CSPC: Bee Gees Popularity Analysis

Remaining Long Format Part 3 – Major Compilation 2

It is impossible to continue doubting of the overwhelming strength of Saturday Night Fever. The Soundtrack is responsible of roughly 70% of each compilation attractiveness that came out after it.

During the Grease study, I pointed out how Saturday Night Fever outsold by various millions Grease during their first year and how Saturday Night Fever hits perform much better on streaming as well. If the Bee Gees led album was bigger upon release and bigger in the long run, it was some kind of anomaly to see that in pure album sales, Grease is now ahead. The reason of that situation was pointed out – the fact that since Grease leading artist was the non-singer John Travolta, no greatest hits type album ever replaced the original soundtrack which thus enjoyed notable catalog sales. On its side, Saturday Night Fever was cannibalized by all Bee Gees compilations that have been sold from as soon as 1979 with Greatest.

The table from this page alone clearly proves this fact. From those three sets only, Saturday Night Fever created more than 10 million sales! This is far from being over as plenty more compilations are yet to come…

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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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