CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

Pink Floyd Career CSPC Results

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So, after checking all the figures how many overall equivalent album sales has each Pink Floyd album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1TheThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn5,535,0002,450,0002,932,00015,000
(50,000)
45,000
(300,000)
24,000
(06/18/17)
93,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 40
LD: 50
5,535,000
2AA Saucerful of Secrets4,895,0001,900,0002,908,00015,000
(50,000)
23,000
(150,000)
11,000
(06/18/17)
49,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
4,895,000
3MoreMore3,153,0002,700,000378,00015,000
(50,000)
15,000
(100,000)
9,000
(06/18/17)
45,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 20
LD: 30
3,153,000
4UmmagummaUmmagumma5,262,0005,050,000187,0000
(0)
8,000
(50,000)
5,000
(06/18/17)
17,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 10
LD: 10
5,262,000
5AtomAtom Heart Mother5,963,0005,700,000189,0000
(0)
23,000
(150,000)
10,000
(06/18/17)
51,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
5,963,000
6MeddleMeddle10,455,0007,950,0002,200,00015,000
(50,000)
75,000
(500,000)
33,000
(06/18/17)
215,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 120
LD: 150
10,455,000
7ObscuredObscured by Clouds3,916,0003,600,000214,0003,000
(10,000)
30,000
(200,000)
15,000
(06/18/17)
69,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 30
LD: 50
3,916,000
8TheThe Dark Side of the Moon57,254,00043,300,00011,027,000282,000
(940,000)
795,000
(5,300,000)
392,000
(06/18/17)
1,850,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 920
LD: 1,020
57,254,000
9WishWish You Were Here33,542,00022,300,0009,251,00011,000
(37,000)
645,000
(4,300,000)
255,000
(06/18/17)
1,335,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 680
LD: 3,310
33,542,000
10AnimalsAnimals13,152,00012,150,000734,0006,000
(20,000)
75,000
(500,000)
35,000
(06/18/17)
187,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 100
LD: 110
13,152,000
11TheThe Wall52,327,00031,300,00015,459,0001,823,000
(6,077,000)
1,200,000
(8,000,000)
527,000
(06/18/17)
2,545,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 1,270
LD: -53,660
52,327,000
12TheThe Final Cut7,435,0006,800,000415,00045,000
(150,000)
60,000
(400,000)
31,000
(06/18/17)
115,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 50
LD: 60
7,435,000
13AA Momentary Lapse of Reason12,496,00010,200,0001,822,00084,000
(280,000)
165,000
(1,100,000)
63,000
(06/18/17)
225,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 100
LD: 130
12,496,000
14TheThe Division Bell13,618,00011,550,0001,194,000143,000
(477,000)
195,000
(1,300,000)
109,000
(06/18/17)
536,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 270
LD: 310
13,618,000
15TheThe Endless River2,956,0002,650,00000
(0)
90,000
(600,000)
107,000
(06/18/17)
216,000
(10/19/21)
Av.: 70
LD: 40
2,956,000
16Orphan3,389,00003,115,000183,000
(610,000)
60,000
(400,000)
31,000
(06/18/17)
N/AN/A3,389,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 06/18/17.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


Albums from the late 60s selling 5 million units are huge albums. This is true if we look only at the pure album format. Now that we mentioned it, we need to check carefully additional information. Albums like Atom Heart Mother or Ummagumma built solid sales over the years, but outside the main format they created close to no value to the band’s catalog. Thus, the total CSPC isn’t much higher at also around 5 million equivalent album sales. If we look at the Rolling Stones for example, Aftermath and Beggars Banquet sold 4 million units each in pure album sales, but their overall totals combine for a massive 35 million. In concrete words, even if sales of Pink Floyd‘s albums pre-1973 are solid, they aren’t as big as they seem with decent catalog sales being the result of the absence of cannibalization from compilations.

Nothing can be said against the big 3 though. It is already an absolutely unbelievable feat to reach 50 million with one album, let alone doing it with two. Although The Wall doesn’t quite catch Dark Side of the Moon (55,8 million), it is an unstoppable machine itself at 50,3 million. Whilst Dark Side Of The Moon sold 8,5 million more physical copies of the original album than Saturday Night Fever, it falls 10,9 million short in terms of overall performance. Still, 55,8 million puts it in a very restricted league. Below is the Top 5 albums out of all the previously posted articles:

1 1977 Soundtrack / Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever – 66,705,000
2 1977 Fleetwood MacRumours – 60,508,000
3 1971 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV – 56,573,000
4 1973 Pink FloydDark Side of the Moon – 55,796,000
5 1992 Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard – 53,231,000

Overall, Pink Floyd sold 229,4 million equivalent album sales, a figure out of reach for all but a handful of artists.

The following pages list their most successful songs. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Billboard, Musica e Dischi, Guinness Book of Records, New York Times, JimmyPages59, Chartmasters.org.

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

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