Meat Loaf’s Bat Out Hell reaches highest-ever chart position

You’d think that an album that has sold somewhere beyond 45 million copies would have at one point reached #1 on the Billboard album charts. Nope. An interesting piece of trivia about Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell is that upon its original release, it never reached higher than #14. But you know what they say: Death is good for business.

Sales and streams related to Bat Out of Hell have been going like, well, a bat out of hell ever since Meat Loaf’s death a couple of weeks ago. The album is back on the Billboard album charts, debuting at #13, one position higher than its best showing in 1978. Week-over-week sales were up 3,677%. Not only that, but debuted at #1 on the Top Rock Album charts and is #1 on the Catalogue Albums chart (for the 23rd week in a row, no less.)

Bat Out of Hell: Back into Hell, his 1993 record, is also back in the charts. So is The Essential Meat Loaf.

Looking at individual songs:

  • “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)” sold about 20,000 digital tracks, an increase of 8,876.
  • “Paradise by the Dashboard Life” is up by 7,772%. (Also his most-streamed song at 4.5 million listens followed by “I’d Do Anything” at 4.4 million)
  • “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” is up 9,189%.
  • “You Took the Worlds Right Out of My Mouth,” up 9,089%
  • “Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through,” up 10.930%.

More data on Meat Loaf’s posthumous success here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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