CSPC: Paul Simon Popularity Analysis

Paul Simon, 2016

Paul Simon Career CSPC Results

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Paul Simon achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

*Pure sales figures updated on 05/10/18.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers

When Simon went solo, it was near impossible to match the ground breaking success of his former duo. He hasn’t even come close, but his numbers are still strong.

Graceland is naturally the leader with 18,7 million equivalent album sales across all formats. Released more than 20 years after the commercial breakthrough of the artist, this album is one of the most unexpected smashes of all-time.

If this album largely overshadows the rest of his discography, results of various additional albums are still very good. Paul Simon is a solid runner up at more than 8,6 million units while Still Crazy After All These Years, The Rhythm of the Saints and There Goes Rhymin’ Simon are all in the 5-6 million range.

The remaining 7 albums average less than 1 million sales. Now in the last part of his career, Simon will not be looking at a flashy comeback with his upcoming releases. Still, at 51 million equivalent album sales on his own, his solo career is more than respectable.

Thanks to our new ASR (Artist Success Rating) concept, we can add that his ASR score is 182. This puts his solo career ahead of stars like P!nk, Nickelback and Michael Bublé.

The following pages list his most successful songs as well as his records and achievements. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge his position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, YouTube, Discogs, Chartmasters.org.

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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 !