CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Page 4: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Got to Be There (1972)
Page 5: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Ben (1972)
Page 6: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Music & Me (1973)
Page 7: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Forever Michael (1975)
Page 8: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Off the Wall (1979)
Page 9: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Thriller (1982)
Page 10: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Bad (1987)
Page 11: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Dangerous (1991)
Page 12: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (1995)
Page 13: Original Album Sales (Jackson 5) – Invincible (2001)
Page 14: Original Album Sales (The Jacksons) – Michael (2010)
Page 15: Original Album Sales (The Jacksons) – Xscape (2014)
Page 16: Original Album Sales – Comments
Page 17: Physical Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 18: Physical Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 19: Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 20: Digital Singles Sales – Part 1
Page 21: Digital Singles Sales – Part 2
Page 22: Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
Page 23: Digital Singles Sales – Part 4
Page 24: Streaming Sales – Part 1
Page 25: Streaming Sales – Part 2
Page 26: Streaming Sales – Part 3
Page 27: Streaming Sales – Part 4
Page 28: Streaming Sales – Part 5
Page 29: Streaming Sales – Part 6
Page 30: Streaming Sales – Part 7
Page 31: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 1
Page 32: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 2
Page 33: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 3
Page 34: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 4
Page 35: Remaining Long Format – Compilations 5
Page 36: Remaining Long Format – Live / Remix / OST
Page 37: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets
Page 38: Remaining Long Format – Music Videos 1
Page 39: Remaining Long Format – Music Videos 2
Page 40: Remaining Long Format – Summary
Page 41: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – Blood On The Dance Floor (1997)
Page 42: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – Greatest Hits: HIStory Volume 1 (2001)
Page 43: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – Number Ones (2003)
Page 44: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – The Essential (2005)
Page 45: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – King of Pop (2008)
Page 46: BONUS – Compilation Albums Sales – This Is It (2009)
Page 47: BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country
Page 48: CSPC Results
Page 49: Biggest Tracks
Page 50: Achievements

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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

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


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


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 »


Thanks! I love these lists!




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


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


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.


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.


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

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.


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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