CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

AC/DC

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 table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, singles from Back in Black released in digital format sold the equivalent of 2,075,000 albums – 13,830,000 downloads with a 10 to 1,5 weighting.

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 1/11750 for Video stream)

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.

4.3 4 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

78 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
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
Jsak

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
Breno

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.

Al

That seems to fit pretty well with the US sales estimate since the certification likely also include streams and downloads.

Jsak

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 »

Dan

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)

78
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x