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

Female Albums

01 Céline Dion D’eux (1995) : 4 235 000
02 Lara Fabian Pure (1996) : 1 975 000
03 Céline Dion S’il Suffisait D’Aimer (1998) : 1 895 000
04 Adele 21 (2011) : 1 870 000
05 Céline Dion Let’s Talk About Love (1997) : 1 610 000
06 Norah Jones Come Away With Me (2002) : 1 595 000
07 Mylène Farmer Les Mots (2001) : 1 555 000
08 Patricia Kaas Mademoiselle Chante… (1988) : 1 490 000
09 Hélène Ségara Au Nom D’Une Femme (2000) : 1 470 000
10 Mylène Farmer Ainsi Soit Je… (1988) : 1 465 000
11 Mylène Farmer L’Autre… (1991) : 1 420 000
12 Carla Bruni Quelqu’un M’A Dit (2002) : 1 405 000
13 Amy Winehouse Back To Black (2006) : 1 345 000
14 Patricia Kaas Je Te Dis Vous (1993) : 1 340 000
15 Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (1988) : 1 335 000
16 Mariah Carey Music Box (1993) : 1 290 000
17 Dido No Angel (1999) : 1 250 000
18 Mylène Farmer Innamoramento (1999) : 1 140 000
19 Isabelle Boulay Mieux Qu’Ici-Bas (2000) : 1 125 000
20 Zaz Zaz (2010) : 1 125 000

Out of the 29 female albums that made it past 1 million sales, this is a surprise to absolutely no one to see Celine Dion dominating the ranking. Her album D’Eux turns into ridicule sales of all other albums with an over 2 to 1 lead over the runner up album. The Canadian superstar also features at #3, #5 and #26 with Falling Into You. If she dominates thanks to the magnitude of her success in mid-90s, Mylène Farmer has nothing to be ashamed of as she owns albums #7, #10, #11, #18 and #27 with Anamorphosée. Her five albums inside the ranking are a record among female artists. Her past rival Patricia Kaas has a very good showing too at #8, #14 and #24 with Scène De Vie. The only purely foreign artist with such results is Madonna that fails the Top 20 but still has three million sellers in True Blue (#21), The Immaculate Collection (#23) and Ray Of Light (#28).

The rest of this list is mostly fulfilled with one album wonders. Lara Fabian did so at the best period to be as high as #2 overall while the likes Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Dido, Tracy Chapman, Zaz, Carla Bruni or Mariah Carey took French heart by storm with one of their album. Special mention to Adele who’s soon to be #3 album rocketed incredibly high on this list despite awful market conditions. She is also likely to join the list with her third album 25 in the upcoming months / years.

12 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 😉

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *