CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis


Original Album Sales – Comments

1975 Amoureux De Paname – 420,000
1977 Laisse Béton – 530,000
1978 Ma Gonzesse – 560,000
1980 Marche A L’Ombre – 890,000
1981 Le Retour de Gérard Lambert – 690,000
1983 Morgane De Toi  – 1,640,000
1985 Mistral Gagnant  – 1,460,000
1988 Putain De Camion – 860,000
1991 Marchand De Cailloux – 630,000
1993 Renaud Cante El’ Nord – 390,000
1994 A La Belle De Mai – 650,000
1996 Chante Brassens – 280,000
2002 Boucan D’Enfer – 2,420,000
2006 Rouge Sang – 760,000
2009 Molly Malone Balade Irlandaise – 220,000
2016 Renaud – 830,000

A total of 13,23 million, an average of 827,000. Historically, the market of France and the French-speaking parts of Belgium, Switzerland and Canada has been about 8 times lower than the US market along with mainstream Canada. It means Renaud‘s albums sold in those areas the equivalent of 6,5 million on average in North America. This highlights the magnitude of his success.

Morgane de Toi, Mistral Gagnant and Boucan d’Enfer were his stand-out points with Renaud now joining them. His consistency is insane too – the only three albums that sold under 400,000 units are albums of cover songs. In fact, his debut remains his only album of original music under half a million sales.

Just like most rockers he sold many more albums than singles. It isn’t a reason to overlook those singles though. The next sections reveal his performances in every format for singles.

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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

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