CSPC: Bruce Springsteen Popularity Analysis
Original Album Sales – Comments
1973 Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. – 3,950,000
1973 The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle – 3,550,000
1975 Born to Run – 10,700,000
1978 Darkness on the Edge of Town – 5,700,000
1980 The River – 10,050,000
1982 Nebraska – 4,200,000
1984 Born in the U.S.A. – 29,300,000
1987 Tunnel of Love – 8,350,000
1992 Human Touch – 4,600,000
1992 Lucky Town – 3,700,000
1995 The Ghost of Tom Joad – 2,850,000
2002 The Rising – 5,000,000
2005 Devils & Dust – 1,950,000
2006 We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions – 2,050,000
2007 Magic – 2,750,000
2009 Working on a Dream – 1,950,000
2012 Wrecking Ball – 1,750,000
2014 High Hopes – 1,000,000
How many artists can claim studio album sales of over 100 million units? The Boss is one of them with a total of 103,4 million albums sold. The high point is obviously Born In The U.S.A. which is closing in on 30 million copies sold.
This 1984 blockbuster also accelerated the entire catalog of the artist, while also creating high expectations for following LPs. Tunnel of Love proved that Springsteen wasn’t going to remain one of the very top sellers like Michael Jackson or Phil Collins. After this though, the next 25 years were incredibly consistent for him.
In fact, High Hopes at 1 million units is his only album under 1,75 million. That figure is easily explained by the drop of the market and by its track list as it contains outtakes and re-recording of some old songs, making its sales good after taking everything into consideration.
However, Springsteen hasn’t been that strong in Latin America and Asia, making his sales all the more impressive. Up to this day, all his albums are surefire #1s in most European markets. This highlights the unbelievable strength of his fan base, especially 44 years after his debut album.
His sales aren’t only the result of a loyal fan base though, his two early classic albums Born To Run and The River are now over 10 million copies sold.