CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 4

Expectedly, the Dark Side of the Moon shows a huge improvement upon previous albums. Released in 1973, all the songs on the album are past 15 million Spotify streams, a pretty amazing feat. Money is the leading song at 78 million, followed by Time at 52 million. Overall, the album has 392,000 equivalent album sales. While absolutely great for such an old LP, it is rather far from the 00s biggest albums from the likes Coldplay or Eminem.

Impressively, the song Wish You Were Here has 125 million streams on Spotify and 393 million on YouTube. The album as a whole is on 255,000 equivalent album sales, severely suffering from the length of all songs which last from 5 to 13 minutes each.

Animals suffers from the same problem with 3 songs surpassing the 10 minutes mark, but nowhere near the same appeal with only 35,000 equivalent album sales.

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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.