ABBA "GOLD" Sales.




 Country Sales (Certifications)

Argentina210,000platinum x31994
Australia1,190,000platinum x142014
Austria90,000platinum x31999
Belgium350,000platinum x72014
Chile60,000platinum x31999
Denmark350,000platinum x72011
Finland145,000platinum x31999
Germany2,500,000platinum x52009
Hong Kong120,000platinum x61999
Ireland90,000platinum x61999
Italy470,000gx4 (1999) p (2020)1990/2020
Japan600,000platinum x32009
Latvia32,000platinum x41998
Malaysia100,000platinum x41998
New Zealand240,000platinum x182008
Norway100,000platinum x31999
Portugal80,000platinum x21999
Singapore165,000platinum x111999
South Africa50,000platinum1999
South Korea100,000platinum1999
Spain500,000platinum x52000
Sweden500,000platinum x51999
Switzerland500,000platinum x102008
Taiwan350,000platinum x71999
UK6,000,000platinum x202021
US6,000,000platinum x62002

References - Billboard (Gold - certifications from 1999)

Argentina/ACP  Austria/IFPI  Australia/ARIA  Brazil/ABPD  Belguim/Ultrapop Canada/CRIA Denmark/Hitlisten Finland/IFPI France/SNEP Germany/Musikindustrie

Japan/RIAJ  Latvia New Zealand/RIANZ Russia Spain Sweden/IPFI Switzerland/IFPI  UK/BPI  USA/RIAA

Media Traffic estimated sales of 28m in 2011.  Please note the number next to each symbol, confusingly, represents 2 million sales - so Gold x14 is 28m sales.


Estimated sales: 30,000,000 +

An extra 3 million sales in US 

France and Canada sales at 1 million each and both need updating

Sweden, Switzerland, Spain sales at 500,000 each and need updating

Many countries on list not certified since 1999 (or at least I have no records of more recent ones) 

Plus countries not on list eg in Latin America, Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe.

As you can see sales in the UK are updated regularly, not so in other countries.

On these official but mainly outdated sales the UK and US sales are about half the global total. Even if updated sales are about 30 million those sales still represent 50% of the total - 9m in the US, 6m in the UK.

 It is reported to have sales of 30,000,000



UK sales - GOLD with end of year chart positions in final column

 * estimated sale for years 1992-95 inclusive

1992525,000 12
1993205,000 36
1994168,000 63
1995140,000 80
1996130,000 87
1997110,000 100
1998211,000 55
19991,253,000 4
2000367,000 41
2001107,000 148
200242,000 --
200395,000 193
2004377,000 47
2005160,000 118
200694,000 194
200792,000 166
2008410,000 19
2009249,000 54
2010151,000 90
201195,000 130
201281,000 140
201376,000 119
201470,000 103
201584,000 77
201688,000 72
201791,000 77
2018174,000 20
2019122,000  32

As of Friday 5th Npvember 2021 ABBA Gold has sold 141,000 during 2021 and is currently the 12th best seller of the year. 

You can see from this the decline in sales. 2020s sales and Year End Chart position within the Top 20 would put it outside the Top 80 in the mid 90s.  A #19 Year End Chart position needed 410,000 sales in 2008 but only 135,000 in 2020.

Even comparing 2018 and 2020 you can see this decline.

Sales were just that up to and including 2013. Streaming was used as well from 2014 onwards.

1999Mamma Mia! opens in London
200430th Anniversary CD/DVD
2008Mamma Mia! film released
2010Special CD/DVD released
2018Mamma Mia 2 released
2021Release of Voyage


First album to spend 1,000 weeks in UK Top 100


Comparison of "Gold" with other compilations. Official figures.


CountryGOLDGreatest HitsMore Gold


Greatest Hits - includes Best Of 

More Gold - Australia's figures are for Complete  Gold - a double album, GOLD and More Gold

From this I would project "Greatest Hits" to be on about 12m and More Gold on about 2.25m.