CSPC: Nirvana Popularity Analysis

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Streaming Sales

Streaming is made up of two families – audio and video. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. As detailed in the Fixing Log article, Spotify represents 132 million of the 212 million users of streaming platforms, while YouTube is pretty much the only video platform generating some revenue for the industry. Below is the equivalence set on the aforementioned article:

Audio Stream – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Thus…

Equivalent Albums Sales = 212/132 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750

Streaming Part 1

As incredible as it may seem, even tracks like About A Girl or In Bloom are higher than anything Madonna released prior streaming years. This fact highlights how strong Nirvana‘s discography is on the Spotify platform. The song Smells Like Teen Spirit is the third biggest pre-2000 song overall at 278 million, a terrific achievement. Come As You Are is up to 180 million, while Lithium cracks 100 million too. Every track from the original Nevermind album is well over 10 million Spotify streams.

The band’s views on YouTube are just as extraordinary. They are also led by Smells Like Teen Spirit at a massive 689 million.

In terms of equivalent album sales, Bleach‘s streams  result in a solid 166,000 equivalent album units sold, while Nevermind has a monster result in more than 1 million units!

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Thomas Christiansen

Is there SOMETHING IN THE WAY?!!! This year the Nirvana classic got hyped by the new Batman movie. It set the perfect soundtrack to the moody feeling of the movie. And a whole new audience was introduced to Nirvana. See how “Something” has climbed the Nevermind ranking this year. Top 6 Nevermind tracks on Spotify as of jan. 1st 2022: 1 Smells Like Teen Spirit – 1,178.4M 2 Come As You Are – 793.4M 3 Lithium – 380.4M 4 In Bloom – 194.4M 5 Polly – 133.3M 6 Something in the Way – 125.8M Top 6 Nevermind tracks on Spotify… Read more »

Analord

Also, Nevermind’s least streamed song (On A Plain) just reached 50m streams, the only pre-2000 album with more streams being of course Dark Side Of The Moon (76m).

Analord

Actually I can’t think of a pre-2010 album with its least streamed song at 50m+, there’s definitely one in 2010 (Kanye’s Twisted Fantasy, 65m).

Smiley

Hello, MJD.

Is there a similar glitch present on some tracks on ‘Wish You Were Here’?

I seem to recall the album being around 34 million EAS a short time ago but it now seems to be registering a million or so fewer than this?

Martin

Yes same issue and The Wall, think maybe same happens to MJs Off The Wall as well, as its daily streams are quite different some days.

Al

streams of WYWH, the song got split into 2 versions recently. The one on the album we use for CSPC went down to 169m. I recently switched it to a version that have the 538m version plus a few live takes for the streaming ranking. But it hasn’t been fixed for CSPC yet.

Analord

I mentioned it above actually, also I would say 76m because Eclipse isn’t quite a “song” imo, my definition would be at least 2 minutes long tracks (Eclipse lasts over 2min but the last 40sec are essentially blank).

Thomas Christiansen

Yes, now there seems to be a playable 1:54 min. 2011 remastered version with 21.469.766 plays.
And a non-playable 2:10 version with 61.708.535 plays.
I suspect the former number used to be included in the latter. We probably shouldn’t combine the two for at total of 83M+

Tricky. In other cases I would have combined the figures without hesitation!!

divinedhammer

hello MJDangerous, what happend to Streaming statistics?
8,960,000? diminished now?