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 Me30,741,0005,900,00021,147,0002,535,000
(8,450,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
108,000
(03/01/17)
799,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 410
LD: 460
30,741,000
2WithWith the Beatles14,452,0005,850,0007,872,000255,000
(850,000)
135,000
(900,000)
37,000
(03/01/17)
340,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 180
LD: 220
14,452,000
3AA Hard Day's Night26,364,0009,350,00015,367,000840,000
(2,800,000)
251,000
(1,670,000)
78,000
(03/01/17)
556,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 280
LD: 330
26,364,000
4BeatlesBeatles for Sale17,139,0005,650,0008,178,0002,955,000
(9,850,000)
113,000
(750,000)
38,000
(03/01/17)
243,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 120
LD: 140
17,139,000
5Help!Help!34,048,0009,850,00019,465,0003,345,000
(11,150,000)
409,000
(2,730,000)
125,000
(03/01/17)
979,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 500
LD: 610
34,048,000
6RubberRubber Soul23,764,00014,400,0007,508,000720,000
(2,400,000)
360,000
(2,400,000)
99,000
(03/01/17)
776,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 400
LD: 490
23,764,000
7RevolverRevolver24,254,00012,450,0009,494,0001,320,000
(4,400,000)
304,000
(2,030,000)
104,000
(03/01/17)
686,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 340
LD: 420
24,254,000
8Sgt.Sgt. Pepper?s Lonely Hearts Club Band32,039,00024,800,0006,112,00075,000
(250,000)
379,000
(2,530,000)
95,000
(03/01/17)
673,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 340
LD: 370
32,039,000
9MagicalMagical Mystery Tour29,391,00010,600,00014,347,0003,345,000
(11,150,000)
386,000
(2,570,000)
114,000
(03/01/17)
713,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 350
LD: 400
29,391,000
10TheThe Beatles (White Album)29,336,00019,000,0007,824,000450,000
(1,500,000)
664,000
(4,430,000)
178,000
(03/01/17)
1,398,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 720
LD: 810
29,336,000
11YellowYellow Submarine5,189,0004,200,000567,00030,000
(100,000)
68,000
(450,000)
15,000
(03/01/17)
324,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 180
LD: 150
5,189,000
12AbbeyAbbey Road44,976,00026,700,00014,315,0001,185,000
(3,950,000)
731,000
(4,870,000)
240,000
(03/01/17)
2,045,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 1,070
LD: 1,210
44,976,000
13LetLet It Be33,635,00011,900,00018,296,0002,085,000
(6,950,000)
510,000
(3,400,000)
133,000
(03/01/17)
844,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 420
LD: 520
33,635,000
14Orphan69,421,000052,900,00015,683,000
(52,277,000)
615,000
(4,100,000)
223,000
(03/01/17)
N/AN/A69,421,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 03/01/17.
'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 1/11750 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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Carmen T

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No wonder they are not considered one of the best groups ever, BUT THE BEST:)
Three things in this world that is precious, and we are lucky to enjoy.
The Environment, Animals, Beatles

Sonique

Is it true that data from other markets such as USSR/Russia and Philippines are still needed to be added in The Beatles sales? And will you pls confirm if Long Tall Sally sales were already included in your analysis or is that part still missing?

Thank you!

Sonique

MARTIN!!!!!!!! 😍😍

or MJD

Martin

No, data from those markets has been accounted for. When an update is performed, we will look to see if any additional information/knowledge has come to light, which certainly has with regards to the USSR and adjusted numbers accordingly.

Not sure what you mean, with regards to LTS.

Last edited 2 months ago by Martin
Sonique

Martin, thank you 😍 🤗

Sonique

What do you mean by it will probably downgrade their traditional albums? Can you please elaborate on this? Will it not increase their CSPS since sales were missing from these countries?

Thank you, MJD 😍

Sonique

So the missing data would not increase their sales but to allocate them properly?

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