CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

Pink Floyd In SL

Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
The Wall (1979) – 1,200,000 equivalent albums

Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) – 2,400,000
Hey You – 1,100,000
Comfortably Numb – 2,000,000
Proper Education (remix of Another Brick in the Wall (Part II))- 300,000
Remaining tracks – 2,200,000

The Final Cut (1983) – 60,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 400,000

A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987) – 165,000 equivalent albums

Learning To Fly – 500,000
On the Turning Away – 100,000
Sorrow – 100,000
Remaining tracks – 400,000

With combined sales of 8 million tracks, The Wall is easily the biggest album in this format. It achieved this result thanks to its three million sellers, Another Brick in the Wall (Part II), Comfortably Numb and Hey You. 

Songs from the following albums haven’t caused much of an impact, although Learning To Fly remains relevant to this day.

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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.