CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

Ode to Bon

Digital Singles Sales – The 70s

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

High Voltage (1976) – 459,000 equivalent albums

It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) – 1,080,000
T.N.T. – 1,530,000
Remaining tracks – 450,000

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976) – 293,000 equivalent albums

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – 1,240,000
Ride On – 170,000
Big Balls – 390,000
Remaining tracks – 150,000

Let There Be Rock (1977) – 222,000 equivalent albums

Let There Be Rock – 460,000
Whole Lotta Rosie – 720,000
Remaining tracks – 300,000

Powerage (1978) – 30,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 200,000

Highway to Hell (1979) – 609,000 equivalent albums

Highway to Hell – 3,060,000
Girls Got Rhythm – 280,000
If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) – 270,000
Remaining tracks – 450,000

With four songs topping the million mark, AC/DC‘s 70s songs are still popular in the digital age. None more so than Highway to Hell of course. At 3,060,000, this must be one of the most popular Hard Rock songs of the decade in this format. Stairway to Heaven for example is the only Led Zeppelin song that tops this total.

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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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