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.

4.3 4 votes
Article Rating
Notify of

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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)

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x