CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis


Records & Achievements

  • At 58,224,000 equivalent album sales, Back In Black is the most successful Hard Rock/Heavy Metal album of all-time.
  • At 58,224,000 equivalent album sales, Back In Black is the most successful album from 1980.
  • At 58,224,000 equivalent album sales, Back In Black is the third most successful album from the 80s.
  • At 22,008,000 equivalent album sales, Highway to Hell is the fourth most successful album from 1979.
  • At 17,950,000 equivalent album sales, Highway to Hell is the most successful song from 1979.
  • At 21,680,000 equivalent album sales, Back In Black is the most successful song from 1980.
  • At 18,560,000 equivalent album sales, You Should Me All Night Long is the third most successful song from 1980.
  • At 15,460,000 equivalent album sales, Thunderstruck is the most successful song from 1990.
  • At 7,260,000 pure album sales, AC/DC is the highest selling artist of all-time in Australia.
  • AC/DC released a record 14 consecutive studio albums with at least 1 million sales in each the US and Europe.
  • AC/DC shipped well over 10 million albums in 2008, only Michael Jackson and Adele replicated this feat since.
  • At 303, Back In Black is one of the two studio albums from the 80s with over 300 weeks charted inside the US BB200 Album Chart.
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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?

Last edited 3 months ago by Martin
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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