CSPC: Pink Floyd Popularity Analysis

Another Brick in the Wall

BIGGEST TRACKS – Pink Floyd

The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales, and with appropriate weighting too, plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1 1975 – Wish You Were Here [Wish You Were Here] – 22,260,000
2 1979 – Another Brick in the Wall (Part II) [The Wall] – 16,700,000
3 1973 – Money [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 14,130,000
4 1979 – Comfortably Numb [The Wall] – 10,740,000
5 1973 – Time [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 9,170,000
6 1973 – Breathe [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 6,220,000
7 1975 – Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I–V) [Wish You Were Here] – 6,110,000
8 1973 – The Great Gig in the Sky [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 5,750,000
9 1987 – Learning to Fly [A Momentary Lapse of Reason] – 5,550,000
10 1979 – Hey You [The Wall] – 4,900,000
11 1973 – Us and Them [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 4,450,000
12 1973 – Brain Damage [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 3,760,000
13 1994 – High Hopes [The Division Bell] – 3,640,000
14 1971 – Echoes [Meddle] – 3,460,000
15 1977 – Dogs [Animals] – 3,290,000
16 1977 – Pigs (Three Different Ones) [Animals] – 3,080,000
17 1973 – Speak to Me [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 3,070,000
18 1971 – One of These Days [Meddle] – 3,040,000
19 1977 – Sheep [Animals] – 2,800,000
20 1973 – On the Run [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 2,760,000
21 1973 – Any Colour You Like [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 2,590,000
22 1973 – Eclipse [The Dark Side of the Moon] – 2,540,000
23 1977 – Pigs on the Wing 1 [Animals] – 2,460,000
24 1987 – Sorrow [A Momentary Lapse of Reason] – 2,060,000
25 1975 – Have a Cigar [Wish You Were Here] – 1,960,000
26 1971 – Fearless [Meddle] – 1,840,000
27 1994 – Coming Back to Life [The Division Bell] – 1,810,000
28 1967 – Astronomy Domine [The Piper at the Gates of Dawn] – 1,730,000
29 1970 – Atom Heart Mother [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,700,000
30 1968 – Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun [A Saucerful of Secrets] – 1,640,000
31 1969 – Grantchester Meadows [Ummagumma] – 1,560,000
32 1967 – See Emily Play [Orphan] – 1,480,000
32 1987 – On the Turning Away [A Momentary Lapse of Reason] – 1,480,000
34 1983 – The Fletcher Memorial Home [The Final Cut] – 1,460,000
35 1979 – Mother [The Wall] – 1,400,000
36 1994 – Marooned [The Division Bell] – 1,380,000
37 1977 – Pigs on the Wing 2 [Animals] – 1,370,000
38 1970 – Fat Old Sun [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,300,000
39 1979 – The Happiest Days of Our Lives [The Wall] – 1,280,000
40 1979 – Another Brick in the Wall (Part I) [The Wall] – 1,270,000
41 1979 – Run Like Hell [The Wall] – 1,230,000
42 1994 – What Do You Want from Me [The Division Bell] – 1,200,000
42 1994 – Keep Talking [The Division Bell] – 1,200,000
44 1970 – If [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,130,000
44 1975 – Welcome to the Machine [Wish You Were Here] – 1,130,000
46 1967 – Interstellar Overdrive [The Piper at the Gates of Dawn] – 1,100,000
47 1970 – Summer ’68 [Atom Heart Mother] – 1,090,000
48 1994 – A Great Day for Freedom [The Division Bell] – 910,000
49 1979 – Goodbye Blue Sky [The Wall] – 900,000
50 1979 – Young Lust [The Wall] – 850,000
50 1968 – Remember a Day [A Saucerful of Secrets] – 850,000

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Smiley

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

Analord

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

Clockingbell

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

Analord

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

Dan

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

Clockingbell

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

Analord

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…

Clockingbell

Thanks! Missed Johnny Halliday myself…

Martin

Robbie Williams low 50ms also.

Smiley

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

Matrix

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