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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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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