CSPC: ABBA Popularity Analysis

Part 2 – Global Compilations II  – Golden ones


Here comes Gold! The hyper-mega selling album now stands at an outstanding 34 million and still climbing. Outside of North America, it is quite simply one of the Top 3 best selling albums ever. As the ultimate ABBA compilation, the track list of Gold represents very well the distribution of their hits attractiveness. Arrival is the leading generator of sales with a huge 8,8 million but what impresses more is how equally spread is that appeal with ABBA, The Album, Voulez-Vous and Super Trouper all representing from 11% to 16% of the package weight. Thus, all plus Orphan album on the back of Fernando and Gimme!… contributing in 3,5 million to 5,5 million sales of Gold.

The pattern of More ABBA Gold is obviously much different as it features tracks not present on Gold, while Forever Gold combines both, which is why it counts each album on its own. More ABBA Gold tally of 3,1 million itself includes half a million units from Gold 40th Anniversary Edition.

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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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