Streaming Masters – Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi - streaming statistics

Bon Jovi‘s Slippery When Wet being the most successful album of 1986 and the 13th ever, one can expect massive numbers on streaming avenue for this album. Is this feeling true? And what about their other albums?

PS: Updated on January 28, 2022. These values are used for the automatic updates of artists and albums total instead of former ones from CSPC analysis.

Bon Jovi 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* : QQ video streams * 50 if the song is available for audio stream, QQ video streams * 5 elseway (scale built based on known figures for several major artists)– 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 on 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 + ( QQ views* 50(or 5) + YouTube ) / 11750

Bon Jovi streaming review – the results

CSPC Bon Jovi streaming discography numbers Spotify YouTube

Total: 5,360,561 EAS

Bon Jovi: Most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Livin’ on a Prayer [Slippery When Wet]1,009,000
2. You Give Love a Bad Name [Slippery When Wet]695,000
3. It’s My Life [Crush]650,000
4. Always [Orphan]420,000
5. Wanted Dead or Alive [Slippery When Wet]295,000
6. Bed of Roses [Keep the Faith]269,000
7. Runaway [Bon Jovi]169,000
8. I’ll Be There for You [New Jersey]160,000
9. Bad Medicine [New Jersey]122,000
10. Blaze Of Glory [Blaze of Glory]113,000
11. Thank You for Loving Me [Crush]75,000
12. Never Say Goodbye [Slippery When Wet]71,000
13. Have a Nice Day [Have a Nice Day]71,000
14. Born to Be My Baby [New Jersey]65,000
15. This Ain’t a Love Song [These Days]55,000
16. In These Arms [Keep the Faith]44,000
17. Keep the Faith [Keep the Faith]41,000
18. We Weren’t Born to Follow [The Circle]38,000
19. Who Says You Can’t Go Home [Have a Nice Day]37,000
20. Misunderstood [Bounce]32,000

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Dan

I’m curious to see the revised Bon Jovi overall sales. Pretty sure they’ll be very close to Metallica, but won’t pass them.

p.s. Why are Jon’s solo albums included (which is fine by me), but not Richie’s?
I’m only talking about the time when Richie was part of Bon Jovi.
When Blaze of Glory was released, Richie relased Stranger in This Town. Same regarding Destination Anywhere and Undiscovered Soul.

Jsak

For me it’s wrong, the band is the band, the solo projects are something else.

Analord

“Just a small technicality for this group, as their greatest hits albums involve songs from both the band and the couple of albums lead singer Jon Bon Jovi issued under his own name, I’m adding those two albums into the study. Feel free to remove final sales figures for them from the overall total of the band.” – MJD

Koro

Update the weeknd albums and songs sales and streaming masters

Jsak

Numbers that demolish Guns, Metallica and Nirvana…

Analord

You’re joking, right ?

Jsak

No, I’m not joking, I’m talking about streaming numbers, not physical copies.

Analord

Metallica : 7.6 billion streams
Nirvana : 6
Guns N’ Roses : 5.8
Bon Jovi : 4.4

https://chartmasters.org/most-streamed-artists-ever-on-spotify/

Smiley

Additionally, Metallica, GnR and Nirvana have all achieved higher streaming figures from smaller discographies.

Jsak
Thomas Christiansen

Look at the dates. Those are 3 years old, whereas Bon Jovi’s are new.

Jsak

Today as monthly listeners Bon Jovi have more than Metallica on Spotify

Last edited 1 month ago by Jsak
Jsak

Watch the data on spotify “today”: we have 20.433.015 monthly listeners for Bon Jovi vs 18.815.354 for Metallica. With AC/DC the difference is even greater, we are at 23.137.901 monthly listeners.

Martin

But it means almost nothing, it’s a pointless statistic, that tells us nothing, except how many unique listeners there are, for each act.

Say the 20m unique BJ listeners come to listen to an average of 3 BJs hits, while the 18m unique Metallica listeners, come to listen to an average of 7 of their tracks. That means 60m BJ streams against 126m Metallica streams.

Last edited 1 month ago by Martin
Jsak

I’m talking about the most streamed tracks. It seems clear to me that for the “man in the street” Bon Jovi are more popular than the other three bands and you listen more to their most famous songs.

Thomas Christiansen

Not clear to me. Top 5 tracks on Spotify (raw, No live versions etc.) Nirvana 1 Smells Like Teen Spirit 1,190,547,905 2 Come As You Are 722,706,316 3 Heart-Shaped Box 402,951,229 4 Lithium 372,714,354 5 The Man Who Sold The World 251,410,767 GnR 1 Sweet Child O’ Mine 1,102,984,755 2 Welcome To The Jungle 716,061,133 3 Paradise City 683,211,209 4 November Rain 595,159,126 5 Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door 430,173,068 Bon Jovi 1 Livin’ On A Prayer 892,159,057 2 You Give Love A Bad Name 646,199,691 3 It’s My Life 495,078,999 4 Always 322,866,983 5 Wanted Dead Or Alive 269,852,922 Metallica… Read more »

Dan

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Last edited 4 months ago by Dan
Jsak

AC/DC less than Metallica ????

Analord

Well yes, Metallica have more streams than AC/DC, not surprising when you consider that they have way more classic albums.

Jsak

Top ten spotify AC/DC

1) Back in black 950.676.658
2) Highway to hell 913.912.689
3) Thunderstruck 864.990.181
4) You shook me all night 646.302.453
5) T.N.T. 427.472.746
6) Hells bells 237.002.361
7) Shoot to thrill 237.377.116
8) Dirty deeds done dirty cheap 216.150.252
9) It’s a long way to the top 156.060.300
10) Rock N Roll Train 110.766.063

To me they seem much higher numbers…

Thomas Christiansen

AC/DC are at 7.2B, so not far behind Metallica’s total. And their top 5 is huge. Bigger than Metallica’s, bigger than Bon Jovi, GnR & Nirvana too(although Sweet Child and Smells Like both top BIB)
But Metallica are huge beyond their hits. Big album tracks too.
In raw numbers Metallica have 30 songs above 50M and 67 songs above 20M.
AC/DC have 18 and 38 respectively.
Metallica are bigger in streaming. And this is coming from me… just about the biggest AC/DC fan on this site…

Jsak

How many covers are there out of 97 songs? 🙂

Thomas Christiansen

It’s 30 above 50M + 37 between 20-50M, so it’s 67 total and not 97 total above 20M.
3 of those are covers.

Jsak

AC/DC have been on Spotify for less time anyway.

Last edited 4 months ago by Jsak
Thomas Christiansen

True. About 2,5 years. (Dec12-July15)

Jsak

Today as monthly listeners AC/DC clearly above Metallica

Thomas Christiansen

“Way more classic albums”?
I suppose that’s a matter of taste. I definately disagree!!!

Trying to be objective I’d say Metallica have 5 classic albums. Their first 5 up to and including the Black Album. I’d say AC/DC have 8. 5 fronted by Bon Scott (High Voltage, Dirty Deeds, Let There Be Rock, Powerage & Highway To Hell) plus 3 fronted by Brian (Back in Black, For Those About To Rock & The Razors Edge) Classic albums doesn’t have to be big albums mind you. “Powerage” certainly isn’t big, but in the Hard Rock/Heavy Metal community it’s a classic. Just ask Slash, Keith Richards, Joe Perry, Dave Mustaine or the guys in Metallica. I… Read more »

Jsak

T.N.T. it is much more classic than Powerage.

Thomas Christiansen

I included High Voltage, basically the international version of T.N.T.

Analord

It has nothing to do with taste… I don’t know what your definition of “classic” is but to me it essentially means “enduring popularity”, Metallica’s albums are much more popular than AC/DC’s albums, that’s all I meant.

Thomas Christiansen

Okay then, the 5 classic Metallica albums. Studio vers. only 1 Metallica – 2,435,801,930 2 Master of Puppets – 736.415.384 3 Ride the Lightning – 690,172,939 4 …And Justice for All – 643,140,233 5 Kill ‘Em All – 367.913.462 And then, 5 Classic AC/DC albums. Studio vers. 1 Back in Black – 2,255,661,639 2 Highway to Hell – 1,151,073,413 3 The Razors Edge – 1,047,469,871 4 High Voltage – 681,598,588 5 Dirty Deeds – 303,955,225 How is that much more popular? However, Metallica’s recent albums are more popular than AC/DC’s. Death Magnetic is close to 300M and Hardwired is 500M+.… Read more »

Martin

We discussed similar issues, a few years ago, with I think Queens Hot Space and Led Zeppelin. Hot Space (1.140B) absolutely blows Led Zeppelin (550m) out of the water, with regards to overall streaming total but it’s clear which is the classic album, the acclaimed album etc. The irony is, that Hot Space is actually Queens most derided and unloved album lol I think the AC/DC v Metallica issue is similar. For me, some of AC/DCs albums, have their amazing totals from Hot Space/Under Pressure type track/scenarios, whereas Metallicas are more from the sum of the tracks, like Led Zeppelin… Read more »

Last edited 4 months ago by Martin
Jsak

The comparison between the two bands must be done from July 2015, before AC/DC were not present on Spotify, 30 months less is a lot.
AC/DC therefore have higher numbers.

Martin

Yes, their numbers would be slightly higher, but not that much higher. Streaming has greatly increased in popularity since AC/DCs inception. Back in 2015, things were still very slow.

In March 2016 I had Metallica on just over 600m total streams, Sandman was top with 72m, Nothing 2nd on 62m. They seemed to be adding around 30m a month at this point, so deducting the months back to July 2015, I reckon Metallica had a head start of around 350m-400m.

Having said that, It’s not going to change what I was saying about albums and their popularity, stream distribution etc.

Analord

Yeah their numbers would be essentially the same (7.5 billion).

Jsak

Did Metallica, Oasis and Red Hot Chili Peppers start together on Spotify ?

Martin

Yes, they all signed a pact, to start on the exact same day, at the exact same time!

Thomas Christiansen

Martin I see your point comparing TRE to Hot Space. Difference is Thunderstruck was the lead single promoting the album, released a matter of days prior to TRE. Whereas Under Pressure was released to promote their greatest hits album (both oct 1981), and Hot Space was released 7 months later in May 1982! Under Pressure was included to save what would have been a disaster. It doesn’t even fit the album. Still, Hot Space looks great on paper, but it isn’t. Furthermore, from the studio album Under Pressure is responsible for 92% of Spotify plays. The rest of the album… Read more »

Analord

You can’t seriously believe that The Razors Edge is more popular than Master of Puppets… Just think about it.

Martin

This is the problem I have with all this. The reality is, if we are judging an albums popularity by its overall streams, then yes, RE is more popular than MOP. and Hot Space is more popular than Led Zeppelin I, II and III.

IMO we are not now measuring an albums popularity, just it’s tracks.

Last edited 4 months ago by Martin
Thomas Christiansen

Agreed. No doubt Master of Puppets is a bigger CLASSIC than The Razors Edge, even though TRE has bigger numbers – mainly due to Thunderstruck (although Moneytalks and Are You Ready are doing ok). But both albums are classics.

And we were discussing their number of classic albums.

And you can’t seriously believe Load & Reload are classics, while I believe Let There Be Rock and Powerage are, even though their numbers are smaller.
Just think about it.

Analord

OK, let’s look at the least streamed song on all of these albums : Master Of Puppets : 25m Ride The Lightning : 23m And Justice For All : 21m Metallica : 20m Kill ‘Em All : 12m Back In Black : 15m Highway To Hell : 8m High Voltage : 5m Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap : 3.5m Let There Be Rock : 3m The Razors Edge : 3m Powerage : 3m For Those About To Rock : 1.5m AC/DC’s numbers remind me of Queen’s, i.e. people don’t seem to care much about their albums. Classic albums look more… Read more »

Thomas Christiansen

I agree Metallica is a bigger streaming artist because of bigger album tracks. In fact I pointed that out myself about 20 posts above!!! However, I still object that they have more CLASSIC albums than AC/DC. The albums you just mentioned are truly classics, but not necessarily due to those numbers. Bat Out of Hell, A Day at the Races, News of the World, Ziggy Stardust, Born to Run, Willie and the Poor Boys, Slippery When Wet, New Jersey, Pyromania, Hysteria, Van Halen, 1984, Ace of Spades, Paranoid, Master of Reality, In Rock, Machine Head, Blackout, Love at First Sting,… Read more »

Jsak

I don’t think that the Bon Jovi and Def Leppard albums are however considered classics by generalist critics from a cultural point of view. Same goes for 1984 by Van Halen. They are too glam albums to be, and the glam movement is generally seen as mediocre music.

Thomas Christiansen

I suppose you’re right actually.
But the man on the street would call Pyromania and Slippery When Wet classics. The critic would call London Calling and The Velvet Underground & Nico classics.

I don’t see why they can’t both be right.

Analord

“But the man on the street would call Pyromania and Slippery When Wet classics.”

The “man on the street” doesn’t care about Pyromania (least streamed song : 1.3m) and he doesn’t care much more about Bon Jovi’s albums.

I think we have a problem of definition here, as I said above a classic album to me is an old album that people still listen to, I have no idea what your definition is though…

Thomas Christiansen

First of all. Def Leppard wasn’t on Spotify until jan 2018, so 1.3M for the least played track of a 1983 album isn’t that bad (3.3M for Hysteria). Secondly, I love playlists, use them all the time. Use them for Pink Floyd and the Beatles as well as Def Leppard and Bon Jovi. Don’t recall the last time I heard “Action not Words” (1.3m), but I have 6 other tracks from Pyromania on my Def Leppard playlist. Because it’s a classic. Revered by their Peers and followers. Thirdly, I do still put on an entire album occasionally. Not necessarily on… Read more »

Analord

So you think Pyromania is a classic because it’s “revered by their peers and followers” ? Who are these “peers and followers” exactly ?

No offense but you sound like a totally delusional AC/DC fan when you say they have “eight classic albums”… Who cares about albums like The Razors Edge except for AC/DC fans ? Critics don’t care, music fans in general don’t care, so calling them “classic albums” doesn’t make any sense, I’m sorry.

Thomas Christiansen

I’ve read music magazines for years and years, mainly Rock and Metal ones of course, I’ve seen the documentaries mentioned above. High praise for those albums, Pyromania maybe more than Hysteria actually. It paved the way commercially for a lot of Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands in the mid/late 80s. The Razors Edge saved AC/DC’s career at the dawn of the 90s, when Grunge took it’s toll on most 80s bands. It was a huge comeback for them. Much like Eliminator had been for ZZ Top and Permanent Vacation for Aerosmith. Two more classics, but I’m sure you’ll disagree on that… Read more »

Martin

I feel those magazines always overstated the importance of acts, albums etc I found they were always full of hyperbole and needed to be taken with a pinch of salt. I wouldn’t say it saved their career, Their previous album, Blow Up Your Video, went Top 10 in a good few countries. I think it piqued interest in them again, but it was short lived as neither Ballbreaker or Stiff Upper Lip done much to leave an impression on people. It was really the Black Ice comeback that was amazing and in my opinion made them more popular than ever.… Read more »

Analord

Indeed I don’t think Permanent Vacation is a classic album, especially considering its least streamed song has 0.6m streams 😆 In other words, no one cares about this album, certainly not young people.

Anyway, let’s just say we have a different definition of what makes a classic album… Would you at least agree that Metallica’s albums are much more popular than AC/DC’s ? And please, I’m talking about albums, not songs.

Jsak

Permanent vacation today nobody listens to it, it can never be considered a classic. He’s got more youtube views now Moth into flame than Dude…

Martin

It wasn’t back in the 80s either.

Martin

I don’t think a lot of those albums are considered overall classics, classics to a point, within a hard rock/metal context but not general classics ala Dark Side, Sgt Peppers, Thriller, Never mind etc albums that have transcended genre etc.

Thomas Christiansen

Come on now. Why does an album have to be a legendary, landmark, genre-defining, genre-transcending, juggernaut of a monsterseller to be called a classic?! Most artists can only dream of ever having one such album. What a poor world we live in, if there are only about a dozen classic albums in it! Luckily there are hundreds! Thriller is a HUGE classic, a landmark album, but MJ has other classics, DSOTM is a landmark album, but Pink Floyd have a handful of classics. Led Zeppelin have a handful of classics, Black Sabbath have a handful of classics…. Relax, I’m not… Read more »

Martin

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh in my judgement but I just don’t see a lot of those albums as being classics. I guess I have just developed my own hierarchy and rating system of classicness over the years.

Anyway, I do think these terms such as “classic”, “legendary” etc get bandied about far too readily and easily and of course they are purely subjective.

Jsak

If we talk about musical culture and not only about music sales, albums by bands like Husker Du, Sonic Youth, Swans, Popol Vuh, Pixies, Minutemen, The Gun Club, Foetus, My Bloody Valentine, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Unrest, Butthole Surfers, The Residents, Mission of Burma, The Pop Group, The Smiths, Peter Frohmader, Kraftwerk, Neu!, Nine Inch Nails, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Rip Rig & Panic, Red Krayola, Faust… are classic because they have revolutionized or renewed a specific musical genre.

Jsak

Trout mask replica is considered by many to be the best rock album ever, Tim Buckley’s “classics” have been rediscovered in the last 15 years, it depends what parameters you take into consideration…

Jsak

Of Queen or Billy Idol honestly I would have put another record…

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