CSPC: Bruce Springsteen Popularity Analysis

Bruce Springsteen new single artwork -We Take Care Of Our Own - Jan. 19 ,2012

Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995) – 53,000 equivalent albums

The Ghost of Tom Joad – 250,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

The Rising (2002) – 150,000 equivalent albums

Waitin’ on a Sunny Day – 400,000
The Rising – 300,000
Remaining tracks – 300,000

Devils & Dust (2005) – 38,000 equivalent albums

Devils & Dust – 150,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (2006) – 60,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 400,000

Magic (2007) – 75,000 equivalent albums

Radio Nowhere – 300,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

Working on a Dream (2009) – 120,000 equivalent albums

Working on a Dream – 250,000
The Wrestler – 250,000
Remaining tracks – 300,000

Wrecking Ball (2012) – 98,000 equivalent albums

We Take Care of Our Own – 250,000
Remaining tracks – 400,000

High Hopes (2014) – 38,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 250,000

Orphan – 555,000 equivalent albums

Fire – 150,000
Because the Night – 200,000
Streets of Philadelphia – 1,000,000
Secret Garden – 200,000
Merry Christmas Baby – 250,000
Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town – 1,300,000
Remaining tracks – 600,000

Once again no real hit from his latter studio albums, although post-2005 LPs benefited from the digital era to sell a few more units.

A new unexpected hit emerges from the Orphan category with Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town at 1,300,000 downloads. This song is lower than the likes of All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey or Last Christmas by Wham!, but it is easily among the Top 50 ever in the best selling Holiday songs.

All in all, Springsteen sold over 25 million downloads.

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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.