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Published on June 5th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Fun with metrics: Coldplay is bigger than The Beatles. Here’s why and how.

Determining The Biggest Band of All Time® was once easy. Which group sold the most records? Case closed, right?

Not today, though. We have many more ways of measuring a band’s popularity. Cameron Gordon over at Completely Ignored looked at things this way. Click on the image to see the entire study.

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2 Responses to Fun with metrics: Coldplay is bigger than The Beatles. Here’s why and how.

  1. Jeremy says:

    Yeah I mean of course Coldplay is more popular right now.. the Beatles are 39 years older, they aren’t mainstream anymore like Coldplay is. The only way to compare popularity would be to compare Coldplay’s height (around 2003 album wise, 2008 single wise, or right now concert wise) with the height of the Beatles in their own time.

    • Dan says:

      This is exactly right. The idea that Coldplay is bigger than the Beatles based off of CURRENT data, especially streaming data, is plain stupid.

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