CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 7

AC/DC never relied on orphan tracks, but among these early Aussie-only rarities and B-sides now available on Backtracks, three tracks stand out. Two of them are from soundtracks. Who Made Who from the aforementioned Stephen King flick is well over 12 million Spotify streams, and with 17,500 EAS, easily their most streamed song of the mid 80’s. Big Gun from the 1993 Arnold Schwarzenegger movie The Last Action Hero is approaching 6 million on Spotify. Jailbreak was first released on the Australian Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap LP and as a UK non-album single in 1976. In 1984 it was made available worldwide as part of the ’74 Jailbreak EP. With 5 million plays on Spotify, Jailbreak is still a fan favourite. However, the rest, including their first Australian top 20 hit Baby, Please Don’t Go, are largely forgotten.

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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?

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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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