CSPC: Bruce Springsteen Popularity Analysis

Bruce Springsteen CAREER CSPC RESULTS

The River

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

In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Born in the U.S.A. released in digital format sold the equivalent of 1,065,000 albums – 7,100,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

    • 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 1/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

So, is he really The Boss? The figures speak for themselves. Born In The U.S.A. is a gigantic sales beast, up to 47,4 million equivalent album sales overall. U2‘s The Joshua Tree and Bon Jovi‘s Slippery When Wet are the only albums from the 80s studied up to now with higher total sales. Both edge ahead with a tiny lead.

We can’t expect the remaining albums to be close to this monster. However, they still do wonders on their own. Born to Run is now close to 20 million equivalent album sales while The River is almost as big at 17,5 million.

After Tunnel of Love, on its way to break 10 million, there is a dozen of successful albums spread over 4 decades. Springsteen has yet to drop below 2 million sales with a studio album of new songs.

So many hit albums builds an impressive tally of 157 million equivalent album sales in total. This makes him the biggest solo male singer studied so far while we await the arrival of articles covering Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra and Elton John.

The following pages list his most successful songs as well as his records and achievements. 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 his position in the history of the music industry.

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

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

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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?

Anon.

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

Like here
https://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=121586&p=6501788&hilit=china#p6501788
https://www.ukmix.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=121586&p=6517071&hilit=china#p6517071

Are those real and reliable sales? Seems sketchy.

borderwolf

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?

borderwolf

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??

Dan

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

Brianna

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

Raffi

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.

Yog

Please do prince.

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