Data collector – Most Streamed Catalog Albums (pre-2000)


One week ago, the CSPC analysis of Oasis has been published. Their cult album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? has posted very strong results in streaming. The list added today in the Data Collector refers to this performance. How does it rank among deep catalog albums?

Please keep in mind some artists with strong results in this format hasn’t been studied so far, e.g. the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey or Dr. Dre. All figures reflect the value as collected at the time of the artist’s respective articles. All figures represent Worldwide streams.

Reminder of the formula

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = 212/132 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750

Albums Ranking – Streaming (EAS) – Catalog (before 2000)

1. 1991 – NirvanaNevermind1,007,000
2. 1982 – Michael JacksonThriller993,000
3. 1995 – Oasis(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?762,000
4. 1977 – Bob MarleyExodus695,000
5. 1987 – Guns N’ RosesAppetite For Destruction668,000
6. 1987 – Michael JacksonBad662,000
7. 1977 – Fleetwood MacRumours625,000
8. 1991 – MetallicaMetallica570,000
9. 1975 – QueenA Night at the Opera544,000
10. 1979 – Pink FloydThe Wall527,000
11. 1978 – Bob MarleyKaya512,000
12. 1986 – Bon JoviSlippery When Wet485,000
13. 1997 – Foo FightersThe Colour and the Shape424,000
14. 1987 – U2The Joshua Tree416,000
15. 1973 – Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon392,000
16. 1980 – Bob MarleyUprising370,000
17. 1991 – Michael JacksonDangerous364,000
18. 1993 – NirvanaIn Utero360,000
19. 1978 – QueenJazz359,000
20. 1984 – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A.348,000
20. 1977 – QueenNews of the World348,000
22. 1980 – QueenThe Game342,000
23. 1999 – Backstreet BoysMillennium338,000
24. 1999 – Destiny’s ChildThe Writing’s on the Wall313,000
25. 1994 – Mariah CareyMerry Christmas312,000
26. 1994 – Green DayDookie309,000
27. 1992 – Whitney HoustonThe Bodyguard305,000
28. 1999 – EminemThe Slim Shady LP299,000
29. 1969 – Rolling StonesLet It Bleed294,000
30. 1971 – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV291,000
31. 1995 – Michael JacksonHIStory: Past, Present and Future280,000
32. 1984 – Wham!Make It Big274,000
33. 1972 – David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars268,000
34. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion I267,000
35. 1997 – Backstreet BoysBackstreet’s Back265,000
36. 1966 – Rolling StonesAftermath261,000
37. 1977 – Bee Gees & Various ArtistsSaturday Night Fever259,000
38. 1975 – Pink FloydWish You Were Here255,000
38. 1997 – Shania TwainCome On Over255,000
40. 1979 – Michael JacksonOff the Wall241,000
41. 1978 – Various ArtistsGrease240,000
41. 1969 – BeatlesAbbey Road240,000
43. 1982 – QueenHot Space239,000
44. 1974 – Bob MarleyNatty Dread237,000
44. 1984 – QueenThe Works237,000
46. 1991 – Guns N’ RosesUse Your Illusion II232,000
47. 1969 – Jackson 5Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5227,000
48. 1999 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time225,000
48. 1971 – David BowieHunky Dory225,000
50. 1983 – David BowieLet’s Dance217,000

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Thomas Christiansen

Great! This is the kind of list I really like!
I know it’s impossible to have all figures updated at all times, but how about adding dates, like in the “ARTISTS RANKING – CSPC – OVERALL SALES” list? It’s only fair to point out that figures for Oasis and Bob Marley are recent, while others like U2 and Led Zep are rather old.


Yes, the tracks from Led Zeppelin IV are now on 364,126,969 Spotify streams, which equates to 584,809,981 comprehensive streams and approximately 160m Youtube views, which together give it an EAS total of 403,335 (389,873 + 13,462) . Led Zeppelin II is now on 263,678,040 CS and approx 110m Youtube views and 291,693 EAS.


Definitely an interesting list but where does the data come from? Which services? Which country or countries?


Hi Bob!

Relevant question, the formula has been added! It uses Spotify & YouTube to establish comprehensive audio and video streams Worldwide.


Can we have top 100?


How come the Backstreet Boys have two albums with more streams than Shania’s COO ? What happened ? Neither of the two has had hits in 15 years, but Shania’s album was much bigger and her songs are more played on the radio than those of the BSB.


How Oasis album above Metallica?

tom riise

if i haven’t messed up my calculations, then Abbey Road is now
up to 360,000

Nuclear dolphin

The Red hot chili peppers will have 2 entries inside the top 10!


Queen has most entries, followed by MJ.


There’s a Jackson 5 record in there too, so they’re pretty well matched. Both incredible back catalogs.


Michael Jackson’s consistent success remains bloody unbelievable. Even with a peak as high as Thriller’s his other works all seem to still do remarkably well.


Incredible to see the Beatles with so few albums and a band like Queen just slaying it.
Makes me wonder if 50 years from now, will Beatles still be #1?


Hi Nathan!

In all fairness, the Beatles’ article is older than the one of Queen and their catalog arrived on Spotify later than the remaining acts, although the impact isn’t that big by now since streams got so much bigger lately!


Why is that incredible to you? Queen outsold the Beatles in many territories, especially Europe.


Dan. Lol. Queen is not even nearly as big as The Beatles at their peak. The Beatles released all of their albums pre 1970. Back then the music market was very2 small. Even big stars such as Barbra Streisand would be lucky to sell 3,4 million per album. Queen had a much longer career than Beatles and they produced albums all the way through the 90s. During the 80s and 90s the music market was booming and they definitely benefited from that. Having said that their total album sales is still almost half as small as the Beatles. I dont… Read more »


Fix. Lol. Lets try math, shall we?
The Beatles have a HUGE lead in the US (168,27 million vs 44,44 million) – 123.83m gap.
Worldwide: 405,737,000 – 238,637,000 = 167,100,000
As you can see, America is mostly responsible for the big lead (on anyone, not just Queen).


As I have said. The Beatles released most of their albums pre 1970s. Back when album sales were pathetic. For them to achieve 70 million ++ album sales back then is like selling 200 million records in the 80s-90s when the market really boom, in which Queen did made a lot of albums during these 2 decades. Therefore Queen is in no way bigger than the Beatles.


Hi Fix, I saw nobody claiming that Queen is “bigger than the Beatles”. We can’t simply say that “their 70m were like 200m later”, for several big reasons: 1) Well, first, because they haven’t sold 70m albums during the 60s, I haven’t the exact number in mind right now but it is more like 40-50m. 2) Had the Beatles sold 200m during their first decade by starting later, they would have sold much less compilations / reissues of CDs in later years, so you can’t add those supposed sales without taking off the part they gained thanks to those low… Read more »


I completely disagree with that statement. The Beatles had: 1) not too much competition. Yeah, there were the Stones, The Who and a few others, but The Beatles ruled the charts. There was no one and nothing like them at the time. The 70s were far harder to penetrate, you had to face LZ, Pink Floyd, RS, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Elton John, Aerosmith and TONS of other artists. 2) What you’re saying about the 60s/80s sales proportions sounds like nonsense. The Beatles started 10 years+ earlier, hence they had 10+ more years to sell records. For example, the White… Read more »

Nuclear dolphin

They smash the Beatles in a lot of European countries.

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