CSPC: Enya Popularity Analysis


Physical Singles Sales

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

Enya (The Celts) (1987) – 12,000 equivalent albums

The Celts – 30,000
I Want Tomorrow – 10,000

Watermark (1988) – 465,000 equivalent albums

Exile – 20,000
Orinoco Flow – 1,430,000
Evening Falls… – 70,000
Storms in Africa – 30,000

Shepherd Moons (1991) – 138,000 equivalent albums

Caribbean Blue – 320,000
How Can I Keep from Singing? – 60,000
Book of Days – 80,000

The Memory of Trees (1995) – 117,000 equivalent albums

Anywhere Is – 340,000
On My Way Home – 50,000

A Day Without Rain (2000) – 318,000 equivalent albums

Wild Child – 10,000
Only Time – 1,050,000

Amarantine (2005) – 23,000 equivalent albums

Amarantine – 70,000
It’s in the Rain / Adeste, Fideles – 5,000

And Winter Came… (2008) – 2,000 equivalent albums

Trains and Winter Rains – 5,000

Orphan – 501,000 equivalent albums

Only If… – 160,000
May It Be – 220,000
Oíche Chiúin – Silent Night – 310,000
I Don’t Wanna Know – 900,000
You Should Really Know – 80,000

As someone who started her career in the late 80s, it is no surprise what you see above: her physical singles sales are anything but impressive, with only a mild 5 million, which, given all circumstances, is still a decent total.

Orinoco Flow, from her Watermark LP, is her greatest seller in this format with 1,4 million, driven far more by strong European sales than anywhere else. Additionally, Only Time is a very predictable one: apart from generating massive albums sales to her name, this physical single is another million selling one after its usage for the media coverage of the September 11 attacks back in 2001.

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Jorge Neto

Hi MJD, can we get a breakdown for The Very Best of Enya? It’s the only major release that is missing :))


pleased to know her sales in Ireland!



I was just looking over all the estimates and found a calculation error in the album sales total concerning her Asian sales.

Adding all her studio album plus PTSWS compilation, the total for Japan adds for a little over 6m, while sales outside Japan in Asia is over 5m. But in the page where the total album sales listed, her Japanese sales total a 7,26m, leaving just over 4m for the rest of Asia! I hope you’ll correct this soon!


Did you include the frog prince (French Lesson) soundtrack from 1984?
I looked it up and it was Enyas first project. She wrote 9 instrumentals for the soundtrack.
I would think that should be included


Not a fan of Carribean Blue. Orinoco Flow should outsell it someday, soon

Nuclear dolphin

Damned she’s sexy too!


Never in a million years, would I have thought she would’ve had a higher album sales than Britney Spears. But unsurprisingly she have lower CSPC than Britney.


I knew she had great sales, but I didn’t expect her to be this global! She’s one of the few females who truly made it big everywhere – North America, Europe, Oceania, South America and Asia, with the last two being quite hard to crack for most artists!