Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat Out of Hell’ Album Reaches All-Time Highest Chart After His Death (But It Won’t Make the Top 10)


Meat Loaf’s songs are filled with parenthetical clauses, so it seems appropriate to use one to explain what happened with his 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” on the new Billboard 200 chart: In 2022, after his death he climbed to his peak position to this day. (But reaching the top 10? It didn’t.)

“Bat Out of Hell” re-enters the album chart at No. 13 this week, Billboard reported Monday. Is it possible that one of the best-selling albums of all time never reached higher than that? He is. The zenith of the hit album, in its original version, was something of a single No. 14 in 1977, marking it as a serious slow burner in its rise to eventually be certified 14 times platinum just in the States. -United.

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But if you were looking for charts where Meat Loaf made the top 10 or even #1, Billboard had plenty of them.

On the Billboard Artist 100 chart, which takes into account all sales and streaming data for an artist’s entire catalog, Meat Loaf sits at No. given that fans have also turned to other elements of his oeuvre, such as the album “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” and other titles from his half-century career.

If you’re looking for absolute No. 1s for the late singer, “Bat Out of Hell” sits atop two charts: Catalog Albums and Rock Albums.

The original “Bat” was a near miss for the top spot on the album sales chart; it came in at No. 2. (This chart, of course, only tracks sales and omits streaming data that features in the overall Billboard 200.)

On the vinyl album chart, “Bat” had to settle for No. 20, a number that reflects how hard physical stores had to respond to sudden customer demand.

The percentage increases for album week were astronomical across all categories. The total number of album-equivalent units for “Bat” was 28,000, an increase of 3,677%, according to PMC Data. His 16,000 pure album sales marked a gain of 7,375%.

In total, PMC reported, Meat Loaf’s album catalog collectively sold 47,000 album-equivalent units, a weekly increase of 3,201%.

However, the song consumers most wanted to hear was not from the “Bat Out of Hell” album. It was “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do This,” from 1993’s “Bat II.” It didn’t make the national Billboard Hot 100, but it did make it into the Billboard Global 200 – an international chart that did not exist when the song was originally released – at No. 49. It was the No. 2 digital download track of the week, selling 20,000 copies, a increase of 8,876%.

Meat Loaf’s other top-selling songs, in order: “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad” (#5 on digital song sales); “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” (#5 on this same chart); “You took the words straight out of my mouth” (#12); “Bat Out of Hell” (#17); and “I’d lie for you (and it’s the truth)” (#49).

In regards to streaming and not sales, however, the order of the two fan-favorite songs was reversed. In this ranking, “Paradise” was the most streamed song in its catalog, with 4.5 million on-demand plays, followed closely by “I’d Do Anything” with 4.4 million.

Overall, Meat Loaf’s songs were streamed on demand 57.7 million times worldwide in the week following his death, including 21.1 million in the United States.

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