CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
The Final Cut (1983) – 45,000 equivalent albums

When the Tigers Broke Free – 70,000
Not Now John – 80,000

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) – 84,000 equivalent albums

Learning To Fly – 170,000
One Slip – 40,000
On the Turning Away – 70,000

The Division Bell (1994) – 143,000 equivalent albums

Take It Back – 240,000
Keep Talking – 25,000
High Hopes – 210,000

Orphan – 183,000 equivalent albums

Arnold Layne – 140,000
See Emily Play – 330,000
Apples and Oranges – 50,000
It Would Be So Nice – 50,000
Julia Dream – 30,000
Point Me at the Sky – 10,000

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Just out of interest, after Queen, Michael Jackson and The Beatles, are Pink Floyd the biggest selling album artist (all types) in Europe?


Yes, just above Madonna, who obviously sold much more singles.


I wonder how much Abba and U2 are separated from this top 5


ABBA would be #6 with around 70m albums sold (Pink Floyd sold 82m), U2 sold maybe 67m, less than the Stones.


According to Chartmasters – sales in Europe:

Queen – 97,259,000
MJ – 90,730,000
The Beatles – 86,230,000
Pink Floyd – 80,780,000
Madonna – 79,330,000
Rolling Stones – ~70m
Elvis – 58,445,000
Elton John – 53,790,000
U2 – unclear (not in the analysis)
Rod Stewart – 52,348,500
AC/DC – 50,810,000


I think you missed some artists, like Phil Collins (61 m), or 2016 researched Abba and Celine Dion, whose exact Europe totals I can’t discover here, as well as those of the Rolling Stones


Céline Dion sold over 60m albums in Europe, the Stones around 69m. Dan’s list is missing a bunch of acts indeed (Dire Straits, Johnny Hallyday…etc.) and I’ve no idea why he put U2 beneath Elton John…


Thanks! Missed Johnny Halliday myself…


Robbie Williams low 50ms also.


Has the album ‘Wish You Were Here’ lost about a million or so EAS recently?


Pink Floyd are the one of two artists to have two 50+ million albums each. The another one is Michael Jackson.