CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

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AC/DC CAREER CSPC RESULTS

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by AC/DC achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1HighHigh Voltage14,352,0007,550,0005,255,00065,000
(217,000)
459,000
(3,060,000)
203,000
(02/20/18)
1,023,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 520
LD: 620
14,352,000
2DirtyDirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap13,877,00010,970,0002,115,00039,000
(130,000)
293,000
(1,950,000)
91,000
(02/20/18)
460,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 230
LD: 280
13,877,000
3LetLet There Be Rock12,074,0006,200,0005,160,00075,000
(250,000)
222,000
(1,480,000)
79,000
(02/20/18)
417,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 210
LD: 270
12,074,000
4PoweragePowerage6,065,0005,220,000630,00069,000
(230,000)
30,000
(200,000)
24,000
(02/20/18)
116,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 60
LD: 70
6,065,000
5HighwayHighway to Hell23,315,00015,150,0005,527,000411,000
(1,370,000)
609,000
(4,060,000)
311,000
(02/20/18)
1,618,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 820
LD: 1,000
23,315,000
6BackBack in Black60,824,00035,810,00019,149,000554,000
(1,847,000)
2,075,000
(13,830,000)
636,000
(02/20/18)
3,236,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 1,640
LD: 1,930
60,824,000
7ForFor Those About to Rock We Salute You12,070,00010,040,0001,444,000228,000
(760,000)
179,000
(1,190,000)
39,000
(02/20/18)
179,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 90
LD: 130
12,070,000
8FlickFlick of the Switch4,125,0003,900,00076,000102,000
(340,000)
8,000
(50,000)
8,000
(02/20/18)
39,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 20
LD: 20
4,125,000
9FlyFly on the Wall3,939,0003,510,000305,00044,000
(147,000)
15,000
(100,000)
14,000
(02/20/18)
65,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 20
3,939,000
10BlowBlow Up Your Video4,193,0003,860,000170,00090,000
(300,000)
15,000
(100,000)
14,000
(02/20/18)
58,000
(06/28/22)
Av.: 30
LD: 30
4,193,000
11TheThe Razors Edge18,930,00010,670,0005,667,000260,000
(867,000)
752,000
(5,010,000)
316,000
(02/20/18)
1,581,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 800
LD: 800
18,930,000
12BallbreakerBallbreaker5,706,0005,420,00092,00047,000
(157,000)
38,000
(250,000)
25,000
(02/20/18)
109,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
5,706,000
13StiffStiff Upper Lip4,410,0004,160,00069,00027,000
(90,000)
38,000
(250,000)
32,000
(02/20/18)
116,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 50
LD: 50
4,410,000
14BlackBlack Ice7,733,0007,000,000263,0003,000
(10,000)
57,000
(380,000)
98,000
(02/20/18)
410,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 200
LD: 200
7,733,000
15RockRock or Bust3,324,0003,010,00003,000
(10,000)
59,000
(390,000)
99,000
(02/20/18)
252,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 100
LD: 100
3,324,000
16POWERPOWER UP254,000000
(0)
0
(0)
0
(N/A)
254,000
(06/29/22)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
254,000
17Orphan3,783,00003,427,000144,000
(480,000)
168,000
(1,120,000)
44,000
(02/20/18)
N/AN/A3,783,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 02/20/18.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


And the winner is…? Well, Back in Black of course. The real question is rather where does AC/DC‘s landmark album land on our list of CSPC albums? With a massive 58.224 million it ranks 6th, just ahead of another Hard Rock masterpiece, Led Zeppelin‘s IV. Also ahead of Nirvana‘s Nevermind, Bon Jovi‘s Slippery When Wet, Guns ‘N RosesAppetite for Destruction and Metallica‘s Metallica. It ranks as the biggest Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album of all time!

The runner-up here is also no surprise. At 22.008 million Highway to Hell is a true smash. Followed by The Razor’s Edge at 17.665 million. With High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Let There Be Rock and For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) in the 12-13 million region, AC/DC have a total of 7 albums above 11.5 million!

Overall AC/DC‘s sales total 191,030,000. They’re well ahead of the Eagles and just behind Celine Dion on the all time artist list.

The following pages list their most successful songs as well as their records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Chartmasters.org.

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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?

Last edited 3 months ago by Martin
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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