CSPC: ABBA Popularity Analysis

ABBA Arrival

Full Length related records Sales

Checking carefully streaming results, we notice 24 songs only topping 4 million plays, including 15 over 10 million. In other words, they have a pack of strong songs and then tracks much less known. This is the perfect catalog to issue one huge one CD compilation. With a two-CD package, you already cover nearly all songs with some attractiveness. ABBA clearly have that mega selling compilation with Gold. They haven’t quite stop there as dozens and dozens of other best of records came out since their very beginning. Let’s start that extensive work with their global compilations.

Part 1 – Global Compilations I


How to understand this table? If you check for example Greatest Hits compilation album line, those figures mean it sold 7,500,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all songs included on this package add for 97 million streaming plays on Spotify.

The second part at the right of the table shows how many streams are coming from each original album plus the share it represents on the overall package streams. Thus, streaming figures tell us Waterloo songs are responsible for 30% of the Greatest Hits tracklist attractiveness, which means it generated 2,237,000 of its 7,500,000 album sales and so on for the other records.

Comments now, when Greatest Hits came out the band was exploding with Arrival. Thus, this best of was the perfect companion to complete a decent ABBA collection. Logically, Greatest Hits 2 released in 1979 focuses on their 1976-1979 years while The Singles was the first career spanning compilation. We can notice a pattern emerging with ABBA being the main sales generator among their early albums while overall Arrival appears to be the biggest hits provider to their compilations. Considering those compilations sold very well each of their studio albums get awarded notable sales. 

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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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