CSPC: Bee Gees Popularity Analysis

Bee Gees Wall of Fame at Redcliffe, Queensland

Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Trafalgar (1971) – 723,000 equivalent albums

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart – 2,220,000
Don’t Wanna Live Inside Myself – 180,000
Israel – 10,000

To Whom It May Concern (1972) – 363,000 equivalent albums

Run to Me – 840,000
Alive – 370,000

Life in a Tin Can (1973) – 12,000 equivalent albums

Saw a New Morning – 40,000

The early 70s is really when the band’s popularity decelerated. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart was a huge global hit, selling an impressive 2,22 million units, although it wasn’t even issued in key markets like the UK, Germany, France or Japan.

Then Run To Me was not that big, but still an OK seller. The tough flop of the album Life in a Tin Can was validated on the singles front too with virtually no sales whatsoever.

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Giovanni Cuozzo

Great job!
Any chance to also include solo albums from Barry and Robin?
For sure they sell lesser than Bee Gees album, but I have never seen any estimation.

Juan Cristobal Guzman

The Top 100 Most Streamed Songs, By Decade in the USA
Stayin Alive the most Streamed song of the 70s in the US.
1950s Mack The Knife, Bobby Darin 24.03 M
1960s Hey Jude. The Beatles 84.74 M
1970s Stayin Alive The Bee Gees 244.37 M
1980s Billie Jean Michael Jackson 450.72 M
1990s I Will Always Love You, Whitney Houston 315.17 M
Source: On- Demand U.S Streams (Audio and video combined) According to Nielsen Music

Juan Cristobal Guzman

Stayin Alive has reached over 400 million views on YouTube since 2009

Joe Brennan

Collecting all the potential “feat” instances will be quite a task, so I will not expect it. You’ve already done a lot. Starters would be the Barry and Robin solo albums at least. Most of the “feat” I can think of would be just 1 or 2 brothers, so whether that counts as Bee Gees, I am just not sure. You have to draw a line somewhere. One thing I would have put in are the pre-1967 Australian albums, but since they were almost exclusive to Aus and sales were not much, they would not make much difference in what… Read more »

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