France Best Selling Albums Ever:
All-Time Ranking (2015)

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PER ALBUM LANGUAGE

English language studio Albums

01 Michael Jackson Thriller (1982) : 3 745 000
02 Michael Jackson Dangerous (1991) : 2 175 000
03 Soundtrack Grease (1978) : 2 040 000
04 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985) : 2 010 000
05 Adele 21 (2011) : 1 850 000
06 Michael Jackson Bad (1987) : 1 785 000
07 Soundtrack Dirty Dancing (1987) : 1 750 000
08 Soundtrack / Whitney Houston The Bodyguard (1992) : 1 720 000
09 Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) : 1 715 000
10 Soundtrack / James Horner Titanic (1997) : 1 690 000
11 Michael Jackson HIStory (1995) : 1 675 000
12 Nirvana Nevermind (1991) : 1 665 000
13 Céline Dion Let’s Talk About Love (1997) : 1 610 000
14 Norah Jones Come Away With Me (2002) : 1 590 000
15 Neil Young Harvest (1972) : 1 570 000
16 The Cranberries No Need To Argue (1994) : 1 540 000
17 Soundtrack / Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever (1977) : 1 530 000
18 Pink Floyd The Wall (1979) : 1 525 000
19 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975) : 1 430 000
20 Mika Life in Cartoon Motion (2007) : 1 425 000

This list is mainly oriented towards three axis. The first one is Michael Jackson, by far the major figure here at #1, #2, #6 and #11 with  four consecutive albums. The second axis is Soundtracks that occupy five of the Top 17 spots, including Grease at #3. The third axis is Pink Floyd with three albums inside the Top 20 including their classic Dark Side Of The Moon #9.

3 thoughts on “France Best Selling Albums Ever:
All-Time Ranking (2015)”

    1. Hello!

      Well, Femmes D’Aujourd’hui is one of those albums that came very close to the million mark but missed it – in France as once Belgium and Switzerland sales added it just get there. This album had the disadvantage to be big in 1986 / first half of 1987 while the market exploded just a few months later thanks to legislation change that saw taxes (TVA) on records be largely reduced. Plus, the very low catalog appeal of the album prevented it from ultimately breaking the mark as there have been very low numbers of LP to CD replacement for this record.

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