CSPC: Simon & Garfunkel Popularity Analysis

Simon and Garfunkel

Digital Singles Sales

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

Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. (1964) – 176,000 equivalent albums

The Sound of Silence – 1,050,000
Remaining tracks – 120,000

Sounds of Silence (1966) – 507,000 equivalent albums

The Sound of Silence – 2,550,000
I Am a Rock – 300,000
Kathy’s Song – 250,000
April Come She Will – 220,000
Remaining tracks – 60,000

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966) – 186,000 equivalent albums

Scarborough Fair / Canticle – 480,000
Homeward Bound – 400,000
Remaining tracks – 360,000

Bookends (1968) – 353,000 equivalent albums

America – 420,000
Mrs. Robinson – 1,630,000
Remaining tracks – 300,000

Bridge over Troubled Water (1970) – 903,000 equivalent albums

Bridge over Troubled Water – 2,250,000
El Condor Pasa (If I Could) – 920,000
Cecilia – 770,000
The Boxer – 1,470,000
Remaining tracks – 610,000

Orphan – 27,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 180,000

With The Sound of Silence, I’m forced to do something that has never been done before: splitting it into two albums. The song is known through its acoustic and electric versions available on their first 2 albums. The problem is that while Spotify has both versions, they are shown with a unique count of streams so we need to identify another way to split it.

Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M and Sounds of Silence sold 7,69 million combined, 27,8% from the former and 72,2% from the latter. Similarly, their streams for tracks outside of The Sound of Silence are split 29,4%-70,6%. To stay consistent with these figures, we will assign 28,6% of the song’s digital results to  Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M and 71,4% to Sounds of Silence. We have a first example here as the song’s 3,6 million downloads and ringtones are spread just like this.

Continuing on downloads, Simon & Garfunkel songs aren’t as strong as one could have expect. They are still healthy at more than 6 million for songs from Bridge Over Troubled Water and an average of 2 million from the remaining 4 eras.

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I still can’t stand them. They are obnoxious with their pedo song.


This is insane, They released only five albuns, but reached 124 million CSPC! David Bowie for instance, needed to release 27 albums to produce the same numbers.


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