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

STATISTICS

  • Total number of million sellers: 175
  • Total number of acts with million sellers: 105
  • Total number of foreign million sellers: 69
  • Total number of two-million sellers: 19
  • Multiple million sellers: Jean-Jacques Goldman (7+2), Francis Cabrel (6), Mylène Farmer (5), Céline Dion, Michael Jackson, Johnny Hallyday (4), Dire Straits, Florent Pagny, Madonna, Michel Sardou, Patricia Kaas, Patrick Bruel, Pink Floyd, Renaud, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, U2, Yannick Noah (3), AC/DC, Alain Souchon, Calogero, Fredericks Goldman Jones, Jacques Brel, Jean-Michel Jarre, Julio Iglesias, Manu Chao, Nirvana, Noir Désir, Phil Collins, Queen, Supertramp (2)
Per Year
  • 1972 – 3
  • 1973 – 4
  • 1974 – 0
  • 1975 – 1
  • 1976 – 2
  • 1977 – 4
  • 1978 – 3
  • 1979 – 5
  • 1980 – 3
  • 1981 – 2
  • 1982 – 3
  • 1983 – 2
  • 1984 – 2
  • 1985 – 5
  • 1986 – 2
  • 1987 – 8
  • 1988 – 6
  • 1989 – 5
  • 1990 – 6
  • 1991 – 7
  • 1992 – 5
  • 1993 – 5
  • 1994 – 6
  • 1995 – 4
  • 1996 – 8
  • 1997 – 10
  • 1998 – 8
  • 1999 – 10
  • 2000 – 9
  • 2001 – 8
  • 2002 – 8
  • 2003 – 3
  • 2004 – 3
  • 2005 – 3
  • 2006 – 3
  • 2007 – 3
  • 2008 – 1
  • 2009 – 0
  • 2010 – 1
  • 2011 – 1
  • 2012 – 1
  • 2013 – 1
  • 2014 – 1
  • 2015 – 0
  • 2016 – 0

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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