CSPC: ABBA Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales

I’ll bring no news saying ABBA disbanded long before the digital era. Many classic acts still sold an heavy amount of download singles yet. ABBA is a bit disappointing in this area with less than 18 million singles downloaded, a figure not that bad but definitely not huge either.

Just like with physicals, their leading track and album are Dancing Queen and Arrival.

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Ring Ring (1973) – 38,000 equivalent albums

Ring Ring – 150,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

Waterloo (1974) – 180,000 equivalent albums

Waterloo – 650,000
Honey, Honey – 400,000
Hasta Mañana – 50,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

ABBA (1975) – 383,000 equivalent albums

I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do – 300,000
SOS – 450,000
Mamma Mia – 1,600,000
Remaining Tracks – 200,000

Arrival (1976) – 728,000 equivalent albums

Dancing Queen – 3,800,000
Money, Money, Money –
Knowing Me, Knowing You –
Remaining Tracks – 250,000

The Album (1977) – 338,000 equivalent albums

The Name Of The Game – 250,000
Take A Chance On Me – 1,200,000
Eagle – 200,000
Thank You For The Music – 500,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

Voulez-Vous (1979) – 300,000 equivalent albums

Chiquitita – 500,000
Does You Mother Know? – 500,000
Voulez-Vous – 350,000
Angeleyes – 200,000
I Have A Dream – 350,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

Super Trouper (1980) – 345,000 equivalent albums

The Winner Takes It All – 900,000
Super Trouper – 350,000
Lay All Your Love On Me – 350,000
Happy New Year – 250,000
Our Last Summer – 250,000
Remaining Tracks – 200,000

The Visitors (1981) – 135,000 equivalent albums

One Of Us – 300,000
When All Is Said And Done – 100,000
Slipping Through My Fingers – 200,000
Remaining Tracks – 300,000

Orphan Album – 233,000 equivalent albums

Fernando – 400,000
Summer Night City – 150,000
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! – 600,000
The Day Before You Came – 250,000
Under Attack – 50,000
Remaining Tracks – 100,000

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Tom Riise

With a new album coming this friday, maybe then it’s time
for a Abba update ?.


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

Last edited 1 month ago by Jsak

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


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 »


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” 😉


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


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?


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


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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