France - Additional Information

This page contains the singles end of year charts, the combined sales and radio chart Top 30 information for France, the accreditation information, and some chart runs. The combined Top 30 information is from the book Hit Parades 1950 to 1998 by Daniel Lesueur. The book summarises the positions into Top 30's by month. Special thanks to Patric Guillon-Kopf for the combined information, John Boylan for the singles sales figures - from InfoDisc, Florent Ochlinski via ABBAtalk for the albums sales and some singles sales, Maurizio for the chart runs, Ján Havran for an accreditations and end of year albums, and Emilie for the rest.

Year End Charts

At the end of each year, the top singles and albums for the year were compiled based upon sales. Below are the year-end positions for the ABBA material that made it into the year-end charts.

1974 singles: Waterloo was number 24 for the year.

1975 singles: I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do was number 60 for the year.

1976 singles: Fernando was number 9 for the year.
1976 singles: Dancing Queen was number 52 for the year.

1976 albums: Arrival was number 47 for the year.
1976 albums: Greatest Hits was number 63 for the year.

1977 singles: Money, Money, Money was number 22 for the year.
1977 singles: Knowing Me, Knowing You was number 52 for the year.
1977 singles: The Name of the Game was number 87 for the year.

1978 singles: Take A Chance On Me was number 42 for the year.
1978 singles: Summer Night City was number 78 for the year.
1978 singles: The Name of the Game was number 84 for the year.

1978 albums: Abba - The Album was number 53 for the year.

1979 singles: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! was number 27 for the year.
1979 singles: Chiquitita was number 87 for the year.

1979 albums: Voulez-Vous was number 40 for the year.
1979 albums: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was number 69 for the year.

1980 singles: Super Trouper was number 36 for the year.
1980 singles: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! was number 49 for the year.
1980 singles: The Winner Takes It All was number 61 for the year.

1980 albums: Super Trouper was number 40 for the year.

1981 singles: Super Trouper was number 46 for the year.

1982 singles: I Know There's Something Going On was number 37 for the year.
1982 singles: One of Us was number 53 for the year.
1982 singles: Head Over Heels was number 74 for the year.

1982 albums: The Singles - The First Ten Years was number 66 for the year.
1982 albums: The Visitors was number 94 for the year.

1983 singles: I Know There's Something Going On was number 93 for the year.

1991 albums: The Abba Story was number 47 for the year.

2000 compilations: Forever Gold was number 22 for the year.

Key to Abbreviations:

Date: This is the month the single first appeared in the chart.
Title: The title of the single. If there are two titles listed on one line, that single was considered a double A side.
HP: The highest position the item reached in the monthly combined charts.
TI: This stands for "Times In" which is basically how many months the item spent on the charts.

Abba:

French Singles
DateTitleHPTI
05/74Waterloo0303
05/76Fernando0504
10/76Dancing Queen0402
12/76Money, Money, Money0206
04/77Knowing Me, Knowing You1106
11/77The Name Of The Game1004
01/78Take A Chance On Me1306
11/78Summer Night City0802
03/79Chiquitita1502
11/79Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!0204
07/80The Winner Takes It All0803
11/80Super Trouper0807
01/82One Of Us0907
07/82Head Over Heels1002

Frida:

French Single
DateTitleHPTI
11/82I Know There's Something Going On0204

Accreditations

For albums, Silver was 50,000, Gold was 100,000, Platinum was 300,000 and Diamond was 1,000,000 until June 2006.
For singles, Silver was 125,000, Gold was 250,000, Platinum was 500,000 and Diamond was 750,000 until June 2006.
For albums, Silver is 35,000, Gold is 75,000, Platinum is 200,000 and Diamond is 750,000.
For singles, Silver is 100,000, Gold is 200,000, Platinum is 300,000 and Diamond is 500,000.

ABBA Gold and More ABBA Gold sales are on page 3 and 20 in the list on this web site.

Fernando (same as Greatest Hits UK) - Gold - sales reported to be 75,000
Golden Double Album - Gold x 2
Arrival - Platinum - sales reported to be 200,000
ABBA - The Album - Gold - sales reported to be 150,000
Voulez-Vous - Platinum - sales reported to be 200,000
Greatest Hits Vol.2 - Platinum - sales reported to be 100,000
Super Trouper - Platinum
The Visitors - Gold
Something's Going On - Gold
Abbacadabra - Platinum
The Abba Story - Gold
Abba Gold - Diamond - sales reported to be 1,114,300.
More Abba Gold - Gold - sales reported to be 355,000.
The Definitive Collection - Gold

Waterloo - Gold - sales reported to be 417,000
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do - sales reported to be 300,000
Fernando - Gold - sales reported to be 602,000
Money, Money, Money - Gold - sales reported to be 550,000
Knowing Me, Knowing You - sales reported to be 300,000
Take A Chance On Me - sales reported to be 250,000
Chiquitita - sales reported to be 150,000
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! - Gold - sales reported to be 583,000
Super Trouper - Gold - sales reported to be 392,000
I Know There's Something Going On - Gold - sales reported to be 500,000
Belle - Silver

Total Abba sales in France are listed as 5,476,000 singles and 3,109,423 albums.

Week to Week Charts

French Albums Chart
TitleDatePositions
A (Agnetha)25/05/1385,146
Live At Wembley Arena05/10/1487,

French Compilation Albums Chart
TitleDatePositions
Love Storiesweek 14/9911,3,6,12,9,11,17,16,0,21
Forever Goldweek 49/9919,6,6,7,4,6,6,7,10,11,15,20,24
The Abba Story06/03/045,2,4,7,9,14,13,12,14,20,27,37,40,39,0,17,14,26,0,39,0,27,33,36,37,38,0,0,37,40
18 Hits20/01/200640,39,23,31
18 Hits07/01/200730,15,19,29,39

Maintained by Trent Nickson.
Last updated: 27 March 2016.