CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 3

Both #1 hits from Off The Wall have well over 50 million streams on Spotify and 100 million on YouTube. The remaining two Top 10 hits are over 14 million on both platforms. Those results are impressive, even more impressive are the insane streaming figures of every album track. All the songs are over 2,5 million on Spotify and Working Day And Night has a stunning 12 million, an album track with more streams than many #1s from its era. This great showing is worth 241,000 equivalent album sales for Off The Wall.

With Thriller, we enter uncharted territory. A territory where 3 35-years old songs can be well over 100 million streams on Spotify with one on 267 million. A territory where those 3 songs can combined for 1,9 billion views on YouTube. A territory where 4 more singles can average 48 million Spotify spins. A territory where both album tracks are on their way to hitting 10 million. If Thriller was the hottest album out there in 1983, it remains the hottest LP of its era up to this day with streams worth almost 1 million album sales.

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Thomas Christiansen

“Billie Jean” recently topped 1 Billion plays on Spotify!!!

993,017,697 + 3,798,470 + 2,500,913 + 1,274,583 + 47,353 = 1,000,639,016

A huge achievement from this 39 year old Pop classic!

Lim Hyunjin

A few days ago, Billie Jean was predicted to be played 1 billion on spotify.

Billie Jean is a very important song in the history of popular music.

I listen to Billie Jean every day.

Last edited 22 days ago by Lim Hyunjin
worldcitizen

How much did We Are The World sell? It was hugely successful and The New York Times reported it as the best-selling single of the 80s.

Christopher Porter

Orphan is not a Michael Jackson album

AndrewMark

Orphan means songs that are not included in his studio albums.

AhsokaAhsokaA

Hi, do we know how much “Thriller 25” sold since 2009 please?

Thomas Christiansen

“Beat It” is the 2nd track from “Thriller” to pass 500M streams on Spotify! It’s the 6th pre-2000 album to achieve this. Here are the top 5 albums based on their 2nd biggest track, all 5 are Hard Rock albums btw. Biggest 2nd track race: 1. Nirvana “Come As You Are” (“Nevermind” – 1991) – 617.2M 2. Metallica “Nothing Else Matters” (“Metallica” – 1991) – 595.2M 3. Guns ‘N Roses “Welcome to the Jungle” (“Appetite for Destruction” – 1987) – 578.6M 4. Bon Jovi “You Give Love A Bad Name” (“Slippery When Wet” – 1986) – 509.9M 5. AC/DC “You… Read more »

Maybe you’re wondering why Queen are missing from these lists, after all they are arguably the true streaming masters among 20th century artists. But the reason is that their top SEVEN tracks on Spotify are from seven different albums! Amazing actually. Their #8 track “We are the Champions” is the 2nd biggest track on “News of the World” with 480.7M, and rank #9 in the “Biggest 2nd track race”. And what about other 20th century artists with huge Spotify tracks, like Oasis, Mariah Carey, Journey, Toto, A-ha, the Eagles, Earth Wind & Fire and the Police? Well, while hardly one-hit-wonders,… Read more »

Clockingbell

Thanks! I love these lists!

sagaidachniy

thanks!!!

ZZZ

Will you do an update soon? This article was over 3 years ago.

HARSHIT KUMAR PATNAIK

His sales in Japan seem relatively weak for his overall Asai sales ..any reason?

Al

It’s not that they’re weak there, he’s among the very top international sellers in Japan. It’s just that his sales in places like China, India, Taiwan and South Korea were utter massive and unmatched by any other western act at his time. You could argue he was the first western artist to ever break into the mainstream in some of these countries.

Jake

How did Madonna issue albums in a much more favourable era?

She had her peak with him and they both released albums in late 90s and early 2000s, Madonna released more.

Jake

Didn’t most of Madonna albums flop in the 90s? She just had one successful album with Ray of Light!

Last edited 1 year ago by PeterH
César

I don’t think an average of 10.3 million in the 90’s (without Ray of Light) is a flop 😗. Don’t confuse a flop with not being as ridiculously huge she was in the 80’s.

Jake

Average of 10 million?

Immaculate Collection is a compilation, it doesn’t count.

None of her albums except ROL sold 10 million in 90s.

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