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

#15 – 17,000 UNITS

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Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982) : 3,760,000

Biggest selling album of all-time in France after a couple of years, an unstoppable catalog seller during the 90s, the legendary Thriller by Michael Jackson stepped up even more after the turn of the millennium. It is hard to believe that this pop classic sold well past 1 million units since its 2001 reissue alone, some 860,000 of which since 2008. Even if 2016 was a year with no activity around the artist catalog, Thriller remains a real force. In fact, it is the highest ranked pre-1990 album of this mass update. Its 17,000 sales were achieved on the back of 42 weeks charted in the Catalog ranking, 19 of which Top 40.

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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.