CSPC: Renaud Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – Part 3
Boucan D’Enfer (2002) – 194,000 equivalent albums

Docteur Renaud, Mister Renard – 40,000
Manhattan-Kaboul – 600,000
Coeur Perdu – 5,000

Rouge Sang (2006) – 29,000 equivalent albums

Les Bobos – 75,000
Arrêter La Clope – 20,000

Molly Malone Balade Irlandaise (2009) – 0 equivalent album

No single released.

Renaud (2016) – equivalent album

No single released.

Orphan – 96,000 equivalent albums

Viens Chez Moi, J’habite Chez Une Copine – 200,000
C’est Un Mauvais Garçon / Le P’tit Bal Du Samedi Soir – 30,000
Le Camionneur Rêveur – 10,000
Anaïs Nin – 60,000
Dans La Jungle – 20,000

After nearly 15 years with no true big hit, Renaud dropped a duet with Axelle Red, Manhattan-Kaboul, a heart felt answer to the September 11 attacks. A big #2 hit in France, the song sold 600,000 units. Les Bobos was a #8 hit although the market was starting to dip. Surprisingly, Toujours Debout became the first official #1 smash single of the singer in 2016, more than 40 years after his debut. The absence of streaming incorporation at that point no doubt helped, but it is still quite a feat for an artist that had been around for so long.

In the meantime, the Soundtrack song Viens Chez Moi, J’habite Chez Une Copine sold well in the early 80s.

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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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