France Best Selling Albums Ever:
All-Time Ranking (2016)

Musical Albums

01 Musical Notre-Dame De Paris (1998) : 2 830 000
02 Musical Starmania (1978) : 2 085 000
03 Musical Roméo Et Juliette, De La Haine À L’Amour (2000) : 1 495 000
04 Musical Les Dix Commandements (2000) : 1 180 000
05 Musical Notre-Dame De Paris (Intégrale) (1998) : 1 170 000

Starmania started everything. The incredible success of this musical over two decades, with impressive results by the original set as well as related new releases in mid-90s pushed its author Luc Plamondon to create a new musical, which concluded on Notre-Dame De Paris, an even bigger success.

After noticing this unbelievable smash from 1998, all majors contracted lyricists, composers and dancers to create their own musicals. Some were successful, some weren’t, but both Roméo Et Juliette and Les Dix Commandements were everywhere in 2000.

14 thoughts on “France Best Selling Albums Ever:
All-Time Ranking (2016)”

  1. Hello Guillaume,
    Although ‘ABBA Gold’ should be No.3 in your ‘Hits’ Albums List, you have accidentally
    given it a joint No.2 place – with ‘Legend’.

    You also have no No.8 Album in the List – and that should be the Francis Cabrel Album.
    That becomes No.8, when you give ABBA the No.3 Position & move the next 5 Albums
    down a place.

    Very Best Wishes


  2. Hi Luca & Colin!

    Thanks a lot both, I knew I could count on you to fix typos 😉

    I think most are fixed now! I’ll keep checking to make sure everything is ok!

  3. Hi MJD! Great job as usual! I have a question for you, do you have a list of the best selling non-French/French-Canadian female artists in France (in terms of total album sales)? Madonna might be #1, but I’m not sure about the rest. I’d love to see how international acts like Madonna, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Adele, Britney Spears, Barbra Streisand, etc. rank! Thank you for your time!

    1. Hi Trish!

      Well 4 of those have already been covered by France Album Sales articles. No doubt I’ll continue posting several of them in the near future with Whitney Houston coming out soon 🙂

  4. MJ, are you planning to do Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson this year?

    I’m starving for those articles!

    Love your site 😉

  5. Wow. I thought Madonna was freaking huge in France. I guess she was very consistent, but she never had one great album that is like super monster big in France. I also thought she was bigger than Michael Jackson or at least as big, but clearly here Michael Jackson beat her by a long shot.

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