CSPC: ABBA Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales

You will have a hard time to get a country were ABBA failed to achieve at least one #1 single. Yes, they did it even in the US thanks to Dancing Queen. In most countries, their count of #1 singles was closer to 10 than 1 yet. Although the band lasted less than a decade, their string of smashes was incredibly impressive and served to amass some 54,4 million physical singles sold in the process.

Arrival is the album that had the lowest number of singles released with three only, but all three were huge bringing the huge tally of 3,3 million album sales equivalent. From Waterloo to Super Trouper all their albums produced enough singles sales to equal more than 1 million albums units.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Ring Ring (1973) – 150,000 equivalent albums

Ring Ring – 400,000
Remaining Singles – 100,000

Waterloo (1974) – 1,230,000 equivalent albums

Waterloo – 2,900,000
Honey, Honey – 1,150,000
Hasta Mañana – 50,000

ABBA (1975) – 1,935,000 equivalent albums

So Long – 250,000
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – 1,650,000
SOS – 2,500,000
Mamma Mia – 1,900,000
Rock Me – 150,000

Arrival (1976) – 3,315,000 equivalent albums

Dancing Queen – 5,350,000
Money, Money, Money –
2,800,000
Knowing Me, Knowing You –
2,900,000

The Album (1977) – 1,980,000 equivalent albums

The Name Of The Game – 2,600,000
Take A Chance On Me – 3,300,000
Eagle / Thank You For The Music – 600,000
Thank You For The Music – 100,000

Voulez-Vous (1979) – 2,550,000 equivalent albums

Chiquitita – 4,000,000
Does You Mother Know? – 1,600,000
Voulez-Vous – 1,400,000
Angeleyes – 200,000
I Have A Dream – 1,300,000

Super Trouper (1980) – 1,830,000 equivalent albums

The Winner Takes It All – 2,400,000
On And On And On – 300,000
Super Trouper – 2,900,000
Lay All Your Love On Me – 500,000

The Visitors (1981) – 780,000 equivalent albums

One Of Us – 1,400,000
When All Is Said And Done – 500,000
Head Over Hills – 500,000
The Visitors – 200,000

Orphan Album – 2,550,000 equivalent albums

Fernando – 4,100,000
Summer Night City – 1,000,000
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – 2,500,000
The Day Before You Came – 600,000
Under Attack – 300,000

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featured9318

I would be interested to see the sales for Abba this time next year (10/22).

Jsak
Last edited 14 days ago by Jsak
Al

These articles just quote other articles usually. I’d imagine this figure was originally inflated for marketing or taken out of context decades ago.

Bajazet

I have a question: What is with the album sales in Eastern Europe? They are completly missing in your list. On Wiki it says: “Due to the Cold war, Western music was actively discouraged throughout Eastern Europe at the time. Despite this, ABBA: The Album sold an unprecedented one million copies in Poland in 1977, exhausting the country’s entire allocation of foreign currency. In Russia, only 200,000 copies were permitted to be pressed” and due to wikipedia “Arrival” has been sold 800.000 times in Poland – Abba even had a TV-Show on Polish Television to promote the album. Shouldn’t you… Read more »

Bajazet

Thank you for your answer, you might be right (or maybe wrong) – it is not really important, I love ABBA’s music, so “Don’t shut me down” 😉

Ander

Can you guys add their compilation sales? And maybe their sales by country too?

Rihannon

Sorry to be annoying but don’t you think that figures for ABBA’s first four albums + The Best of Abba reported by Rca Australia in Billboard in 1977 also include New Zealand sales? Wondering what you think of it?

Rihannon

What are your sales estimates for The Best of ABBA in Australia?

Mirai

Hi MJD! You obviously did an awesome job with ABBA, as usual, you never disappoint! Just one thing though! For Arrival’s total in Japan, you mention “N/A”. While I realize that means you don’t have enough information to set a precise figure, wasn’t it a (late) huge seller in 1979, after some sort of Abbamania kicked out there following their promotional trip there in November 1978? I think I remember reading rather precise figures many times – including some posted by yourself – on other websites (Charts In France, UKmix or the defunct ABBA World Wide Chart Lists), in the… Read more »

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