CSPC: Aerosmith Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales – Part 1

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

Aerosmith (1973) – 545,000 equivalent albums

Dream On – 3,490,000
Remaining tracks – 140,000

Get Your Wings (1974) – 33,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 220,000

Toys in the Attic (1975) – 626,000 equivalent albums

Walk This Way – 2,440,000
Sweet Emotion – 1,470,000
Remaining tracks – 260,000

Rocks (1976) – 54,000 equivalent albums

Back in the Saddle – 260,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Draw the Line (1977) – 12,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 80,000

Night in the Ruts (1979) – 5,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 35,000

Rock in a Hard Place (1982) – 3,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 20,000

Done with Mirrors (1985) – 6,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 40,000

The popularity of Dream On, especially in the US, remains massive. The song is one of the most downloaded from the 70s at nearly 3,5 million units. Walk This Way is a solid runner up at 2,44 million units. All versions have been combined. Then Sweet Emotion is big too. It sold 1,47 million so far. The last two songs are nearly as big in the US, but the former has a wider appeal globally.

Apart from these 3 songs, there isn’t much that remains relevant nowadays among these tunes.

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Hi MJD, in Asia Aerosmith outside Japan sell this way less than Metallica?


Asia – 9,780,000
Japan – 7,065,000

Asia – 8.380.000
Japan – 3.785.000

Aerosmith in Japan have sold far more, but there is no history outside.


Except this is inaccurate. Aerosmith has more than 150 million world wide in album sales. And if you rank them by platinum album sales Aerosmith is ranked 14th above metallica, Bon jovi, van halen, the who, Michael Jackson. And Aerosmith has still sold more units in America than bon jovi or metallica.

Greg Hermann

Join the discussion…I heard on a 60 minutes episode of Steve Tyler on an interview and they said Aerosmith had sold 160 million albums world wide back in 2013. Obviously 7 years later their even higher now.


You get about 160m if you add all album and single sales together unweighted.

Greg Hermann

I guess that’s the way it works for all artists. Record sales are way less these days because everything is digital streaming what you have to have 1500 streams gisty just the equal one album sale.