CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis



The list of most successful songs is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each of them. It includes the song’s own physical singles sales with a 0,3 weighting, its download and streaming sales, and with appropriate weighting too, plus its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1 2002 – Manhattan-Kaboul [Boucan d’enfer] – 2,300,000
2 1985 – Mistral gagnant [Mistral gagnant] – 2,170,000
3 1983 – Dès que le vent soufflera [Morgane de toi] – 1,160,000
4 1981 – Manu [Le Retour de Gérard Lambert] – 820,000
5 1983 – Morgane de toi [Morgane de toi] – 790,000
6 1977 – Laisse béton [Laisse béton] – 590,000
7 1980 – Dans mon H.L.M. [Marche à l’ombre] – 530,000
8 1975 – Hexagone [Amoureux de Paname] – 510,000
8 1980 – Marche à l’ombre [Marche à l’ombre] – 510,000
10 1983 – En cloque [Morgane de toi] – 470,000
10 1979 – Chanson pour Pierrot [Ma gonzesse] – 470,000

If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC Renaud playlist on Spotify!

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Love your articles on local acts (even the ones I’m not that familiar with), hope to see more of them in the future!


This is great! I hoped for some local acts. Renaud is also among my favorite French artists, so this is perfect! Thank you so much!


Thank you very much! How high would he rank in an all-time french singers chart ? Considering Goldman isn’t on streaming platforms (which is a crying shame), maybe Cabrel and Johnny will top him as the best-selling male singer ? I think Florent Pagny and Patrick Bruel must be rather high too. Pagny’s been selling his records like hotcakes for nearly 25 years and he keeps releasing new albums. Sardou must be up there too. Except for Mylène Farmer, I don’t see any other female singer selling so many records.


Must say I’m really surprised that Mistral Gagnant isn’t his #1 song. It has become his signature song and has been getting more reurrent airplay than Manhattan Kaboul. Not to mention the fact that it seems to be one of the most loved songs in France.


Never heard of him, went to Youtube to get some idea. It’s sad that such talented people never get wide recognition due to the language.


What a pity that great french music artist never achieve international superstarom due to language barrier And markets size, time eras, I start to listen french music because of Celine Dion’s singles, her duex is the first Top 10 album and single in English language countries?


Pretty interesting to look at……….although I’ve never heard of him before.
30 million is incredibly respectful for French only artist

Chrysalynne Lingling

It’s very interesting seeing French acts I’m unfamiliar with on here. You should consider doing Alizée too!

Moi Lolita

Alizee outsold