France Best Selling Albums Ever:
Update Part 7 (20-1)

#19 – 13,000

Jean-Jacques Goldman – Chansons pour les Pieds (2001) : 1,785,000

During the previous articles, we already met several Jean-Jacques Goldman million selling albums. Overall, his 80s works were selling weaker amounts than his latter albums. The obvious reason was Singulier compilation which covered those earlier sets while no best of ever came out since the release of Chansons Pour Les Pieds. The strong demand for the artist catalog added to that absence of greatest hits albums catapults the 2001 blockbuster to impressive catalog sales. Charted for 27 weeks inside the Catalog ranking, it just never stops selling. Ironically, this is the worst year for the album since Génération Goldman album of covers was issued to much success in 2012. Inside the Comprehensive Chart, Chansons Pour Les Pieds which contains the classic song Tournent Les Violons appeared 18 times in 2013, 25 times in 2014, 11 times in 2015 and 6 times only in 2016. With already 2 weeks charted in 2017, this record isn’t going to die anytime soon yet.

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Are the French really that open to English language artist? I thought France is a really tough market to break into. But seems like they are very open indeed.


Hi MJD! Love your updates on the best selling albums in France.

I want to ask whether there are new addition to the list of million selling albums in France. One example is Adele’s 25 album. Is it close to the million threshold? Other albums i remember close to that mark are AC/DC Highway to Hell, a couple of Sade albums etc. Have they surpassed 1 million copies in France?

Looking forward for your next project!

hermelin jean-raymond

Bonjour MJD,avez-vous les chiffres de vente réactualisés sur Led Zeppelin aux USA mais aussi en G-B SVP ? Ou sinon connaissez-vous des liens vers des sites fiables ? Merci par avance.Vous faites un job extraordinaire,bonne journée.JRH06.

Trond Grønvold

You’re doing a good job. I love reading this stuff.

But, I’n curious when IT comes to Crime of the century. how many albums was sold in France last year?
Crime entered back catalogue top-100 at least 12 times.