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Ask Billboard: Taylor Swift’s Career Sales & Streaming Totals, From ‘Tim McGraw’ to ‘You Need to Calm Down’

Plus, Swift matches Madonna for a Hot 100 record.

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We could look at the sales and streams of many artists, but, as Brendon Urie points out, she’s the only one of her, so let’s recap Swift‘s. Here is a look at the superstar’s U.S. album sales, best-selling songs and top on-demand-streamed songs, according to Nielsen Music (through June 27).

Taylor Swift’s Album Sales
7.18 million, Fearless / 6.19 million, 1989 / 5.72 million, Taylor Swift / 4.68 million, Speak Now / 4.45 million, Red / 2.23 million, Reputation / 1.08 million, The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (EP) / 368,000, Speak Now: World Tour Live CD + DVD / 359,000, Beautiful Eyes (EP)

Swift’s career U.S. album sales stand at 32.7 million. She’s the 23rd-best-selling album artist since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991, and the fifth-best-selling woman, after Mariah Carey (55.5 million), Celine Dion (53 million), Shania Twain (35 million) and Britney Spears (33.6 million). Garth Brooks leads all artists with 72.4 million albums sold in that span.

Taylor Swift’s Best-Selling Digital Songs
6.1 million, “Love Story” / 5.42 million, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” / 5.4 million, “Shake It Off” / 4.9 million, “You Belong With Me” / 4.6 million, “Blank Space” / 4.1 million, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” / 3.4 million, “Our Song” / 3.2 million, “Bad Blood” (feat. Kendrick Lamar) / 3 million, “Teardrops on My Guitar” / 2.5 million, “Mean”

And …

Taylor Swift’s Most-Streamed Songs (On-Demand)
1.09 billion, “Shake It Off” / 721 million, “Look What You Made Me Do” / 628 million, “Blank Space” / 527 million, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (with Zayn) / 442.1 million, “Bad Blood” (feat. Kendrick Lamar) / 442 million, “I Knew You Were Trouble.” / 409 million, “You Belong With Me” / 371 million, “Delicate” / 316 million, “Love Story” / 311 million, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

As for more Swift …


Hi Gary,

It occurs to me that “You Need to Calm Down” might turn out to be Taylor Swift’s sixth runner-up hit on the Billboard Hot 100, one more even than her five No. 1s. At this point, her No. 2 songs are “You Belong With Me,” “Today Was a Fairytale,” “I Knew You Were Trouble.,” “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” (with Zayn), “ME!” (featuring Brendon Urie) and “Calm” (with “Trouble” being my fave of that batch).

With six No. 2 hits, well, you know which other artist has endured at least that many Hot 100 peaks: only Madonna. Her runner-up singles: “Material Girl,” “Causing a Commotion,” “Express Yourself,” “Cherish,” “I’ll Remember” and “Frozen.”

I realize that with the promotion of her upcoming album’s release, Swift’s current hit might still jump to the top spot … if it (or anything?) can get past Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.

Me? I’m Pablo Nelson,
Oakland, California

Thanks Pablo,

Let’s run down the acts with the most No. 2 Hot 100 hits, after Madonna and Swift. Also noted below are how many No. 1s each artist has earned:

Most No. 2 Hot 100 Hits
6, Madonna (12 No. 1s)
6, Taylor Swift (5 No. 1s)
5, Carpenters (3 No. 1s)
5, Creedence Clearwater Revival (0 No. 1s)
4, Mariah Carey (18 No. 1s)
4, Janet Jackson (10 No. 1s)
4, Elton John (9 No. 1s)
4, Elvis Presley (7 No. 1s)
4, Puff Daddy/P. Diddy (5 No. 1s)

So, at least all the acts above reached No. 1, except for CCR. As a consolation, the band notched two No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart: Green River in 1969 and Cosmo’s Factory in 1970.


As for top two Hot 100 smashes, who has the most? Here’s a look, with total No. 1 and No. 2 hits broken out:

Most Top Two Hot 100 Hits
23, The Beatles (20 No. 1s / 3 No. 2s)
22, Mariah Carey (18 No. 1s / 4 No. 2s)
18, Madonna (12 No. 1s / 6 No. 2s)
17, Rihanna (14 No. 1s / 3 No. 2s)
15, Michael Jackson (13 No. 1s / 2 No. 2s)
14, Janet Jackson (10 No. 1s / 4 No. 2s)
14, The Supremes (12 No. 1s / 2 No. 2s)
13, Elton John (9 No. 1s / 4 No. 2s)
12, Whitney Houston (11 No. 1s / 1 No. 2)
12, Usher (9 No. 1s / 3 No. 2s)
12, Stevie Wonder (10 No. 1s / 2 No. 2s)
11, Paul McCartney (9 No. 1s / 2 No. 2s)
11, Elvis Presley (7 No. 1s / 4 No. 2s)
11, Taylor Swift (5 No. 1s / 6 No. 2s)
10, Katy Perry (9 No. 1s / 1 No. 2)
10, The Rolling Stones (8 No. 1s / 2 No. 2s)

In that light, Swift is one of only 14 acts with 11 or more top two Hot 100 hits, tying the totals of Elvis and a Beatle.

And, as Swift once reminded us …