CSPC: Paul Simon Popularity Analysis

Streaming Part 2

Then came the light. With One-Trick Pony and Hearts and Bones, both at 26,000 EAS from streams combined, Simon was faced a hard time to keep the train of success running. Graceland was the savior. All its songs top 5 million streams on Spotify, which is already a strong achievement. The Boy in the Bubble and I Know What I Know are both over 10 million. Higher, the title track and Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes top 30 million. All healthy figures, they fell short of You Can Call Me Al which enjoyed 133 million streams so far on Spotify plus 54 million on YouTube. These superb performances add for 287,000 EAS.

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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 !