ABBA UK Sales.

 

How many records have ABBA sold in the UK?



ABBA UK ALBUM SALES

 ABBA Top 30 Albums - UK
1Gold-Greatest Hits6,000,000
2Greatest Hits2, 600,000
3Arrival1,700,000
4Super Trouper1,300,000
5The Album ^1,250,000
6Greatest Hits Volume Two1,100,000
7Voulez Vous 850,000
8The Visitors 800,000
9The Singles 650,000
1018 Hits 512,000
11More Gold 420,000
12The Name of the Game  292,000
13The Definitive Collection  231,000
14The Music Still Goes On  230,000
15Hits 2  200,000
16ABBA 170,000
17Number Ones 169,300
18Hits 150,000
19Hits 3  150,000
20The Collection  120,000
21Thank You For the Music 100,000
22Absolute ABBA 100,000
23Waterloo 90,000
24The Albums 65,700
25Forever Gold 61,600
26Gold Deluxe Edition  (3CDs)60,000
27The Ultimate Collection 60,000
28 Classic ABBA 60,000
29Love Stories 51,000
30Ring Ring 40,000
31Thank You for the Music - Box set 24,600
32Live at Wembley  8,000
33The Essential Collection  7,000

The re-issue of Greatest Hits on 11,000  all by October 2015. The vinyl edition of Gold sold 2,000 in July 2017.

Total UK album sales at just over 20,000,000 (19,636,900)

 Sources:

3.^ The Album reported to have sold 1 million by 29/07/78 in Billboard Magazine. 

4. OCC figures

5. Estimates.


  NB -*  'budget' albums have to sell double to get a particular award. Example, a gold disc is for 100,000 but 200,000 for budget albums.

   

 

Studio album sales 1994 - 2015

Ring Ring 26,000

Waterloo 36,000

ABBA 15,000

Arrival 114,000

The Album 49,000

Voulez Vous 41,000

Super Trouper 107,000

The Visitors 73,000


In the same period, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours sold almost 2 million, The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper about a million and albums by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the Rolling Stones in the hundred of thousands. ABBA's back catalogue sale for studio albums is quite modest.


In the week of 10th September 2021, after the ABBA comeback announcement, Voulez Vous and Arrival re-entered the Main Album chart. The Visitors re-entered the Sales chart.




ABBA Gold is the best selling CD ever in the UK

Sources:

Best Selling CD Ever! - BBC Report

Best Selling CD ever!

First album to spend 1000 weeks in Top 100

 

"Gold" is the 2nd best seller of All Time in the UK and Greatest Hits is at #46. See here 



UK SINGLES SALES 

ABBA  UK PHYSICAL/DOWNLOADS/STREAMING combined

BPI data base here

 Year End Charts 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978  1979 1980

Please note 1977 and 1980 are the only years where the Year End Chart is the full 52 weeks. The other Year End Charts have a cut off point up to 3 weeks earlier.

 ABBA UK Top 20

SongSalesPhysicalDigital
1Dancing Queen1,650,000GOLDPLATINUM
2Super Trouper1,050,000GOLD
3Knowing Me Knowing You1,020,000 GOLD
4Take a Chance on Me  950,000GOLD
5The Winner Takes it All  920,000
GOLD
6Fernando  903,000GOLD
7Mamma Mia  860,000SILVERPLATINUM
8The Name of the Game   GOLD
9Chiquita  GOLD
10Gimme Gimme Gimme SILVERGOLD
11Waterloo  732,000 
GOLD
12I Have a Dream  600,000 +GOLD
13Angel Eyes/Voulez Vous '   SILVERSILVER
14Does Your Mother Know   SILVER
15 One of Us * GOLD
16Money Money Money *   500,000 +GOLD
17Lay All Your Love on Me 
SILVER
18Summer Night City  SILVER
19SOS   400,000 +
SILVER
20Thank You For The Music   250,000 +
SILVER


Sources

The Official Charts Company, 2021  

 BPI Database


Please Note:

1. Waterloo and The Winner Takes it All not awarded physical gold or silver awards despite being eligible.

2. Songs cannot be awarded the same certification for both physical and digital (no idea why!)

3. Voulez Vous seems to be an exception perhaps because its physical sales with Angeleyes.

4. One of Us and Money Money Money both certified gold for 500,000 sales. But sales split over two years - and the Official Charts Company misses some of these.


CERTIFICATIONS


Digital: Downloads since 2005.Auto-Certification introduced in 2013 when BPI Awards were automatic if based on actual sales  Audio stream equivalent for singles in 2014.  Audio album streams equivalent from 2015. Video stream equivalent since 2018.



Singles 1973 to 1989

Silver (250,000)

Gold (500,000)

Platinum (1,000,000)


Singles since 1989

Silver (200,000)

Gold (400,000)

Platinum (600,000)


Albums

Platinum (300,000)

Gold (100,000)

Silver (60,000)


Album awards have NOT been downgraded.




Actually includes streaming equivalent sales.


Top 10 by format (estimates)

PHYSICALDOWNLOADSTREAMING
Dancing QueenDancing QueenDancing Queen
Knowing Me Knowing YouMamma MiaMamma Mia
Super TrouperThe Winner Takes it AllGimme Gimme Gimme
FernandoWaterlooThe Winner Takes it All
Take a Chance On MeGimme Gimme GimmeWaterloo
The Name of the GameDoes Your Mother KnowSuper Trouper
One of UsTake a Chance on MeLay All Your Love On Me
I Have a DreamThank You for the MusicSOS
ChiquiitaSlipping Through My FingersVoulez Vous
Money Money MpneyChiquititaThank You For the Music



 

ABBA have sold 11.3m singles in the UK (November 2012). 10.0m physical, 1.3m downloads. They are the 3rd most successful group for UK singles sales.


 

Dancing Queen is one of the best selling singles ever in the UK

Sources

Sales + Streams (2017)

Sales - Physical + Download (2020)

 



How ABBA could have sold more singles in the UK.

1. The follow up to Waterloo was Ring Ring. However, at the same time a cover version of Honey Honey by Sweet Dreams, which was released at the same time, reached #10. ABBA's Honey Honey also was a Top 10 hit in several European countries.

2. Eagle, which had been ear-marked for single release, wasn't. It almost certainly would have been Top 5.

3. Lay All Your Love On Me was released in July 1981 - long after Super Trouper had left the album chart. Further it was 12 inch only. Had it been released on 7 inch and sooner sales would have been greater.

4. There was a massive downturn in ABBA's popularity in 1982. Yet if they had When All Is Said and Done and not Head Over Heels as a single it's possible this could have been a major hit.

Arguably, ABBA missed around a million sales with these tactical errors.

In addition to the above, the song "I Know Him So Well" written by Benny and Bjorn with lyricist Sir Tim Rice, was performed by Elaine Page and Barbra Dickson. It sold over 800,000 in 1985. It was the 2nd best seller of the year. Had Agnetha and Frida been on vocals and this had been an ABBA single, it may have been a million seller - giving ABBA their biggest UK hit! If only...