CSPC: Bee Gees Popularity Analysis

Bee Gees - 'Spirits Having Flown' 12" Vinyl (1979)

Physical Singles Sales – Part 5
Saturday Night Fever (1977) – 5,943,000 equivalent albums

Stayin’ Alive – 6,470,000
How Deep Is Your Love – 4,890,000
Night Fever -5,520,000
More Than a Woman – 20,000
(Yvonne Elliman) If I Can’t Have You – 2,360,000
(KC and the Sunshine Band) Boogie Shoes – 550,000

Spirits Having Flown (1979) – 3,951,000 equivalent albums

Tragedy – 5,050,000
Too Much Heaven – 5,640,000
Love You Inside Out – 2,360,000
Spirits (Having Flown) – 120,000

Living Eyes (1981) – 258,000 equivalent albums

Living Eyes – 290,000
He’s a Liar – 570,000

At 4,89 million, How Deep Is Your Love is the weakest seller of the five classics from `’77 – ’81. This shows how utterly massive they were at the time. All four of Stayin’ Alive, Night Fever, Tragedy and Too Much Heaven moved over 5 million units.

So far, the only album which generated more than 15 million singles sales is the 1978 RSO Soundtrack Grease at 24,4 million. It was alone in this stratosphere up to now, but Saturday Night Fever comes close at 19,8 million. Please note this tally includes 2,91 million sales which do not belong to the Bee Gees, while it excludes sales of hits part of the track list, but which were released years before, like the group’s own Jive Talkin’ and You Should Be Dancing.

Among non-Soundtracks, the biggest album studied so far is Make It Big by Wham!, an album in which its singles sold 14,4 million units. Spirits Having Flown at 13,17 million takes the runner up spot.

Superb results for those two albums imply absolute disaster for an album responsible for a mere 860,000 singles a couple of years later. That’s how terrible Living Eyes did.

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MJD, is there any particular reason why disco acts like Bee Gees or ABBA has pretty strong streamings yet somebody who is known as the biggest Disco singer of that era like Donna Summer seems to have very weak streams. I always wonder.


Thank you MJD. I guess it make sense. Often times this Queen Of… makes you think they are bigger than people thought they are when it is not always the case.

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 »