CSPC: Michael Jackson Popularity Analysis


Records & Achievements


  • At 65,8 million pure sales, Thriller is the best selling album ever.
  • At 33,6 million pure sales, Bad is the #2 top selling male studio album ever, top 10 album studio albums and top 10 album artist albums.
  • At 29,55 million pure sales, Dangerous is the #3 top selling male studio album ever, top 20 album studio albums and top 20 album artist albums.
  • Off The Wall and HIStory are among the top 100 best selling albums ever.
  • At 182,6 million, Michael Jackson sold more studio albums than anyone else.
  • In pure sales, Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous and HIStory are respectively #2, #1, #1, #2 and #3 among the top sellers of their year of release.
  • At 30,4 million, Thriller is the best selling album ever in the US.
  • Thriller is the best selling international studio album ever in Canada, the UK, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium.
  • Thriller is the best selling English-speaking Brazil, Mexico and Argentina.
  • At 5,29 million and 5,12 million, Thriller and Dangerous are the top 2 best selling international artist albums ever in Asia.
  • At 19,34 million and 15,14 million, Thriller and Bad are the top 2 best selling studio albums ever in Europe.
  • At 116,7 million CSPC sales, Thriller is the most successful album ever.
  • At 62,9 million CSPC sales, Bad is the third most successful album ever.
  • At 45,4 million CSPC sales, Dangerous is among the top 20 most successful albums ever.
  • At 16 million, Thriller generated more physical singles sales than any other non-Soundtrack album.
  • At 13,2 million, Bad is top 5 among the albums that generated the most physical singles sales among non-Soundtrack album.
  • Michael Jackson is the only artist ever with 4 albums which achieved 10 million sales with their physical singles.
  • At 40,5 million, Thriller generated more compilation sales than any other album.
  • At 28 million, Thriller generated more digital singles sales than any other catalog album.
  • At over 2 billion, Thriller is the catalog album with the most YouTube views ever. Songs from Bad and HIStory are over 1 billion.
  • At 12,3 million, This Is It is the greatest selling music video ever.


  • At 11 years and 155 days, Michael Jackson is the youngest artist ever to top the Hot 100 while leading the Jackson 5 on I Want You Back.
  • You Are Not Alone was the first #1 debut ever of the Billboard Hot 100.
  • At 5, Michael Jackson has the longest streak of US #1 hits ever for a male artist.
  • At 5, Bad has the most US #1 hits ever from an album.
  • At 7, Thriller has the most US Top 10 hits ever from an album.
  • At 7, Bad and Dangerous shared the record for the most UK Top 10 hits ever from an album until 2012.
  • At 7, Dangerous has the most French Top 10 hits ever from an album.
  • At 7 weeks, Michael Jackson has the most consecutive weeks topping the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously for a male artist.
  • At 37 weeks, Thriller is the longest lasting #1 solo artist album ever in the US.
  • In July 2009, Number Ones was the first catalog album ever to top the US Comprehensive Album Chart. The Essential and Thriller were #2 and #3.
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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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