ABBA UK Sales.

 

How many records have ABBA sold in the UK?



ABBA UK ALBUM SALES

 ABBA Top 30 Albums - UK
1Gold-Greatest Hits5, 700,000
2Greatest Hits2, 600,000
3Arrival1,650,000
4Super Trouper1,250,000
5The Album ^1,200,000
6Greatest Hits Volume Two1,100,000
7Voulez Vous 800,000
8The Visitors 700,000
9The Singles 600,000
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 18,000,000

 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.



 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!

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

 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

Physical:

Silver (250,000)

Gold (500,000)

Platinum (1,000,000)


Digital: Downloads since 2004. Audio streams equivalent from 2014. Video stream equivalent since 2017.

Silver (200,000)

Gold (400,000)

Platinum (600,000)



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.

ABBA Singles Sales

 

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

Dancing Queen - a Million Seller

 




 

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!

 



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...