CSPC: Whitney Houston Popularity Analysis

Whitney Houston Career CSPC Results

Whitney 1963-2012

So, after checking all the figures, how much album sales equivalent has each overall Whitney Houston album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all the figures defined in this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


I’m sure all eyes directly went to The Bodyguard Total CSPC cell. We write and read these kind of articles with excitement precisely to discover those results. You must consider the total to be 53,350,000 overall, once factoring in other sales from singles which aren’t performed by Whitney Houston. Below is the Top 5 albums out of all previously posted articles:

1 1977 Soundtrack / Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever – 66,705,000
2 1977 Fleetwood MacRumours – 60,508,000
3 1971 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV – 56,573,000
4 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 51,899,000
5 1991 NirvanaNevermind – 51,570,000

Thus, The Bodyguard shoots directly to the #4 position on this ranking. This may be slightly disappointing considering it leads physical studio album sales, but it generated nowhere near as many compilation sales as Saturday Night Fever, Rumours or Led Zeppelin IV. Still, 53,35 million equivalent albums sold by a single LP is absolutely extraordinary – to put things into perspective, that’s the same tally as Shakira’s complete discography.

Such a beast surely takes some light away from Whitney’s remaining albums, but they are incredible on their own nonetheless. At 28,4 million and 26,3 million respectively, her first two records are true sales monsters as well. My Love Is Your Love is also rather impressive with 14,6 million overall sales. Subsequent records came nowhere near to such totals, but that doesn’t diminish the feats she managed previously.

  • In total, Whitney Houston sold a huge 151,7 million equivalent albums. Of course, this is less than Madonna at 241,1 million, Celine Dion at 193,4 million and Mariah Carey at 167,15 million, but one needs to consider Whitney Houston issued much fewer albums than they did. In terms of discography size, it would be more fair to compare her with Britney Spears at 99,8 million or Rihanna at 75,8 million, which shows her outstanding success level.

    The following page lists her most successful songs. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge her position in the history of the music industry.

    As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

    Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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