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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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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