also top Led Zeppelin and U2 combined total. Do I really need to say something more?

Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge her position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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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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