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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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…


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 »


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


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?


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


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

Last edited 9 months ago by Sonique

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

Last edited 9 months ago by Suhayb

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


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?


I hope this works so they could answer you soon


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


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


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


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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