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

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

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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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