CSPC: Elton John Popularity Analysis

Physical Singles Sales – Part 9

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Orphan – 3,842,000 equivalent albums

I’ve Been Loving You – 25,000
From Denver To L.A. – 50,000
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – 4,190,000
Are You Ready For Love – 30,000 (1979) + 220,000 (2003)
Mama Can’t Buy You Love – 890,000
Donner Pour Donner – 380,000
J’veux d’la Tendresse – 160,000
I Saw Her Standing There – 30,000
That’s What Friends Are For – 1,740,000
Flames of Paradise – 450,000
Through the Storm – 370,000
You Gotta Love Someone – 410,000
Easier to Walk Away – 140,000
Can You Feel the Love Tonight – 1,500,000
Circle of Life – 730,000
You Can Make History – 160,000
Written in the Stars – 430,000
A Step Too Far – 10,000
Ghetto Gospel – 590,000
Remaining Singles – 300,000

Although John issued plenty of albums he still issued various stand-alone singles. The Motown tribute Don’t Go Breaking My Heart was a terrific smash with more than 4 million sales. Mama Can’t Buy You Love sold close to 900,000 while at 380,000 comes Donner Pour Donner, a duet with the late France Gall aimed to confirm his breaking of the French market at last, a strategy which succeeded.

His contribution to Dionne Warwick‘s That’s What Friends Are For, as well as his theme song for the Lion King, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, are both well over one million. In various markets 2Pac‘s posthumous song Ghetto Gospel did wonders. In total, those songs bring his career tally to an outstanding 65,34 million physical singles sales. Of course, this doesn’t include the 1997 version of Candle in the Wind

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