CSPC: Dirty Dancing Popularity Analysis

Dirty Dancing, Brindley Place Film Festival

Digital Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Dirty Dancing (1987) – 563,000 equivalent albums

(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life – 2,370,000
She’s Like the Wind – 600,000
Hungry Eyes – 680,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

More Dirty Dancing (1988) – 4,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 25,000

Dirty Dancing 2 (2004) – 11,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 75,000

Orphan – 0 equivalent albums

All tracks – 0

With digital downloads we have a reasonable perspective of its appeal in the long run and, without any surprise, (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life ends up as the most remarkable case, perhaps the only song from the soundtrack with truly strong sales in digital form. With over 2.3 million sold through this avenue, its sales are similar to those of the physical single back in the 80s, partially boosted by the Black Eyes Peas sampling the song in 2010.

The rest doesn’t look particularly strong although both She’s Like The Wind and Hungry Eyes have more than decent catalogue sales in this format with over 600,000 units each.

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Geoffrey H.

Titanic Soundtrack next please.


Just a question: If Dirty Dancing soundtrack album is included at the “Artists Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales” list, then why not include e.g Grease soundtrack album at the list as well ?

Anthony Blanchard

Hi Daydreamer!

You are right, Dirty Dancing and High School Musical are not “real” artists, so I will remove them of the list “Artists Ranking – CSPC – Overall sales”.
However, I will create in the coming days a ranking about the most successful soundtracks, it will certainly make more sense!


I would like to see ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’, ‘Hair’ and ‘Mamma Mia!’ (ABBA) as well.


Oh i almost forgot.Is that true The Sound of Music soundtrack sold more than 40 million?What’s the real numbers from this album 10-20 million or less?Thanx


So best selling soundtracks are
1-The bodyguard
3-Saturday night fever
4-Dirty dancing
I would like to see Titanic,Top Gun,Footlose,The Lion King,Flashdance and The Purple Rain as well.


Impressive numbers. I’d like to see the CSPC analysis for the two other dance-crazy classics…….FLASHHDANCE and FOOTLOOSE.


Wow, really smash successsful and digital sales for a 1987 singles! I cant wait to read the analysis for the queen of Soundtracks- Barbra


Wow, this album is so massive. I never realized this album before.