CSPC: Johnny Hallyday Popularity Analysis

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Physical Singles Sales – The 80s

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

A Partir De Maintenant (1980) – 159,000 equivalent albums

A Partir De Maintenant – 290,000
Un Diable Entouré D’anges (Una Serata Come Tante) – 190,000
Je ne suis pas un héros – 50,000

En Pièces Détachées (1981) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Chez Madame Lolita – 180,000
Excusez-Moi De Chanter Encore Du Rock And Roll – 120,000

Pas facile (1981) – 159,000 equivalent albums

Je T’ai Aimée – 320,000
J’en Ai Marre – 210,000

Quelque Part Un Aigle… (1982) – 129,000 equivalent albums

Mon Amérique À Moi – 230,000
Montpellier – 200,000

La Peur (1982) – 132,000 equivalent albums

Cartes Postales D’Alabama – 190,000
Je Suis Victime De L’Amour – 250,000

Entre Violence Et Violon (1983) – 126,000 equivalent albums

Pour Ceux Qui S’aiment – 280,000
L’amour Violent (“The Magnificently Mad”) – 140,000

Nashville 84 (1984) – 84,000 equivalent albums

Mon p’tit loup (ça va faire mal) – 170,000
Drôle de métier – 110,000

En V.O. (1984) – 0 equivalent albums

No single released

Rock N’ Roll Attitude (1985) – 180,000 equivalent albums

Le Chanteur Abandonné – 200,000
Quelque Chose De Tennessee – 280,000
Rock N’ Roll Attitude – 60,000
Aimer Vivre – 60,000

Gang (1986) – 438,000 equivalent albums

L’envie – 170,000
Je T’attends – 110,000
J’oublierai Ton Nom – 280,000
Je Te Promets – 480,000
Laura – 420,000

Cadillac (1989) – 153,000 equivalent albums

Les Vautours – 50,000
Mirador – 330,000
Himalaya – 30,000
Cadillac – 30,000
Si J’étais Moi – 70,000

More than 20 years into his career it was becoming increasingly difficult for Johnny to sell good figures with his singles especially in a market translating into albums. Although most of his singles were Top 20 hits, none of them made the Top 5 from 1980 to 1984. This new standard was broken by Quelque chose de Tennessee which reached #4. Then four singles from Gang reached the Top 10 including the chart topper Je Te Promets in 1987, his first #1 since Gabrielle from 1976. He continued his habit of closing decades with big hits, this time with Mirador. At 5,56 million units the 80s were still fairly solid for the artist who was selling bucket loads of albums at the same time.

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Nathan Abramson

I counted 10 million less. Are you counting EP’s as singles?


I’ve read that Mon pays c’est l’amour has already sold 890,000 (!!!) copies in France in the weeks since its release. Of course, given the circumstances and Johnny Hallyday’s stature that doesn’t actually feel too surprising, but comprehensively speaking, how do you see it performing in the long-run compared to the rest of his discography? Also, do you have a ballpark figure of how much his CSPC results may have increased in the year since his passing?


Thank you! I wasn’t aware of all the TV promotion, that does sound a bit ridiculous haha.
If he sold that much in 2 weeks, he must have totally crushed his own record of highest first-week sales in France, which is fantastic but it seems like it would be impossible for that to happen if he were still alive.


I’ve just gone through it, too quickly, but I’m going to look at it more carefully. That’s already the best level of Johnny sales research I’ve ever seen. This is a titanic job and must be difficult, as there is so much missing data. I am fairly familiar with Johnny’s career and have read quite a few books, some of which contain first-hand accounts. His artistic directors, record company heads. Everyone agrees that some times were more difficult. 66/67,74/75,81/84. Concerts were not always full and the hits were rarer. Outside, from what I’ve seen, it’s not always reflected in your… Read more »


France Gall has died. I believe she’s among those who had the most successful french songs abroad in the 60’s, isn’t she ?


Je vous suis très reconnaissant pour la qualité de votre travail. Fan de Johnny depuis toujours, je savais qu’il cumulait des chiffres de ventes impressionnants. Pouvoir précisément connaître les chiffres de tous ses opus est incroyable……… Grâce à vous, certains peuvent mesurer l’impact de cette immense star qui restera gravé à jamais dans notre cœur…..