UK

 ABBA UK Sales.

 

How many records have ABBA sold in the UK?



ABBA UK ALBUM SALES

ABBA Top 30 Albums - UK
1 Gold-Greatest Hits 5, 300,000 A
2 Greatest Hits 2, 600,000 A
3 Arrival 1,650,000 F
4 Super Trouper 1,250,000 E
5 The Album ^ 1,200,000 E
6 Greatest Hits Volume Two 1,100,000 E
7 Voulez Vous  800,000 E
8 The Visitors  700,000 E
9 The Singles  600,000 E
10 18 Hits  512,000 B
11 More Gold  420,000 G
12 The Name of the Game   292,000 C
13 The Definitive Collection   231,000 C
14 The Music Still Goes On   230,000 C
15 Hits 2   200,000 D
16 ABBA  170,000 E
17 Number Ones  169,300 C
18 Hits  150,000 E
19 Hits 3   150,000 E
20 The Collection   120,000 E
21 Thank You For the Music  100,000 D
22 Absolute ABBA  100,000 D
23 Waterloo  90,000 E
24 The Albums  65,700 C
25 Forever Gold  61,600 C
26 The Ultimate Collection  60,000 C
27 Love Stories  51,000 C
28 Ring Ring  40,000 E
29 Classic ABBA - The Masters Collection  38,000 C
30 Thank You for the Music - Box set  24,600 C

The deluxe edition of "Gold" (2014) which was a 3-CD sold just 4,200 copies , 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

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
 

  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
1 Dancing Queen 1,100,000
2 Knowing Me, Knowing You   845,000
3 Super Trouper   815,000 
4 Fernando   775,000
5 Take a Chance On Me   705,000
6 The Name of the Game   700,000
7 The Winner Takes it All   620,000
8 Chiquitita   575,000
9 I Have a Dream   570,000
10 Waterloo   510,000
11 Mamma Mia   505,000  
12 Gimme Gimme Gimme   490,000
13 Angel Eyes/Voulez Vous '   480,000  (370,000)
14 One of Us *   405,000  (495,000)
15  Does Your Mother Know   375,000
16 Money Money Money *   310,000  (510,000)
17 Summer Night City   250,000
18 Lay All Your Love On Me   200,000
19 SOS ^   170,000 (270,000)
20 Thank You For The Music    80,000

The Official Charts Company, 2010 

* 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 exlude 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

a 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 -- 100,000 A

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 -- 56,300 A

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...