CSPC: Paul Simon 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. 1986 – Paul SimonYou Can Call Me Al [Graceland]10,070,000
2. 1972 – Paul SimonMe and Julio Down by the Schoolyard [Paul Simon]6,740,000
3. 1975 – Paul Simon50 Ways to Leave Your Lover [Still Crazy After All These Years]4,570,000
4. 1990 – Paul SimonThe Obvious Child [The Rhythm of the Saints]2,780,000
5. 1986 – Paul SimonGraceland [Graceland]2,360,000
6. 1986 – Paul SimonDiamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes [Graceland]2,290,000
7. 1973 – Paul SimonKodachrome [There Goes Rhymin’ Simon]2,240,000
8. 1980 – Paul SimonLate in the Evening [One-Trick Pony]1,650,000
9. 1972 – Paul SimonMother and Child Reunion [Paul Simon]1,230,000
10. 1975 – Paul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years [Still Crazy After All These Years]1,090,000

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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 !