CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Page 4: Original Album Sales – High Voltage (1976)
Page 5: Original Album Sales – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)
Page 6: Original Album Sales – Let There Be Rock (1977)
Page 7: Original Album Sales – Powerage (1978)
Page 8: Original Album Sales – Highway to Hell (1979)
Page 9: Original Album Sales – Back in Black (1980)
Page 10: Original Album Sales – For Those About to Rock We Salute You (1981)
Page 11: Original Album Sales – Flick of the Switch (1983)
Page 12: Original Album Sales – Fly on the Wall (1985)
Page 13: Original Album Sales – Blow Up Your Video (1988)
Page 14: Original Album Sales – The Razors Edge (1990)
Page 15: Original Album Sales – Ballbreaker (1995)
Page 16: Original Album Sales – Stiff Upper Lip (2000)
Page 17: Original Album Sales – Black Ice (2008)
Page 18: Original Album Sales – Rock or Bust (2014)
Page 19: Original Album Sales – Comments
Page 20: Physical Singles Sales – The 70s
Page 21: Physical Singles Sales – The 80s
Page 22: Physical Singles Sales – The 90s and beyond
Page 23: Digital Singles Sales – The 70s
Page 24: Digital Singles Sales – The 80s
Page 25: Digital Singles Sales – The 90s and beyond
Page 26: Streaming Sales – Part 1
Page 27: Streaming Sales – Part 2
Page 28: Streaming Sales – Part 3
Page 29: Streaming Sales – Part 4
Page 30: Streaming Sales – Part 5
Page 31: Streaming Sales – Part 6
Page 32: Streaming Sales – Part 7
Page 33: Remaining Long Format – Live Albums
Page 34: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets
Page 35: Remaining Long Format – Box Sets (continued)
Page 36: Remaining Long Format – More Box Sets!
Page 37: Remaining Long Format – Australian releases, Soundtracks and more
Page 38: Remaining Long Format – Videos
Page 39: Remaining Long Format – Summary
Page 40: BONUS: Compilation Albums Sales – If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (1978)
Page 41: BONUS: Compilation Albums Sales – Who Made Who (1986)
Page 42: BONUS: Compilation Albums Sales – Live (1992)
Page 43: BONUS: Compilation Albums Sales – Iron Man 2 (2010)
Page 44: BONUS: Total Album (all types) Sales per Country
Page 45: CSPC Results
Page 46: Biggest Tracks
Page 47: Achievements

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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)

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