Streaming Masters – Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath streaming numbers

The first album of the legendary heavy metal band Black Sabbath was released 50 years ago. Are they forgotten now? Or is their music still listened to nowadays?

Black Sabbath streaming review – the method

Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube.

To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.

In order to account for their real popularity in each relevant country, the below sources have been used along with the mentioned ratios that reflect the market share of each area.

Audio Streams
– South Korea : Genie streams * 3.05 (consistent with Gaon streaming numbers)
– Japan : AWA streams * 100/5.5 (AWA has 5.5% of the Japanese streaming market)
– Elsewhere : Spotify streams * (370 – 8.5 – 9.5 – 33 – 9) / 207 (370 million global subscribers minus 8.5 million from South Korea minus 9.5 million from Japan minus 33 million from China divided by the number of Spotify only users minus 9 million more Asian users) + Genie streams * 3.05 (uses Genie rather than Spotify to extrapolate markets like Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam)

Video Streams
– China* : Xiami streams * 125/6.5 (Xiami has just over 5% of the Chinese streaming market)
– Elsewhere : Youtube views

*since 96.4% of Chinese streaming platforms are free users, that paid-for users pay less than $2 a month and that they are also used as video streaming platforms, their streams are weighted in par with YouTube streams.

Audio Stream value – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream value – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = ( Spotify * 310/207 + Genie * 3.05*2 + AWA * 100/5.5 ) / 1500 + ( Xiami * 125/6.5 + YouTube ) / 11750

Black Sabbath streaming review – the results

CSPC Black Sabbath discography streaming

Total: 1,427,794 EAS

Black Sabbath most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Paranoid [Paranoid]348,000
2. Iron Man [Paranoid]212,000
3. War Pigs [Paranoid]121,000
4. Children of the Grave [Master of Reality]57,000
5. Heaven and Hell [Heaven and Hell]54,000
6. N.I.B. [Black Sabbath]51,000
7. Changes [Vol. 4]34,000
8. Planet Caravan [Paranoid]33,000
9. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath [Sabbath Bloody Sabbath]27,000
10. Sweet Leaf [Master of Reality]26,000
11. Black Sabbath [Black Sabbath]22,000
12. Fairies Wear Boots [Paranoid]19,000
13. God Is Dead? [13]17,000
14. The Wizard [Black Sabbath]17,000
15. Electric Funeral [Paranoid]15,000
16. Into the Void [Master of Reality]15,000
17. Snowblind [Vol. 4]15,000
18. Neon Knights [Heaven and Hell]11,000
19. Behind the Wall of Sleep [Black Sabbath]11,000
20. Hand of Doom [Paranoid]11,000

Sources: SpotifyYouTube, AWA (app), XiamiGenie.

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Thomas Christiansen

Hi Anthony. Thanks, great stuff. But where does the Deep Purple tracks come from? Like Sail Away and and Gettin’ Tighter? Some Glenn Hughes album? They’ve got nothing to do with Sabbath. Oh, and one could argue that these two “tracks”: WASP/Behind the Wall of Sleep/Basically/NIB A Bit of Finger/Sleeping Village/Warning Should be added to the “Black Sabbath” (debut album) total. They are no different than the original album. They are not medleys recorded later or anything. They are just tracked differently on certain (otherwise) identical albums. Basically/NIB thus is a live version of NIB, again not a “new” medley.… Read more »

Oh, and Rat Salas was already a drum solo on Paranoid, so Rat Salad/Drum Solo is actually Rat Salad.
Also Under the Sun/Everyday Comes is the same as Under the Sun.


In the discussion below I would not have been misunderstood: as far as Van Halen is concerned, I mean that they have sold more among the hard & heavy bands still to be studied. They remain below bands like Metallica, Aerosmith or Bon Jovi to be clear.


Things are going rather slow…………………..


What is the purpose of comments like this?


Patiently waiting for the analysis. About time we get some metal in here.


Yeah, I’d like to see Deep Purple and Iron Maiden analysed, although I do think they have probably sold less than their heralded figures, especially Purple. I think they same might be true about Black Sabbath and just roughly looking at certs, certainly US ones, it would appear that Ozzy has outsold them.


In the hard & heavy field there are many bands that could be analyzed: from Van Halen to Kiss to Def Leppard to Mötley Crüe, in the end I think the best sellers are Van Halen thanks to their extraordinary numbers in the USA, a huge market where Iron Maiden are little regarded


Aye, there’s many hard rock/heavy metal acts I’d like to see analysed and quite a few with very good sales.

Probably would be Van Halen, due to their US popularity and sales. Very similarly to Maidens relative lack of US success, Van Halen always struggled to find an appreciative audience in the UK. Many of their mega selling studio albums, in the US, failed to even break the UK Top 20, with only 2 going Top 10, 1995s Balance #8 and 2012s A Different Kind Of Truth #6.


I seriously doubt that Van Halen outsold Iron Maiden.


I think this was his old site – have a look at both the artists van halen sold more


They also have Aerosmith above Bon Jovi, and Pink Floyd above Elvis. So we’ll have to wait and see.


Pink Floyd appear to have sold less than Elvis as a total


van halen probably sold more they have two diamond certified albums in the us


In Europe and South America the Maiden are certainly better, but the difference in the United States is too extreme in favor of the Van Halen


Of course Van Halen sold more than Iron Maiden… In the US alone they may have sold more than what Iron Maiden sold worldwide (around 60 million).


Obviously yes, but whoever thinks otherwise is maybe a European and has a perception based on where he resides 😉


Just like Americans think the US is the only country in the world?
Take Led Zeppelin as an example. They outsold Queen in the US by almost 3:1, but still far behind in worldwide terms.
Van Halen are big in America, Iron Maiden are smaller in the US but bigger everywhere else.
Their first 8 albums were all platinum.
Can’t wait for their analysis (along with Van Halen, Def Leppard, Scorpions and Ozzy).


Iron Maiden are bigger outside the United States but the difference is certainly not comparable to that between Queen and Led Zeppelin in the Old Continent.
In the United States, however, the Van Halen are well above having sold 3 times as much, the Iron Maiden a dozen multiplatin and 2 diamond discs see them with binoculars.
If you wanti we beat a pizza 🙂


You’re on!


Can’t wait to see their sales and Ozzy!