CSPC: Bruce Springsteen Popularity Analysis

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Page 4: Original Album Sales – Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
Page 5: Original Album Sales – The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973)
Page 6: Original Album Sales – Born to Run (1975)
Page 7: Original Album Sales – Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
Page 8: Original Album Sales – The River (1980)
Page 9: Original Album Sales – Nebraska (1982)
Page 10: Original Album Sales – Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
Page 11: Original Album Sales – Tunnel of Love (1987)
Page 12: Original Album Sales – Human Touch (1992)
Page 13: Original Album Sales – Lucky Town (1992)
Page 14: Original Album Sales – The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995)
Page 15: Original Album Sales – The Rising (2002)
Page 16: Original Album Sales – Devils & Dust (2005)
Page 17: Original Album Sales – We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006)
Page 18: Original Album Sales – Magic (2007)
Page 19: Original Album Sales – Working on a Dream (2009)
Page 20: Original Album Sales – Wrecking Ball (2012)
Page 21: Original Album Sales – High Hopes (2014)
Page 22: Original Album Sales – Comments
Page 23: Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 24: Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 25: Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 26: Physical Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 27: Physical Singles Sales – Part 5
Page 28: Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 29: Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 30: Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 31: Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 32: Streaming Sales – Part 1
Page 33: Streaming Sales – Part 2
Page 34: Streaming Sales – Part 3
Page 35: Streaming Sales – Part 4
Page 36: Streaming Sales – Part 5
Page 37: Streaming Sales – Part 6
Page 38: Streaming Sales – Part 7
Page 39: Streaming Sales – Part 8
Page 40: Streaming Sales – Part 9
Page 41: Remaining Long Format – Part 1 – Compilations 1
Page 42: Remaining Long Format – Part 2 – Compilations 2
Page 43: Remaining Long Format – Part 3 – Lives
Page 44: Remaining Long Format – Part 4 – Boxes & EPs
Page 45: Remaining Long Format – Part 5 – Music Videos
Page 46: Remaining Long Format – Summary
Page 47: BONUS: Compilation Album Sales – Live/1975-85 (1986)
Page 48: BONUS: Compilation Album Sales – Greatest Hits (1995)
Page 49: BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country
Page 50: CSPC Results
Page 51: Biggest Tracks
Page 52: Records & Achievements

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Innocent Eyes

You know me too well haha 😉

Well, I must admit that I found that 9xP cert. a bit fishy at first, particularly since it came so soon after the 4xP. I thought though that it may have been due to unaudited sales (a bit like how John Farnham’s Whispering Jack jumped from 17 to 24x Plat. from 1997 to 2006).

But your explanation does make sense and would perhaps explain why Greatest Hits has never been re-certified in the 2017 audit when Sony even updated his singles certs.

Innocent Eyes

Fantastic job MJD!

I was wondering though. Didn’t you make a slight mistake for Greatest Hits in Australia? You have it at 420,000 units but it was certified 9 x Platinum in 2009 (630,000 units). Given it’s been a solid catalog seller Down Under, I would expect it to be very close to 770,000 units.

What do you think?


This is very off-topic sorry, but what is your opinion on the new trend of claiming Chinese sales?

Like here

Are those real and reliable sales? Seems sketchy.


Hi! You wrote “With some 2,2 million album sales in Norway, he is also the all-time leader of the country among non-Scandinavian acts.”
Do you have a list of Best Selling “non-Scandinavian acts” in Norway?


Mmmhhhh… I can never to cheat you!
Ahahah! 🙂

In any case, great job, my friend!

Trond Grønvold

You’re doing a great job.
Love reading this kind of articles.

But, why don’t you post Norwegian stats??


One King, one Prince, one King of Pop, one Voice, one The Boss and one Queen.


Hey MJD,

Along with successful male artists, are you planning on studying Garth brooks? I’m pretty sure he has the most diamond certified albums in the US. It would be interesting to see how the country singer performed worldwide


Hey MJD! Great Job on this analysis of The Boss! I always wanted to know how big Born In The USA was since it produced 7 Top 10 hits in the US! Regarding that 1984 album, I expected album sales in the US higher (20m+). 16m is similar to what Prince sold there with Pruple Rain, right? Its sales outside that market, most notably Europe, is fantastic though! I never expected 8m+ in that continent! It did wonders in Oceania as well! Speaking of Europe, I’m positively surprised by how well Springsteen did there! Almost 50m+ albums sold is higher… Read more »

Gary Hudson

This is interesting as far as it goes, and represents a lot of hard work, but it’s not a measure of popularity, as claimed. It’s a sales chart, which does an admirable job of weighing the value of different formats, but there are other factors determining popularity, many of them subjective: for example, many people who bought Born in the USA believing (in a misguided Reagan/Mondale way) that it was tub-thumping patriotism rather than a more nuanced critique (!) don’t like Bruce any more because of his politics. The biggest factor missing from this analysis though is live ticket sales.… Read more »

Kurt m

Springsteen is 3rd in box office, behind only the Rolling Stones and possibly U2. Springsteen total concert gross is approximately $1.8 billion , not including over $100 million from broadway.


Please do prince.