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

01.06.08 [daddy´s LP´s]

PER ALBUM TYPE

Best Of Albums

01 Bob Marley Legend (1984) : 1 895 000
02 ABBA Gold – Greatest Hits (1992) : 1 810 000
03 Jean-Jacques Goldman Singulier (1996) : 1 740 000
04 Elton John The Very Best Of (1990) : 1 730 000
05 Florent Pagny Bienvenue Chez Moi (1995) : 1 550 000
06 Mylène Farmer Les Mots (2001) : 1 550 000
07 Francis Cabrel Cabrel 77-87 (1987) : 1 520 000
08 Queen Greatest Hits II (1991) : 1 520 000
09 The Beatles 1967-1970 (1973) : 1 490 000
10 Jacques Brel 15 Ans D’Amour (1988) : 1 460 000
11 Charles Aznavour 20 Chansons D’Or (1987) : 1 440 000
12 The Beatles 1962-1966 (1973) : 1 360 000
13 Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits (1972) : 1 325 000
14 Supertramp The Very Best Of (1990) : 1 230 000
15 Emile & Images Jusqu’Au Bout De La Nuit (1999) : 1 220 000
16 Dire Straits Money For Nothing (1988) : 1 220 000
17 U2 Best Of 1980-1990 (1998) : 1 210 000
18 Lionel Richie Back To Front (1992) : 1 180 000
19 Madonna The Immaculate Collection (1990) : 1 085 000
20 Barry White Ultimate Collection (1999) : 1 065 000

Most of those albums have already been discussed through previous lists. A trio of albums need to be highlighted yet. Bob Marley perennial seller Legend sits at the top of the list, which looks natural as iconic as it is. Jean-Jacques Goldman owns the greatest selling compilation among local acts, again quite naturally giving his dominance on French music scene. ABBA cult Gold album is at #2 and still going strong. Out of the top 7 albums, those three happen to be the only ones not almost completely replaced and as such are hot favorites to extend their lead.

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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