CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

AC-DC (43)

Digital Singles Sales – The 80s
Back in Black (1980) – 2,075,000 equivalent albums

Hells Bells – 2,070,000
Shoot to Thrill – 1,100,000
Back in Black – 5,920,000
You Shook Me All Night Long – 3,690,000
Have a Drink on Me – 340,000
Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution – 360,000
Remaining tracks – 350,000

For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981) – 179,000 equivalent albums

For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) – 1,140,000
Remaining tracks – 50,000

Flick of the Switch (1983) – 8,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 50,000

Fly on the Wall (1985) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 100,000

Blow Up Your Video (1988) – 15,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 100,000

Back in Black has 4 digital million sellers, confirming its everlasting appeal. And while Back in Black trailed Hells Bells and You Shook Me All Night long in original singles sales, it is well ahead here at a massive 5,920,000. For Those About to Rock adds another million-seller to the catalog, but once again we see poor interest in the mid-late 80s period.

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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?

Last edited 6 months ago by Martin
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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