CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis



The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales, and with appropriate weighting too, plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

The surprise here is not at the top, but rather near the bottom of the list. Moneytalks is AC/DC‘s only ever top 30 hit in the US (#23), but barely makes this list of their biggest tracks!

1. 1980 – Back in Black [Back in Black]21,680,000
2. 1980 – You Shook Me All Night Long [Back in Black]18,560,000
3. 1979 – Highway to Hell [Highway to Hell]17,950,000
4. 1990 – Thunderstruck [The Razors Edge]15,460,000
5. 1981 – For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) [For Those About to Rock We Salute You]9,120,000
6. 1976 – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap [Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap]8,770,000
7. 1980 – Hells Bells [Back in Black]8,720,000
8. 1975 – T.N.T. [High Voltage]7,990,000
9. 1980 – Shoot to Thrill [Back in Black]5,990,000
10. 1977 – Whole Lotta Rosie [Let There Be Rock]4,570,000
11. 1977 – Let There Be Rock [Let There Be Rock]3,350,000
12. 2008 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Train [Black Ice]2,930,000
13. 1995 – Hard as a Rock [Ballbreaker]2,540,000
14. 1988 – Heatseeker [Blow Up Your Video]2,300,000
15. 1977 – Hell Ain’t a Bad Place to Be [Let There Be Rock]2,160,000
16. 1975 – It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll) [High Voltage]2,010,000
17. 2000 – Stiff Upper Lip [Stiff Upper Lip]1,730,000
18. 1984 – Jailbreak [Orphan]1,590,000
19. 1975 – The Jack [High Voltage]1,550,000
20. 1983 – Guns for Hire [Flick of the Switch]1,510,000
21. 1978 – Sin City [Powerage]1,500,000
22. 1978 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation [Powerage]1,450,000
23. 1975 – High Voltage [High Voltage]1,250,000
24. 1976 – Problem Child [Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap]1,210,000
25. 2008 – War Machine [Black Ice]1,190,000
26. 1976 – Big Balls [Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap]1,140,000
27. 1990 – Moneytalks [The Razors Edge]1,100,000
28. 1977 – Dog Eat Dog [Let There Be Rock]1,060,000
29. 1979 – If You Want Blood (You’ve Got It) [Highway to Hell]1,050,000
30. 2014 – Rock or Bust [Rock or Bust]1,000,000

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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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