CSPC: Meat Loaf Popularity Analysis

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Digital Singles Sales

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

Bat Out of Hell (1977) – 336,000 equivalent albums

Bat Out of Hell – 530,000
You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) – 430,000
Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad – 520,000
Paradise by the Dashboard Light – 660,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Dead Ringer (1981) – 11,000 equivalent albums

Dead Ringer for Love – 60,000
Remaining tracks – 10,000

Midnight at the Lost and Found (1983) – 1,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 5,000

Bad Attitude (1984) – 1,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 5,000

Blind Before I Stop (1986) – 0 equivalent album

All tracks – irrelevant amount.

Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993) – 150,000 equivalent albums

I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) – 850,000
Remaining tracks – 150,000

Welcome to the Neighbourhood (1995) – 15,000 equivalent albums

I’d Lie for You (And That’s the Truth) – 80,000
Remaining tracks – 20,000

Couldn’t Have Said It Better (2003) – 6,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 40,000

Bat Out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (2006) – 32,000 equivalent albums

It’s All Coming Back to Me Now – 150,000
Remaining tracks – 60,000

Hang Cool Teddy Bear (2010) – 5,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 30,000

Hell in a Handbasket (2011) – 3,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 20,000

Braver Than We Are (2016) – 2,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 10,000

Orphan – 24,000 equivalent albums

Hot Patootie – 150,000
Remaining tracks – 10,000

Overall, downloads of Meat Loaf are bad. The 4 popular tracks from Bat Out Of Hell sold around half a million each. Paradise by the Dashboard Light leads the way thanks to larger North American numbers.

I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That) disappointingly fails to break the million mark. The lack of love from key downloads markets like South Korea no doubt impact its results ngatively. It’s still the highest selling download of Meat Loaf

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Thomas Christiansen

RIP Meat! Here’s a look at some Spotify figures for his hits/albums. Meat Loaf’s discography hasn’t survived the streaming age well. His biggest album is obviously his debut smash “Bat Out of Hell”, but even that one has rather disappointing streaming figures. The raw figure for the BOOH album is 269.2M plays – far from the 500M mark to make it to the list of big streaming albums of 1977. A list led by “Rumours” with a whopping 3032.8M plays! Anyway, all told (incl. live vers. etc) here are the figures for the 7 tracks on his iconic debut: 2… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Thomas Christiansen

I was chatting with him privately, a few months ago, about something similar. My point was that the popularity of Don’t Stop Me Now, nowadays is not the same as it was back in the day (70s, 80s and 90s). It only became such a favourite and their 2nd most popular track, sometime in the 00s. I wouldn’t say it was a forgotten about track but so many of their other songs, were clearly and evidently more popular, more well known, more talked about, more played etc. IMO it gets a greater share of comps sales than it should, because… Read more »

Thomas Christiansen

Makes sense, thanks!

Tom Riise


Joe Guerrino

Now that you did Meatloaf how about doing Credence? C’mon guys everybody would love to see Credence!