CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

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Digital Singles Sales – The 90s and beyond
The Razors Edge (1990) – 752,000 equivalent albums

Thunderstruck – 4,310,000
Moneytalks – 500,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

Ballbreaker (1995) – 38,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 250,000

Stiff Upper Lip (2000) – 38,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 250,000

Black Ice (2008) – 57,000 equivalent albums

Rock ‘n’ Roll Train – 230,000
Remaining tracks – 150,000

Rock or Bust (2014) – 59,000 equivalent albums

Rock or Bust – 100,000
Play Ball – 190,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Orphan – 168,000 equivalent albums

Jailbreak – 230,000
Who Made Who – 690,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

One more big smash in the 90s in Thunderstruck. At 4.3 million it’s second only to Back in Black overall. Who Made Who at 690k, released in 1986, is the biggest AC/DC song from that commercially disappointing period of their career.

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Martin

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.

Martin

Yeah, that’s what I meant, excluding Queen.

Analord

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 »

Analord

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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