CSPC: Madonna Popularity Analysis

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BIGGEST TRACKS – Madonna

The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales, and with appropriate weighting too, plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1. 1989 – Like A Prayer [Like A Prayer] – 18,550,000
2. 1984 – Like A Virgin [Like A Virgin] – 15,210,000
3. 1986 – La Isla Bonita [True Blue] – 14,160,000
4. 1984 – Material Girl [Like A Virgin] – 12,550,000
5. 1990 – Vogue [I’m Breathless] – 11,790,000
6. 1983 – Holiday [Madonna] – 9,310,000
7. 1984 – Into The Groove [Like A Virgin] – 8,860,000
8. 1986 – Papa Don’t Preach [True Blue] – 8,460,000
9. 1998 – Frozen [Ray Of Light] – 8,340,000
10. 2005 – Hung Up [Confessions On A Dance Floor] – 7,470,000
11. 2000 – Music [Music] – 6,470,000
12. 1986 – Live To Tell [True Blue] – 6,440,000
13. 1998 – Ray Of Light [Ray Of Light] – 5,720,000
14. 1994 – Take A Bow [Bedtime Stories] – 5,420,000
15. 1985 – Crazy for You [Orphan] – 4,660,000
16. 1987 – Who’s That Girl [Who’s That Girl] – 4,620,000
17. 1986 – Open Your Heart [True Blue] – 4,440,000
18. 1983 – Borderline [Madonna] – 3,670,000
19. 2008 – 4 Minutes [Hard Candy] – 3,570,000
20. 1989 – Express Yourself [Like A Prayer] – 3,450,000
21. 1983 – Lucky Star [Madonna] – 3,010,000
22. 1992 – Erotica [Erotica] – 2,960,000
23. 2000 – Don’t Tell Me [Music] – 2,930,000
24. 1998 – The Power of Good-Bye [Ray Of Light] – 2,920,000
25. 1996 – Don’t Cry For Me Argentina [Evita] – 2,740,000
26. 1994 – Secret [Bedtime Stories] – 2,690,000
27. 1992 – Rain [Erotica] – 2,530,000
28. 1986 – True Blue [True Blue] – 2,400,000
29. 2000 – American Pie [Music] – 2,310,000
30. 2002 – Die Another Day [American Life] – 1,880,000
31. 1994 – Human Nature [Bedtime Stories] – 1,790,000
32. 1989 – Cherish [Like A Prayer] – 1,710,000
33. 2005 – Sorry [Confessions On A Dance Floor] – 1,610,000
34. 1984 – Dress You Up [Like A Virgin] – 1,380,000
35. 1987 – Causing A Commotion [Who’s That Girl] – 1,260,000
36. 1990 – Justify My Love [Orphan] – 1,240,000
37. 1992 – Deeper And Deeper [Erotica] – 1,230,000
38. 1982 – Everybody [Madonna] – 1,110,000
39. 1998 – Nothing Really Matters [Ray Of Light] – 1,060,000
40. 2000 – What It Feels Like For A Girl [Music] – 960,000

If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC Madonna playlist on Spotify!

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ChartGeek

Your numbers for sales before 2010 are so incomplete! I can’t believe you’re spreading false information this way! Some of Madonna physical singles even sold twice what you wrote they did! You should really contact her Record Labels to get the real info but not sure they have it available to get it to you (if they are lazy to even re-certify albums that sold multiple platinums more in some countries (for over 3 decades) I wouldn’t be that helpfull. Some of your single sales for Madonna are just US + UK and a little more sales (when those singles… Read more »

Kris

Why don’t you post your sources for these sales? If you have the “correct” information, then provide the sources to back it up.

Dimitris

Imo LIB was the most commercially successful Madonna single. Although it was released as the 5th single of the album, it managed to outsell all previously released with the exception of PDP which was released before the album release, which obviously boosted sales. Had it been the other way around, I believe the numbers would be like more than 5m for LIB and about 2 m for PDP. And if one takes into consideration that LIB, a summer anthem, as the 2nd single would be released in the beginning of summer 1986 and not in February, or the fact that… Read more »

Tony

She’s a spent force , get over it. Most successful single of all time ? Your having a laugh l😂 😂😂😂😂😂😂

TapestryCK

He said La Isla Bonita is Madonna’s most successful single, Not all time best.
You ARE SO BIASED!

Martin

Maybe that’s what he meant but the last paragraph does state “the most commercially successful single of all time”, not her most successful.

Last edited 1 month ago by Martin
Ignacio

After reading Madonna’s popularity analisys, the first thought I have is what if Youtube and Spotify would be exist since 1985, and the instant reply is that she would be still the biggest female artist of all times, easily in the top 3. Beside, she is the most pirated artist in all times (leaked albums, black market, piracy), countless unofficial channels in Youtube with her videos, shows, performances with dismissed views, etc.

Gabriel

Are you guys including the new versions of Frozen’s remixes in the Ray Of Light EAS? The song became viral on tik tok and she took advantage and realeased A LOT of versions. YOUTUBE: Madonna Vs Sickick – Frozen (feat. 070 Shake) 1,4 Milion Madonna Vs Sickick – Frozen (Firebou DML Remix) 7 milion Madonna – Frozen (Sickick Remix) | Circles Bob – Frozen (TikTok Remix) 11 milioon Madonna Vs. Sickick – Frozen (Sickick Remix) 8,3 milion Madonna Vs. Sickick – Frozen Remix – 2,7 milion = 30,4 milion on youtube One version of these on Spotify has more than… Read more »

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