CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 5

Like the 80’s, AC/DC started the 90’s on a commercial high. You could say the Who Made Who and Heatseeker singles paved the way, but more likely it was the help of renowned producer Bruce Fairbairn that did the trick. The Razors Edge was arguably the most polished AC/DC record to date. Lead single Thunderstruck, and the catchy 2nd single Moneytalks, both became worldwide hits, the latter being their first and only Top 30 hit in the US. While Moneytalks has a strong 16 million Spotify streams, Thunderstruck became a true monster, right up there with the iconic Highway to Hell and Back in Black in the 200 million league! And on Youtube it is easily AC/DC‘s biggest track ever with 613 million views. All the album tracks are also above 1 million on Spotify for the first time since the Back in Black album. This adds up to a massive 316,000 EAS – the second highest figure in their catalog

Ballbreaker was the only other studio album released in the 90’s. Although it failed to match the success of The Razors Edge, it did reach the Top 5 in most countries including #4 in the US. And streaming wise it fares a lot better than their late 80’s albums, reaching 25,000 EAS. Hard As A Rock is a solid 9 million on Spotify, while most of the other tracks top the 1 million mark too.

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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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