CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

AC/DC Donostia 1981

Physical Singles Sales – The 80s
Back in Black (1980) – 554,000 equivalent albums

You Shook Me All Night Long – 740,000
Hells Bells – 540,000
Back in Black – 320,000
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – 150,000
You Shook Me All Night Long (1986, reissue) – 90,000
Shoot to Thrill (2011) – 5,000

For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981) – 228,000 equivalent albums

Let’s Get It Up – 410,000
For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) – 350,000

Flick of the Switch (1983) – 102,000 equivalent albums

Guns for Hire – 230,000
Nervous Shakedown – 70,000
Flick of the Switch – 40,000

Fly on the Wall (1985) – 44,000 equivalent albums

Danger – 50,000
Sink the Pink – 5,000
Shake Your Foundations – 90,000

Blow Up Your Video (1988) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Heatseeker – 210,000
That’s the Way I Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll – 90,000

Somewhat surprisingly, Back in Black is only the 3rd biggest single from their 1980 smash. The biggest one is the album’s lead single You Shook Me All Night Long – their first top 40 hit in the US. For Those About To Rock also delivered two decent singles, but AC/DC‘s drop in album sales during the rest of the 80s is mirrored in these single sales.

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Not that Rumours is not insanely popular anyway, but Dreams has went crazy, since that Tik Tok guy on the skateboard.

I’ve not really been following the pre 2000 songs much of late, will AC/DC have 3 over 1B, before anybody else has 2?

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Thomas Christiansen

Yes they will. Besides Queen of course. They already have 4.


Yeah, that’s what I meant, excluding Queen.


Californication was released in the summer of 2000 though, the album is from 1999 but I think the most important thing is when did these songs became famous.

About AC/DC, let’s not forget that they arrived late on Spotify (2015), if not Highway To Hell would’ve probably reach 1B already, and Thunderstruck would be very close.

Thomas Christiansen

Californication was indeed released as the 4th single from the album in may 2000. But the album, and first 3 singles, were released in 1999. The album debuted and peaked at #3 in June 1999. Therefore I consider all it’s songs released pre-2000. However, it is possible the song benefitted from being fairly recent when Spotify began. I have a list of top pre-2000 songs dated feb. 2018 on which Californication rank as #10. 4 years later (jan. 2022) it’s down to #25. So it’s popularity is fading somewhat compared to the other oldies on the list. But the same… Read more »


Yeah it’s possible that Under The Bridge’s popularity is partly explained by the Chilis’ massive success during the 1999-2006 period, so even though the song is from 1991 its trajectory might be closer to a song from 2000 or so.

Btw I truly have no idea why my post got so many downvotes… I’m gonna assume there’s some weirdo out there with fake accounts who doesn’t like me 😆

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