CSPC: Johnny Hallyday Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales – The 00s

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

A La Vie, A La Mort (2002) – 414,000 equivalent albums

Marie – 1,020,000
Ne reviens pas – 110,000
L’instinct – 110,000
Je n’ai jamais pleuré – 140,000

Ma vérité (2005) – 192,000 equivalent albums

Ma religion dans son regard – 250,000
La paix – 30,000
Le temps passe – 100,000
Mon plus beau Noël – 260,000

Le Cœur d’un Homme (2007) – 24,000 equivalent albums

Always – 80,000

Ca Ne Finira Jamais (2008) – 18,000 equivalent albums

Ca n’finira jamais – 60,000

A groundbreaking smash, Marie remained in the Top 3 for 11 weeks, 3 of which at #1, in spite of heavy competition from reality TV contests and Las Ketchup. The song became his second million seller after Que Je T’Aime some 33 years earlier.

If the figures are largely unimpressive for remaining singles, it is mostly because the market collapsed during this period. This lower market also enabled his fan base to have a bigger impact on the charts were he landed 15 Top 10 hits including 5 #1s for the decade. After Ca n’finira jamais, the focus was definitely set on albums as no further physical singles were issued.

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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…..