CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – The 90s and beyond
The Razors Edge (1990) – 260,000 equivalent albums

Thunderstruck – 360,000
Moneytalks – 390,000
Are You Ready – 110,000
Rock Your Heart Out – 5,000

Ballbreaker (1995) – 47,000 equivalent albums

Hard as a Rock – 130,000
Hail Caesar – 15,000
Cover You in Oil – 5,000
Ballbreaker – 5,000

Stiff Upper Lip (2000) – 27,000 equivalent albums

Stiff Upper Lip – 70,000
Safe in New York City – 10,000
Satellite Blues – 10,000

Black Ice (2008) – 3,000 equivalent albums

Rock ‘n’ Roll Train – 10,000

Rock or Bust (2014) – 3,000 equivalent albums

Play Ball – 5,000
Rock or Bust – 5,000

Orphan – 144,000 equivalent albums

Who Made Who – 140,000
Big Gun – 330,000
Other singles – 10,000

Although the single format was decreasing in popularity in the 90s, AC/DC still managed to release their 3 biggest singles since 1981. Thunderstruck, Moneytalks and Big Gun all top 300,000 sales.

So, without any million-selling singles in their entire career, AC/DC total 6,635,000 in this format. Not overwhelming, but respectable considering they never were a singles minded band.

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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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