CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis

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BIGGEST TRACKS – Michael Jackson

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 1982 – Billie Jean [Thriller] – 41,580,000
2 1982 – Beat It [Thriller] – 26,990,000
3 1982 – Thriller [Thriller] – 23,290,000
4 1991 – Black or White [Dangerous] – 18,760,000
5 1987 – Man in the Mirror [Bad] – 14,310,000
6 1979 – Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough [Off the Wall] – 13,540,000
7 1987 – Smooth Criminal [Bad] – 12,700,000
8 1987 – The Way You Make Me Feel [Bad] – 12,020,000
9 1995 – They Don’t Care About Us [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I] – 9,880,000
10 1979 – Rock with You [Off the Wall] – 9,510,000
11 1987 – Bad [Bad] – 7,830,000
12 1991 – Remember the Time [Dangerous] – 7,680,000
13 1995 – You Are Not Alone [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I] – 7,250,000
14 1982 – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) [Thriller] – 7,160,000
15 1995 – Earth Song [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I] – 7,070,000
16 1991 – Heal the World [Dangerous] – 6,510,000
17 1982 – Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ [Thriller] – 6,100,000
18 2001 – You Rock My World [Invincible] – 4,990,000
19 1987 – Dirty Diana [Bad] – 4,580,000
20 1982 – Human Nature [Thriller] – 4,480,000
21 1972 – Ben [Ben] – 4,220,000
22 1987 – I Just Can’t Stop Loving You [Bad] – 3,900,000
23 1982 – The Girl Is Mine [Thriller] – 2,940,000
23 1991 – Will You Be There [Dangerous] – 2,940,000
25 1972 – Rockin’ Robin [Got to Be There] – 2,580,000
26 1995 – Scream [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I] – 2,500,000
27 1979 – She’s Out of My Life [Off the Wall] – 2,310,000
28 1979 – Off the Wall [Off the Wall] – 2,160,000
29 1991 – Jam [Dangerous] – 2,020,000
30 2014 – Love Never Felt So Good [Xscape] – 1,780,000
31 1971 – Got to Be There [Got to Be There] – 1,690,000
32 2010 – Hold My Hand [Michael] – 1,670,000
33 1991 – Give In to Me [Dangerous] – 1,620,000
34 1991 – Who Is It [Dangerous] – 1,600,000
35 1991 – Dangerous [Dangerous] – 1,520,000
36 1995 – Stranger In Moscow [HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I] – 1,480,000
37 1983 – Say Say Say [Orphan] – 1,470,000
38 1975 – One Day in Your Life [Forever, Michael] – 1,440,000
39 1991 – In the Closet [Dangerous] – 1,370,000
40 1984 – Somebody’s Watching Me [Orphan] – 1,330,000
40 1979 – Working Day and Night [Off the Wall] – 1,330,000

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Smiley

At the time of writing, ‘Thriller’ has now topped 120 million EAS.

It’s astounding to think that one album has been more successful that the entire career output (so far) of some pretty big international acts. Dire Straits, Coldplay, RHCP, Simon and Garfunkel, Adele, Drake and Rihanna to name a few…

Clockingbell

Apart from Simon and Garfunkel, you’re right according to this system

Smiley

Yes, sorry, I meant to say ‘The Doors’. Thank you for the correction!

Mikko

Michael Jackson was part of Thriller album, there was dozens of workers and inventors, everyone’s goal was maximum commercialism or sales. That’s why its rating is not at the top. Not so creative. Call product.

Smiley

I’m not necessarily saying than I’m a fan of either Jackson or ‘Thriller’. Just commenting on the enormous success it has achieved regardless of how many people were involved in it’s creation.

Martin

How is it any less creative, than say Blood on the Tracks, OK Computer, Nevermind, Sticky Fingers etc

You just sound like a bitter snob, finding fault and putting something down, just because it’s not to your taste.

Mikko

Read everyone’s reviews from the critics. They say it better. Are Agatha Christie books better than, let’s say Herman Hesse, John Steinbeck or L-F Celine? I just threw a comment out of context. It’s not dangerous.

Martin

No, it’s bollocks. It’s not everyone’s reviews, it’s a certain subset of societys reviews. Do you really think hip hop magazines, bang on about or even give a fuck about, the merits or validity of Blonde On Blonde or Pet Sounds. On top of that, the majority of the world couldn’t give a toss what critics say, let alone use them as a barometer of what music they enjoy or want to buy. I don’t know what you deem as creative but for me, Thriller is on many levels. It’s not only the most popular album of all time and… Read more »

Nick

What’s your point? That’s like 99% of music out there!

WV27

There is an interesting comment in Sandra Bullock’s film The Lost City. She plays a romance novelist who’s extremely popular but would prefer to write serious work. The cover model says, “How can I be embarrassed by something that brings so much joy to so many people?”
If you like something, enjoy it. But don’t try to negate someone else’s happiness.
Same with your quote about Agatha Christie. Hundreds of millions of people bought her books. It obviously brought them joy. Why insult their taste?

Jorge Neto

Hi MJD, do you have any estimate of how many albums Michael sold since his passing in 2009? According to Soundscan he sold 16.1 million albums in the US alone as of 2019, is it possible to make a worldwide figure?

césar

some of y’all need to shut up
michael had 6 studio albums and the beatles 13
the beatles did it in 7 years and mj in 22 years

the thing is that both found their own way into their success and there’s no excuse to invalidate the other, just SHUT UPPPPP

Sonique

Not to mention that Michael has actually 10 studio albums. Anyway, they’re both icons

Last edited 8 months ago by Sonique
Suhayb

He had 6 albums as an adult. If we don’t add
The other four albums ,they won’t affect that
Much.

Last edited 8 months ago by Suhayb
yutgbtht

mj I a solo artist being compared to a band , I think that says enough

Clockingbell

Just out of curiosity, there probably are good reasons, but is History the only album that is counted twice? Or are any of the other (double) albums also treated this way?

Sonique

I hope this works so they could answer you soon

Suhayb

Why number of sales are changing?
Do they update daily?

Sonique

Streams are updated daily. The EAS from streams cause movement on their sales.

Clockingbell

Alas, the question is probably too dumb/difficult or easy for me to search for

Mcphattys

Well disc one of history is a compilation and disc two is a studio album and disc on is certified platinum in the us but disc two is certified 8 times platinum in the us so the compilation and studio album are considered like two separate things even though they are put together.

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