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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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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