CSPC: Nirvana Popularity Analysis

Nirvana Career CSPC Results

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

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1BleachBleach10,074,0005,200,0003,768,00030,000
(100,000)
285,000
(1,900,000)
166,000
(07/09/17)
791,000
(05/17/22)
Av.: 350
LD: 630
10,074,000
2NevermindNevermind56,796,00027,750,00021,026,0001,077,000
(3,590,000)
2,070,000
(13,800,000)
1,007,000
(07/09/17)
4,873,000
(05/17/22)
Av.: 2,180
LD: 4,040
56,796,000
3InIn Utero20,172,00012,050,0005,780,00075,000
(250,000)
690,000
(4,600,000)
360,000
(07/09/17)
1,577,000
(05/17/22)
Av.: 690
LD: 1,260
20,172,000
4Orphan7,848,00007,076,00075,000
(250,000)
443,000
(2,950,000)
254,000
(07/09/17)
N/AN/A7,848,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 07/09/17.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

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 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

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This is it! Nevermind made it, crossing the mind blowing 50 million sales equivalent barrier. If nobody doubted this album was a very successful album, it is actually more than this, a true all-time blockbuster. It is only 300,000 sales away from the Bodyguard. A much bigger catalog seller on all fronts, the album will undoubtedly be #1 soon. The album recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. In fact, we will soon be able to say it is quite simply the most successful album that came out since its release.

In Utero will be up to the 20 million mark within a couple of years, while Bleach is pushing strong to get into the 10 million area. The Orphan Album is also a relevant segment of the band, once again mostly thanks to the MTV Unplugged In New-York album’s unreleased songs.

As for the band’s overall total, the cumulative tally of Nirvana is up to 89,2 million equivalent album sales, an unreal total for an act that issued the tiny number of three original albums.

The following pages list their most successful songs as well as their 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 their 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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divinedhammer

Streaming 6,316,000 (12/15/21) is right?

Bill

One of best catalogs ever. Even bands who have sold more don’t have Nirvana’s legacy. It will take time ,but one day will touch 100 million

Divinedhammer

Mtv Unplugged in New York is now 8 x platinum certification by RIAA. (24/02/2020)

Divinedhammer

So is there anybody who predict this band’s future will be bright???

Matrix

There is no bright side of the moon really. Matter of fact it’s all dark

divinedhammer

What do you mean?

Poppie

Why was the fall between nevermind and in utero so big? More than 60 percent. And in utero he had a great sales boost with the death of Kurt Cobain …

Nick

Poppie, it’s because Kurt Cobain really wasn’t happy with the success of Nevermind so he made a record that was intentionally more abrasive and un-mainstream.

SHH

I have a question for volume of With The Light Out.

I can remember some source with different soundscan Number of it. that number are 925,000(Wrong)-625,000 in Jan. 2007. 10 years have passed but still Soundscan may not collect whole box set format.

MJD, would you tell me the reason you know please. thanks.

Thomas Christiansen

Great job!

With only 3 regular studio albums and a bunch of post mortem releases it must have been some task to figure out which songs were orphans 🙂

Nevermind is a monster! I just finished my own update of Nirvana Spotify streaming figures and Nevermind is possibly the biggest pre-2000 Spotify album ever! It’s just a question of days before it crosses 1 billion plays ( 982.9 million on my count). Bigger than Metallica, Appetite for Destruction and even Thriller.

Thomas Christiansen

The smallest figure for a Nevermind track (not counting bonus tracks) is Stay Away: 13,624,000! This is insane. All 3 albums mentioned above have tracks <10,000,000. In fact Metallica and GnR each has a track <7,000,000 plays – half of Stay Away!!!
Back in Black looks pale with 4 tracks <6,000,000.
One factor could be the short career of Nirvana. Listeners of MJ, Metallica and AC/DC has sooo many eras to dig into, unlike Nirvana (and GnR…)

SHH

I think it’s depend on popularity. usually we would click our favorite things. Nirvana relese various albums with different songs.

Michael Munro

So, I think I understand most of the methods used here but there are two things that I require explaining. Firstly, on the Physical Singles Page (page 8) the song “About a Girl” has been listed under the Bleach studio album – there was no physical single of the Bleach version of this song. The physical single of the song “About a Girl” came from the Unplugged album. Secondly, on the same page physical sales are listed for the song “You Know You’re Right” and again there was never any physical retail single for the song “You Know You’re Right”,… Read more »

Pelvis

Well, I see that with the new update the Nirvana have increased by about 2 million albums sold equivalent, in fact last year were 87 million and today are 89 million.
Then I would like to know if U2 with the new updates the sales of their albums will be increased or decreased.

Marlon Serpa

MICHAEL JACKSON

Trish

What does MJ have to do with this? Annoying.

RyanS

Must agree it’s a little frustrating seeing Thriller in so many articles but still not having its CSPC! It must be over 80M, far and away the biggest ever!

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