CSPC: Bee Gees Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 5 – New Course

Main Course was a pivotal album in the career of the Bee Gees. After years of soft Rock tained Pop, the group started to switch into a Disco oriented sound from the mid-70s.

The impact was highly positive. Jive Talkin’ shot to #1 in the US, and while its streams at 8 million aren’t that good in comparison to such an initial reception, the trend had begun. Their next #1 smash, You Should Be Dancing, quickly confirmed it. This latter song has a solid tally of 17 million streams, nearly 10 times more than Love So Right which climbed to #3 in the US back in the day.

While the trend was good, the final tallies remain unimpressive with 16,000 equivalent album sales for Main Course and 22,000 for Children of the World.

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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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