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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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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