CSPC: ABBA Popularity Analysis

ABBA Career CSPC Results

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So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each ABBA album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

#CoverAlbumTotal CSPCSales*StreamsTotal CSPC
Studio AlbumsOther LPsPhysical SinglesDigital SinglesLast verifiedAuto updateDaily Increase
1RingRing Ring3,499,0001,000,0002,241,000150,000
(500,000)
38,000
(250,000)
20,000
(11/02/16)
70,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 30
LD: 50
3,499,000
2WaterlooWaterloo13,086,0002,700,0008,713,0001,230,000
(4,100,000)
180,000
(1,200,000)
55,000
(11/02/16)
263,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 110
LD: 180
13,086,000
3ABBAABBA25,074,0003,600,00018,658,0001,935,000
(6,450,000)
383,000
(2,550,000)
118,000
(11/02/16)
498,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 210
LD: 320
25,074,000
4ArrivalArrival36,001,00010,800,00020,077,0003,315,000
(11,050,000)
728,000
(4,850,000)
178,000
(11/02/16)
1,081,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 490
LD: 700
36,001,000
5TheThe Album18,680,0007,200,0008,827,0001,980,000
(6,600,000)
338,000
(2,250,000)
81,000
(11/02/16)
335,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 140
LD: 210
18,680,000
6Voulez-VousVoulez-Vous21,418,0007,000,00010,702,0002,550,000
(8,500,000)
300,000
(2,000,000)
107,000
(11/02/16)
866,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 410
LD: 830
21,418,000
7SuperSuper Trouper21,840,0008,200,00010,743,0001,830,000
(6,100,000)
345,000
(2,300,000)
143,000
(11/02/16)
722,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 310
LD: 510
21,840,000
8TheThe Visitors8,650,0004,800,0002,698,000780,000
(2,600,000)
135,000
(900,000)
48,000
(11/02/16)
237,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 100
LD: 200
8,650,000
9VoyageVoyage110,000000
(0)
0
(0)
0
(N/A)
110,000
(11/29/21)
Av.: 0
LD: 0
110,000
10Orphan11,697,00008,832,0002,550,000
(8,500,000)
233,000
(1,550,000)
82,000
(11/02/16)
N/AN/A11,697,000
*Pure sales figures updated on 11/02/16.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/11750 for Video stream)

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With some artists previously studied, we saw several albums doubling their tally from their studio album sales to their CSPC total. ABBA situation is just extreme as each of their album at least double their sales in original album sales with ABBA multiplying its result by more than 6!

A relatively modest seller at 3,6 million, ABBA album is just way, way bigger than suggested by its initial sales. Home of hits like Mamma Mia and SOS, the album failed to sell more at first only because it was replaced by compilations very, very early before it had time to accumulate some catalog sales.

ABBA isn’t the only album much bigger than it seems. It had to be expected considering their incredible compilation sales, but all their albums generated millions of sales outside of their original format. So much that a superb figure of 18,4 million album sales equivalent is barely enough for 5th biggest album among their eight releases.

The leading album is Arrival which dominates each of the five categories. Its impressive total of 35,1 million is enough to rank #4 in the 70s summary I posted a few days ago, ahead of albums like A Night At The Opera by Queen or Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.

Over a mere 8 albums, ABBA accumulates the total of 156,6 million equivalent albums sold, even excluding the Orphan Album that is still a stunning 18 million average per album. I started by saying the Swedes do not belong to the same league of the Beatles which is true, nevertheless their results are still mind blowing.

Do not forget to check our amazing lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far, to better gauge their position in the history of the music industry.

As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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Tom Riise

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

featured9318

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

Jsak
Last edited 1 month 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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