Streaming Masters – David Bowie

David Bowie - streaming statistics

Aladdin Sane, Ziggy Stardust, The Thin White Duke, Major Tom… Behind all these pseudonyms is one of the most influent singer ever: David Bowie. Many of his albums and songs are considered classics, especially the ones coming from the 70s.

Is Bowie’s music still listened a lot nowadays on streaming plateforms? Which albums and tracks are the favorites of today’s listeners?

PS: Updated on March 11, 2022. These values are used for the automatic updates of artists and albums total instead of former ones from CSPC analysis.

David Bowie 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

David Bowie streaming review – the results

CSPC David Bowie streaming discography numbers Spotify YouTube

Total: 5,750,341 EAS

David Bowie: Most streamed tracks (EAS)

1. Under Pressure [Orphan]1,155,000
2. Heroes [Heroes]425,000
3. Let’s Dance [Let’s Dance]323,000
4. Space Oddity [David Bowie (1969)]309,000
5. Starman [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars]287,000
6. Rebel Rebel [Diamond Dogs]286,000
7. Life On Mars? [Hunky Dory]245,000
8. Changes [Hunky Dory]157,000
9. Moonage Daydream [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars]157,000
10. Modern Love [Let’s Dance]156,000
11. Ziggy Stardust [The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars]115,000
12. The Man Who Sold The World [The Man Who Sold The World]82,000
13. China Girl [Let’s Dance]82,000
14. Ashes To Ashes [Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)]78,000
15. Fame [Young Americans]67,000
16. Young Americans [Young Americans]67,000
17. Lazarus [★ (Blackstar)]59,000
18. Golden Years [Station to Station]59,000
19. The Jean Genie [Aladdin Sane]59,000
20. Sound And Vision [Low]56,000

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Speed of Life

I see it now the songs from Toy are added to the original versions!

Speed of Life

Many thanks Anthony for the updates Bowie streaming figures. A great piece of work. Just some observations – the Buddha of Suburbia and Toy albums are in the orphan column. There are a lot of song totals missing from songs greyed out on albums no longer on his home page but still available on Spotify.They can be located by linking from old playlists and saving the albums in your library.I have made a playlist of them. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3DzQElTCVWnzrAnCkQcglg?si=06e9ca6479904795 Cat People is the main one – the single version has an extra 25M plus. You will have to look at it on… Read more »

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