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

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PER ALBUM LANGUAGE

English language studio Albums

01 Michael Jackson Thriller (1982) : 3 760 000
02 Michael Jackson Dangerous (1991) : 2 180 000
03 Soundtrack Grease (1978) : 2 045 000
04 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985) : 2 020 000
05 Adele 21 (2011) : 1 870 000
06 Michael Jackson Bad (1987) : 1 795 000
07 Soundtrack Dirty Dancing (1987) : 1 760 000
08 Soundtrack / Whitney Houston The Bodyguard (1992) : 1 725 000
09 Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) : 1 725 000
10 Nirvana Nevermind (1991) : 1 690 000
11 Soundtrack / James Horner Titanic (1997) : 1 690 000
12 Michael Jackson HIStory (1995) : 1 680 000
13 Céline Dion Let’s Talk About Love (1997) : 1 610 000
14 Norah Jones Come Away With Me (2002) : 1 595 000
15 Neil Young Harvest (1972) : 1 585 000
16 The Cranberries No Need To Argue (1994) : 1 540 000
17 Soundtrack / Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever (1977) : 1 535 000
18 Pink Floyd The Wall (1979) : 1 535 000
19 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975) : 1 440 000
20 Mika Life in Cartoon Motion (2007) : 1 430 000

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 #12 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 at #9.

13 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

    Colin

  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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