CSPC: Enya Popularity Analysis


Digital Singles Sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

Enya (The Celts) (1987) – 69,000 equivalent albums

The Celts – 100,000
Boadicea – 300,000
Remaining tracks – 60,000

Watermark (1988) – 225,000 equivalent albums

Watermark – 250,000
Orinoco Flow – 800,000
Storms in Africa – 300,000
Remaining tracks – 150,000

Shepherd Moons (1991) – 120,000 equivalent albums

Caribbean Blue – 600,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

The Memory of Trees (1995) – 90,000 equivalent albums

Anywhere Is – 200,000
Remaining tracks – 400,000

A Day Without Rain (2000) – 330,000 equivalent albums

Wild Child – 200,000
Only Time – 1,500,000
Remaining tracks – 500,000

Amarantine (2005) – 210,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 1,400,000

And Winter Came… (2008) – 203,000 equivalent albums

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – 250,000
Trains and Winter Rains – 200,000
Remaining tracks – 900,000

Dark Sky Island (2015) – 15,000 equivalent albums

All tracks – 100,000

Orphan – 180,000 equivalent albums

May It Be – 400,000
Oíche Chiúin – Silent Night – 200,000
I Don’t Wanna Know – 400,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

Just like she doesn’t belong to the era of massive physical singles sales, one could argue that she doesn’t completely fall into the most modern day and age of digital downloads which started to penetrate the audiences almost at the same time she began losing ground in the music business. She is at the end of the day a straightforward album selling act.

In spite of that some would possibly be surprised by her final digital downloads tally. In fact, Enya‘s cumulative digital sales are as high as 21 million overall, a quantity that compares very well with other acts such as Abba or Pink Floyd, both of which one would have expected to rank much higher.

And to prove her enduring appeal one more time this digital tally is boosted mostly by her oldest content, with Watermark‘s songs coming out on top, and not so much by her most recent studio albums.

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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!