CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – The 70s

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

High Voltage (1976) – 65,000 equivalent albums

Can I Sit Next to You Girl – 10,000
Love Song/Baby, Please Don’t Go – 25,000
High Voltage – 80,000
It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – 80,000
T.N.T. – 20,000

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976) – 39,000 equivalent albums

Jailbreak – 80,000
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – 30,000
Love at First Feel – 10,000
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1993, live) – 10,000

Let There Be Rock (1977) – 75,000 equivalent albums

Dog Eat Dog – 10,000
Let There Be Rock – 40,000
Whole Lotta Rosie – 200,000

Powerage (1978) – 69,000 equivalent albums

Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation – 230,000

Highway to Hell (1979) – 411,000 equivalent albums

Highway to Hell – 760,000
Girls Got Rhythm – 20,000
Touch Too Much – 480,000
Highway to Hell (1992, live) – 110,000

The earliest AC/DC singles only charted in Australia, where High Voltage, It’s a Long Way To the Top and Jailbreak all reached the top 10. Whole Lotta Rosie and Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation were the first to chart in the UK thus reaching 200,000. But the big one here is obviously Highway to Hell breaking into most markets including the US, where it reached the top 50. With the addition of the decent follow-up Touch Too Much the album gets a respectable 411,000 EAS.

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Thomas Christiansen

New single “Shot in the Dark” out now, New album “Power Up” out Nov. 13th.
First day streaming on Spotify for “Shot in the Dark” was 688K plays. That day’s biggest by AC/DC, topping their classics “Back in Black” (669K), “Highway to Hell” (573K) and “Thunderstruck” (546K).

Last edited 9 months ago by Thomas Christiansen

But when they talk about Back in black as the second best-selling album ever with 52 million copies sold, did they also include the copies left in the warehouses and the download/streaming ?

Last edited 1 year ago by Jsak

I have compiled Back in Black sales in the barcode era in Brazil, it’s safe to say that it sold 200K in the last 15 years, I’d estimate sales to be around 350 K overall. AC/DC is extremely under certified in Brazil.

tom riise

Back In Black is now certified 25 times platinum in the US.


That seems to fit pretty well with the US sales estimate since the certification likely also include streams and downloads.


Don’ t you think that since the death of Malcolm Young the sales of physical copies have increased to 25 million ?

Thomas Christiansen

Friday is my birthday 🙂 So what are my birthday wishes? Well, a new car would be nice… but I guess less will do. Like my favourite band getting their first 500M+ track on Spotify. Lo and behold the top ten AC/DC tracks on Spotify: 1 BACK IN BLACK – 499,574,000 2 HIGHWAY TO HELL – 495,263,000 3 THUNDERSTRUCK – 471,457,000 4 YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG – 346,640,000 5 T.N.T. – 234,653,000 6 SHOOT TO THRILL – 132,645,000 7 HELLS BELLS – 130,395,000 8 DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP – 123,221,000 9 IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE… Read more »


Well done!

Thomas Christiansen

Back in Black was promoted on social medias last month in celebration of it’s 40th anniversary.
This has pushed “Shake a Leg” above 10M spins on Spotify. Here are the BIB tracks (with increases since primo dec 2019)

BIB 628.5M (128.9M)
YSMANL 441.6M (95.0M)
STT 168.7M (36.1M)
HB 163.6M (33.2M)
HADOM 35.4M (7.4M)
RNRANP 34.4M (7.6M)
WDYDFMH 15.2M (3.5M)
LMPMLIY 12.6M (2.5M)
GTDAB 12.5M (3.0M)
SAL 10.0M (2.3M)

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