CSPC: Paul Simon Popularity Analysis

Digital Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Paul Simon (1972) – 100,000 equivalent albums

Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – 540,000
Remaining tracks – 125,000

There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973) – 31,000 equivalent albums

Kodachrome – 110,000
Remaining tracks – 95,000

Still Crazy After All These Years (1975) – 56,000 equivalent albums

50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – 280,000
Remaining tracks – 90,000

One-Trick Pony (1980) – 11,000 equivalent albums

Late in the Evening – 70,000
Remaining tracks – 5,000

Hearts and Bones (1983) – 5,000 equivalent albums

Hearts and Bones – 30,000
Remaining tracks – 5,000

Graceland (1986) – 302,000 equivalent albums

The Boy in the Bubble – 90,000
Graceland – 220,000
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes – 280,000
You Can Call Me Al – 1,090,000
Remaining tracks – 335,000

The Rhythm of the Saints (1990) – 17,000 equivalent albums

The Obvious Child – 90,000
Remaining tracks – 25,000

Songs from The Capeman (1997) – 0 equivalent albums

All tracks -0

You’re the One (2000) – 0 equivalent albums

All tracks – 0

Surprise (2006) – 18,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 120,000

So Beautiful or So What (2011) – 9,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 60,000

Stranger to Stranger (2016) – 7,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 45,000

Orphan – 5,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 35,000

Downloads and ringtones haven’t been a positive sales avenue for Simon. Unsurprisingly, songs from Graceland lead the way with over 2 million units combined, more than half of his total. You Can Call Me Al is far and away his best remembered song with more than 1 million digital sales.

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S&G are well above Paul Simon in solo. Their sales are probably in the 120-140 million range, at the minimum ! We’ll see “Late in the evening”….


Honestly, quite underwhelming. And i doubt Simon and Garfunkel did any better.

Nuclear dolphin

Simon and Garfunkel did loads more! They were massive, biggest selling 60s artists after The Beatles I’d say!


Yep, looks like you were right.


Ok MJD. I didn’t pay attention to Santana because I thought you were only talking about solo artists and not about bands… And Cher neither. Seeing her face, I couldn’t imagine she was more old than 25 when she released Believe (lol)…

Nuclear dolphin

Oh please let’s have Simon and Garfunkel! 😊


Not bad


Never a big fan of simon………..but he has his place. Fav song is “kodachrome” and from
SandG “So long frank loyd wright”


I’m wondering what are the 2 most successful albums ever by an artist aged 45 or more ?… I’ve failed to find one. Eric Clapton’s Unplugged is a live album, so it can’be this one, I suppose… Very puzzling !

Nuclear dolphin

I’d say Pink Floyd – The Division bell.

Nuclear dolphin

Actually forget I said that..


I wonder if a Simon & Garfunkel article is coming next?


Thanks, thanks and thanks ! I was hoping this one since many months !