CSPC: Dire Straits Popularity Analysis

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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.

1. 1978 – Dire StraitsSultans of Swing [Dire Straits]20,880,000
2. 1985 – Dire StraitsMoney for Nothing [Brothers in Arms]14,860,000
3. 1985 – Dire StraitsWalk of Life [Brothers in Arms]12,880,000
4. 1985 – Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms [Brothers in Arms]9,600,000
5. 1980 – Dire StraitsRomeo and Juliet [Making Movies]7,410,000
6. 1982 – Dire StraitsPrivate Investigations [Love over Gold]3,950,000
7. 1985 – Dire StraitsSo Far Away [Brothers in Arms]3,300,000
8. 1982 – Dire StraitsTelegraph Road [Love over Gold]2,860,000
9. 1985 – Dire StraitsYour Latest Trick [Brothers in Arms]2,850,000
10. 1980 – Dire StraitsTunnel of Love [Making Movies]2,740,000
11. 1979 – Dire StraitsLady Writer [Communiqué]2,430,000
11. 1991 – Dire StraitsOn Every Street [On Every Street]2,430,000
13. 1991 – Dire StraitsCalling Elvis [On Every Street]2,320,000
14. 1982 – Dire StraitsLove Over Gold [Love over Gold]1,830,000
15. 1979 – Dire StraitsOnce Upon a Time in the West [Communiqué]1,580,000

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“How can they be so high with this context? Well, thanks to sensational success in all other areas like Europe, Brazil and Oceania.”
But how many copies did they sell in Brazil?


I have rediscovered Dire Straits recently, and starting getting the MFSL SACD’s of their albums. Very good group.


Btw, do you know how many copies Brother in Arms sold in Portugal? It was a HUGE sucess, i guess its the best selling international record in Portugal




I just wanted to make a small correction, Romanza is not the only album that has confirmed more than 200,000 copies in Portugal, several Brazilian artists have passed the mark of 200000 there


One of my favorite bands of all time, great work!

They toured A LOT in europe, massive sales there


Impressive how Brother is Arms managed to sell 31M pure and I never heard about it or see it in any best selling lists.


I’m in the same boat, I couldn’t even think of one song by this band so I looked them up on Spotify and only recognized one song and didn’t like anything else I heard. It’s just not for me and I don’t know anyone who listens to them in my generation. However their spotify numbers are decent so someone is listening haha


You are probably not of the same generation as me 🙂
Brothers in Arms collected certifications everywhere: Diamond both in Canada and France, 24x Platinum in New Zealand, 17x in Australia, 14x in U.K., 9x in U.S.A. and a lot of others… Not my favorite album of them, but commercially a great success


I never thought that rock bands has extremely impressive sales. I never heard of Dire Straits. That is however some really2 impressive total.


Out of the top 10 best selling artists of all time, 8 are rock, in one way or another. Including Elvis, who hasn’t been studied yet.


Yeah, you are right. I only noticed that now. I also noticed that rockstars does not create as much as hype as a solo artists would. I mean MJ and Madonna was all over the media, but I guess since many of this rock stars are group. They somewhat receives less media attention as opposed to solo artists.


Impressive indeed. They should have not stop creating music.


You’re right, Dan, of course ! I was just talking about my faves but didn’t want to be too selfish… 😉


Mark Knopfler is still making albums, and he wrote all the Dire Straits songs.


I find the BIGGEST TRACKS is a very useful chapter! People not a fan of them like me can choose listening to the songs acoording to the list.


The Sound Of Music owns the longest run at #1 with 76 weeks in Australia. Unless you’re not including it?

Impressive sales in France but not too surprising given how popular they were here.


Very interesting, as always, MJD.
As you mention the fact that Dire Straits sales outsold The Beatles, may I suggest you to add (when you find time for that, of course) a total sales per country page for 3 acts : The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie. It would be very, very appreciated. Maybe when you’ll update their sales ? Cheers.


Oups, I meant “Dire Straits outsold The Beatles IN FRANCE”, of course. Sorry…


I’d like to see per country for all acts, not just those 3.