ABBA UK Sales.

 

How many records have ABBA sold in the UK?



ABBA UK ALBUM SALES

 ABBA Top 30 Albums - UK
1Gold-Greatest Hits5, 700,000H
2Greatest Hits2, 600,000A
3Arrival1,650,000F
4Super Trouper1,250,000E
5The Album ^1,200,000E
6Greatest Hits Volume Two1,100,000E
7Voulez Vous 800,000E
8The Visitors 700,000E
9The Singles 600,000E
1018 Hits 512,000B
11More Gold 420,000G
12The Name of the Game  292,000C
13The Definitive Collection  231,000C
14The Music Still Goes On  230,000C
15Hits 2  200,000D
16ABBA 170,000E
17Number Ones 169,300C
18Hits 150,000E
19Hits 3  150,000E
20The Collection  120,000E
21Thank You For the Music 100,000D
22Absolute ABBA 100,000D
23Waterloo 90,000E
24The Albums 65,700C
25Forever Gold 61,600C
26Gold Deluxe Edition  (3CDs)60,000D
27The Ultimate Collection 60,000C
28Love Stories 51,000C
29Ring Ring 40,000E
30Classic ABBA - The Masters Collection 38,000C
31Thank You for the Music - Box set 24,600C

The Essential Collection 7,000 and Live at Wembley 8,000 and 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 18,000,000

 

B August 2016
C October 2015
D Database - BPI
E Estimates
F 2006
G 2010
H August 2020
 

  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.

         ^ The Album reported to have sold 1 million by 29/07/78 in Billboard Magazine. That would be a shipment figure rather than sales to customers. 

 

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

 

 OCC sales figures courtesy of Colin Hughes

ABBA Gold is the best selling CD ever in the UK

Best Selling CD Ever! - BBC Report

Best Selling CD ever!

 

"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 combined

BPI data base here

 Year End Charts 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978  1979 1980

 ABBA UK Top 20
1Dancing Queen1,550,000
2SuperTrouper  978,000
3Knowing Me Knowing You  973,000  
4Take a Chance on Me  882,000
5Fernando 
6The Winner Takes it All  847,000
7Mamma Mia  760,000
8The Name of the Game  700,000 +
9Chiquitita  691,000
10Gimme Gimme Gimme 
11Waterloo  676,000  
12I Have a Dream  600,000 +
13Angel Eyes/Voulez Vous '   
14Does Your Mother Know   
15 One of Us * 
16Money Money Money *   
17Lay All Your Love on Me 
18Summer Night City  250,000 +
19SOS ^  2000,000 +
20Thank You For The Music   100,000 +

The Official Charts Company, 2019  

 

* Both these were awarded gold discs for 500,000 shipments (actually sold around 480,000 each). Both were in charts during December/January of their respective years. Money Money Money's totals above exclude about 200,000 sales from 1977. One of Us's sales exclude 90,000 or so sales from the last week of 1981.

^ Year End Chart position for 1975 would indicate sales of 230-240k sales. Plus downloads, real sales more likely to be 270,000.

' This sold fewer copies than Does Your Mother Know in 1979 and about the same downloads, so baffling how it can be 100,000 sales ahead - and just behind Gimme Gimme Gimme which sold more  than 10,000 physical and downloads.

( ) Likely sales

For Information on how the UK charts are compiled, see here.
 

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.

ABBA Singles Sales

 

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

Dancing Queen - a Million Seller

 

In October 2016, vinyl picture discs of Fernando, Dancing Queen, Money Money Money and Knowing Me, Knowing Yoy were released and charted in the Top 5 of the Vinyl Chart. These releases were part of the 40th anniversary of Arrival. They sold a little over 200 copies. The vinyl market is obviously small.


 

ABBA SONGS – UK DOWNLOAD SALES

 

PLEASE NOTE – The Official Charts Company began monitoring the Sales of UK Downloads in November 2004 – which is when these ABBA Downloads begin. 

an A next to a Song, it means that its Downloads go up to W/E 1st October 2015 - inclusive

B next to a Song, it means that its Download Sales go up to W/E 11th August 2016 – inclusive

 

01)… DANCING QUEEN -- 204,000 -- (To W/E August 11th 2016) B 

02)… MAMMA MIA -- 140,700 A 

03)… THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL -- 120,000 April 2019

04)… WATERLOO -- 71,300 A

05)… GIMME! GIMME! GIMME! (A MAN AFTER MIDNIGHT) -- 66,700 A

06)… DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW -- 57,100 A 

07)… TAKE A CHANCE ON ME -- 67,000 April 2019

08)… THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC -- 54,200 A

09)… SLIPPING THROUGH MY FINGERS -- 50,100 A

10)… CHIQUITITA -- 47,000 A

11)… SOS -- 46,900 A

12)… KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU – 45,200 A 

13)… HONEY HONEY -- 44,000 A

14)… FERNANDO -- 43,100 A

15)… MONEY MONEY MONEY -- 41,100 A

16)… SUPER TROUPER -- 40,600 A

17)… I HAVE A DREAM -- 39,900 A

18)… VOULEZ VOUS -- 38,000 A

19)… LAY ALL YOUR LOVE ON ME -- 37,800 A

20)… I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO, I DO -- 35,300 A

21)… ONE OF US -- 33,700 A 

22)… HAPPY NEW YEAR -- 31,000 -- (To W/E August 11th 2016) B 

23)… THE NAME OF THE GAME -- 29,400 A

24)… THE DAY BEFORE YOU CAME -- 28,700 A

25)… OUR LAST SUMMER -- 26,400 A 

26)… EAGLE -- 24,200 A 

27)… ANGEL EYES -- 21,000 A

28)… RING RING -- 18,100 A

29)… SUMMER NIGHT CITY -- 16,300 A

30)… WHEN ALL IS SAID & DONE -- 11,400 A

31)… WHEN I KISSED THE TEACHER – 8,200 A 

32)… UNDER ATTACK -- 7,300 A

33)… ANDANTE ANDANTE -- 6,900 A

34)… HEAD OVER HEELS -- 6,600 A

35)… THE WAY OLD FRIENDS DO -- 6,300 A

36)… HASTA MANANA -- 6,000 B 

37)… MY LOVE MY LIFE -- 6,000 B

38)… MOVE ON – 6,000 B 

39)… THE PIPER -- 6,000 B 

40)… ARRIVAL -- 5,600 A

41)… DANCE (WHILE THE MUSIC STILL GOES ON) -- 5,000 B

42)… SO LONG – 5,000 C (To W/E 8th September 2016)

43)… TIGER -- 5,000 B 

44)… THE VISITORS -- 4,600 A

45)… BANG-A-BOOMERANG -- 4,000 B 

46)… ROCK ME -- 4,000 B

47)… ONE MAN ONE WOMAN -- 4,000 B 

48)… I WONDER (DEPARTURE) -- 4,000 B

49)… NINA PRETTY BALLERINA – 3,000 B 

50)… IVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU – 3,000 B 

51)… THATS ME – 3,000 B 

52)… WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE ME? – 3,000 B 

53)… HOLE IN YOUR SOUL -- 3,000 B 

54)… IF IT WASNT FOR THE NIGHTS -- 3,000 B 

55)… KISSES OF FIRE -- 3,000 B 

56)… ON AND ON AND ON -- 3,000 B 

57)… ME AND I -- 3,000 B 

58)… SOLDIERS -- 3,000 B 

59)… LIKE AN ANGEL PASSING THROUGH MY ROOM -- 2,700 A

60)… PEOPLE NEED LOVE -- 2,000 B 

61)… HE IS YOUR BROTHER – 2,000 B

62)… DUM DUM DIDDLE -- 2,000 B

63)… I'M A MARIONETTE -- 2,000 B

64)… AS GOOD AS NEW -- 2,000 B 

65)… THE KING HAS LOST HIS CROWN – 2,000 B 

66)… PUT ON YOUR WHITE SOMBRERO -- 1,800 B 

67)… CASSANDRA – 1,600 A

68)… I AM THE CITY -- 1,200 A

69)… SHOULD I LAUGH OR CRY -- 1,100 A

70)… ANOTHER TOWN, ANOTHER TRAIN -- 1,000 B

71)… DISILLUSION -- 1,000 B

72)… I SAW IT IN THE MIRROR -- 1,000 B

73)… LOVE ISN'T EASY (BUT IT SURE IS HARD ENOUGH) -- 1,000 B

74)… ROCK'N ROLL BAND -- 1,000 B 

75)… SITTING IN THE PALMTREE -- 1,000 B

76)… KING KONG SONG -- 1,000 B

77)… MY MAMA SAID -- 1,000 B

78)… WHAT ABOUT LIVINGSTONE? -- 1,000 B 

79)… GONNA SING YOU MY LOVE SONG – 1,000 B 

80)… HEY HEY HELEN -- 1,000 B 

81)… TROPICAL LOVELAND -- 1,000 B 

82)… LOVERS (LIVE A LITTLE LONGER) -- 1,000 B 

83)… LOVELIGHT -- 1,000 B

84)… DREAM WORLD -- 1,000 B

85)… I LET THE MUSIC SPEAK -- 1,000 B 

86)… TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE -- 1,000 B

87)… YOU OWE ME ONE -- 1,000 B 

88)… MEDLEY -- 4 B

 

A couple of songs from "Chess"

I Know Him So Well - Elaine Paige/Barbra Dickson - 92,000

One Night in Bankkok - Murray Head - 26,000


Thanks to Colin Hughes for the above sales! 

 

CERTIFICATIONS  from BPI Database

 

 Certifications (Physical)
SONGAwardSalesSongAwardSales
FernandoGOLD500,000Mamma MiaSILVER250,000
Dancing QueenGOLD500,000Summer Night CitySILVER250,000
Money Money MoneyGOLD500,000Does Your Mother KnowSILVER250,000
Knowing Me Knowing YouGOLD500,000Angel Eyes/Voules VousSILVER250,000
The Name of the GameGOLD500,000Gimme Gimme GimmeSILVER250,000
Take a Chance on MeGOLD500,000   
ChiquititaGOLD500,000   
I Have a DreamGOLD500,000   
One of UsGOLD500,000


NB Waterloo and The Winner Takes it All sold enough to be awarded Silver (and possibly Gold for The Winner Takes it All). Their record company did not apply for their certifications.

SOS and Lay All Your Love On Me a bit under Silver Award status.

 

 Certifications since 2004
SONGAWARDSALES
Dancing QueenPlatinum600,000
Mamma MiaGold400,000
Gimme Gimme GimmeGold400,000
The Winner Takes it AllSilver200,000
WaterlooSilver200,000
Lay All Your Love On MeSilver200,000
 SOS Silver 200,000
Voulez VousSilver200,000

 

NB Download sales since 2004. Audio Streams introduced 2014. Video streams introduced 2017.

You cannot be awarded the same Download and Physical certification. Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Gimme Gimme Gimme received higher digital awards than previously under physical sales. Waterloo, The Winner Takes it All, SOS and Lay All Your Love on Me failed to get Silver awards originally. Voulez Vous was awarded a digital award as its physical award was as a double A side with Angeleyes.


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...