Germany - Additional Information

Much of the following information was compiled for me by Colin Hughes and passed on to me Sara Russell. Unfortunately, I don't have the title and author of the book these are sourced from. Pre-1989 information relates to West Germany. Additional accreditation information and ongoing updates passed on by Tino Bensen in Berlin and John Boylan, with some year end information from Ralf in Stuttgart and Maurizio - thanks very much!

Key to Abbreviations:

Title: The title of the single or album. With singles, if there are two titles listed on one line, that single was considered a double A side.
Date: This is the date the single or album first appeared in the chart.
Positions: These are the Top 10 chart positions for a single or album.

Week to Week Charts

German Singles
Honey, Honey08/07/197428,8,4,3,3,2,3,4,3,3,3,3,2,2,3,2,2,5,8
So Long15/12/197433,24,25,11,25,17,16,21,20,27,19,18,20,30,34,28
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do14/04/197528,31,28,22,20,11,17,13,12,7,7,11,8,8,12,6,26,14,26,35,46,47
Mamma Mia15/12/197540,16,24,12,4,6,9,3,1,2,2,3,4,4,3,8,9,20,15,22,45,38,34,39
Dancing Queen16/08/197621,15,5,2,2,1,2,2,2,3,2,3,5,5,5,8,11,14,18,22,22,28,40,38,41,42,49
Money, Money, Money22/11/197620,7,4,3,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,3,7,5,9,12,12,25,20,35,37,49
Knowing Me, Knowing You28/02/197728,13,11,3,2,2,1,1,2,3,2,4,4,4,5,6,7,8,12,12,31,22,36,35,43,42
The Name Of The Game31/10/197730,28,8,7,12,10,12,18,15,19,18,26,26,28,38,46,35,41,32,50
Take A Chance On Me30/01/197841,15,5,7,5,4,3,7,7,7,5,7,8,10,15,15,13,12,17,19,26,29,28,40,42
Eagle/Thank You For The Music22/05/197848,14,8,7,6,9,9,8,11,11,13,16,19,20,20,28,37,32,40
Summer Night City25/09/197821,13,6,6,10,13,14,14,19,20,25,25,26,35,32,38,42
Does Your Mother Know21/05/197924,10,10,10,11,12,15,16,17,21,28,28,35,44
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!29/10/197924,7,3,3,4,4,4,3,3,5,3,11,14,15,20,27,41,49,43,38,50,49,62,58,54,69
I Have A Dream24/12/197948,39,4,6,4,5,5,7,7,10,12,13,12,13,17,14,16,14,16,28,31,36,36,47,72,67,73
The Winner Takes It All04/08/198014,4,7,4,6,4,7,10,10,13,10,11,18,17,23,21,22,39,41,38,41,39,63,42,29,46,65,72,70
Super Trouper17/11/198058,17,4,3,3,1,1,4,1,1,1,2,2,3,4,7,6,8,10,16,25,28,36,32,36,36,43,55,60,58
Lay All Your Love On Me17/08/198135,32,34,30,26,27,27,30,42,63,42,69,73,70
One Of Us14/12/198133,9,3,1,3,4,2,5,7,7,10,10,13,17,16,27,40,46,44,54,73,73
Head Over Heels01/03/198269,19,19,19,24,27,33,39,38,59,63,72
I Know There's Something Going On (Frida)06/09/198272,23,16,6,8,5,5,5,8,10,13,16,15,22,26,30,33,46,41,58,75
The Day Before You Came01/11/198270,34,15,6,6,5,7,9,10,14,20,30,29,46,46,71
Never Again (Agnetha)13/12/198244,37,42,63,49,62
To Turn The Stone (Frida)13/12/198239,42,43,39,56,R(1)73
Under Attack27/12/198237,22,23,23,26,35,42,51,71
The Heat Is On (Agnetha)20/06/198347,43,36,23,20,22,22,29,31,43,51,68,69,46,45,56,71
Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Agnetha)03/10/198348,42,32,30,36,42,48,60,68,71,75
Shine (Frida)01/10/198463,62,51,72
One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head)07/01/19853,2,1,1,2,2,3,4,4,7,10
I Won't Let You Go (Agnetha)15/04/198566,R(1)44,36,24,31,29,42,49,56,67,72
The Last Time (Agnetha)29/02/198851,49,54,52,58,64
Dancing Queen12/09/199290,28,29,26,27,29,32,33,36,41,46,49,48,78,96,88
Happy New Year27/12/199999,78
The Last Video Ever02/08/200430,50,57,57,70,76,90,85,98
Happy New Year05/01/200999,77
Happy New Year08/01/201088
Happy New Year14/01/201193
Happy New Year13/01/201275
The One Who Loves You Now29/03/201376

German Albums
The Best of Abba15/10/197538,11,25,12,13,7,17,10,8,2,2,1,2,6,15,4,7,29,14,15,25,20,22,40,38,31
Mamma Mia15/03/197649,34,31
The Very Best of Abba15/09/197633,3,4,8,3,3,2,4,4,5,17,8,8,9,31,19,20,
Abba - The Album01/02/197824,3,3,4,4,2,2,2,2,3,3,6,6,9,9,9,7,7,9,9,6,6,9,9,11,12,12,19,15,17,
Greatest Hits Vol.226/11/197911,14,14,11,13,14,15,11,12,12,8,6,9,9,16,
Super Trouper24/11/198014,6,1,2,1,2,3,3,2,2,2,2,4,3,4,2,2,5,6,6,9,8,
A Wie Abba11/05/198160,5,4,3,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,7,8,8,12,15,17,16,26,26,23,
The Visitors21/12/198111,1,1,1,1,1,2,3,7,7,8,8,9,6,8,15,20,20,25,26,37,
Something's Going On (Frida)27/09/198257,30,13,12,16,16,30,21,26,36,32,27,43,34,55,58
Abba - The Singles29/11/198252,10,5,7,8,10,9,9,10,13,20,24,30,50,53,64,57,62
Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Agnetha)27/06/198334,18,21,17,16,23,27,27,29,35,29,31,36,13,16,17,19,19,25,31,34,37,52,56,55,61
I Love Abba17/10/198359,18,11,13,0,17,28,36,33,43,57,64
Shine (Frida)01/10/198465,0,49
Eyes Of A Woman (Agnetha)15/04/198543,52,41,30,31,33,40,38,52,49,62
I Stand Alone (Agnetha)14/03/198847,47,62
Abba Gold05/10/199298,54,5,2,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,4,5,5,11,11,11,11,
More Abba Gold07/06/199398,27,10,9,10,13,17,18,20,29,38,38,46,42,51,54,65,76,82,79
Forever Gold25/11/199668,85,70,84,67,67,50,54,56,56,54,66,60,69,78
Forever Gold24/03/199798,98
Love Stories09/11/199886,82,96
Abba Gold10/05/199963,69,63,73,72,59,56,42,61,49,52,52,53,52,49,52,
Complete Singles Collection06/12/199939,23,11,10,10,11,14,15,18,18,18,18,18,25,23,
Complete Singles Collection26/06/200087,91,99
Complete Singles Collection18/12/200054,76,81,79,98,78,87
The Definitive Collection25/02/200235,42,44,57,69,74,91
The Definitive Collection29/07/200250,46,48,54,38,40,54,53,61,75,78,94,100,
Abba Gold28/04/200352,68,76,83,90,83,57,66,85,85,92
Abba Gold22/09/200364,90
Abba Gold27/10/200353,68,95,82
Abba Gold12/01/200465,82,87,79,79,82,89,91
Abba In Concert12/04/200438,34,34,52,60,78,92
Abba Gold19/04/200439,18,27,43,48,60,72,81,95
The Definitive Collection19/04/200438,14,18,22,32,36,39,56,58,69,72,77,85,77,74,67,72,76,68,67,73,91,78,83,92
My Colouring Book (Agnetha)10/05/20046,16,19,26,40,37,59,73,90,96
The Abba Story10/05/200431,50,47,55,75,89
Abba Gold22/08/200466,75,78,81,81,88,86
Abba Gold03/01/200567,64,77,58,69,84,75,72,87,89,94,76,91,95,86,91,95,77
The Definitive Collection10/01/200563,68,92,77,93
Abba - The Movie07/10/200548,91,80
The Definitive Collection18/11/200567,72,76,61,58,54,62,73,77
Abba Gold09/12/200563,57,52,48,43,38,25,39,40,61,46,53,65,63,77,85,92,
Number Ones11/12/200633,37,39,32,24,34,44,36,45,54,57,63,70,81
Abba Gold05/08/200844,43,38,31,24,28,42,40,45,62,73,72,85,90,99
18 Hits05/08/200862,74,80,62,58,76
Abba Gold07/01/201139,47,60,73,85,93,99
Abba Gold05/08/201172
Abba Gold28/10/201196
The Albums (Box Set)18/11/201161,99,91
The Albums (Box Set)16/12/201196,88,91,82,73,80
Abba Gold06/01/201275,58,66,84,96
Abba Gold17/02/201286,94,80
The Essential Collection08/06/201241,16,24,42,58,63,84,51,89,97
Abba Gold15/06/201234,57,100
Abba Gold20/07/201274,40,69,86,85,95
A (Agnetha)24/05/20133,9,8,15,24,36,41,45,51,71,74,88,0,88,0,0,0,28,50,83,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,75,0,0,0,0,0,88
Abba Gold10/01/201472,86,85,
Abba Gold18/04/20149,3,7,11,
Live At Wembley Arena10/10/20149,50,73

Year End Charts

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

1974 singles: Waterloo was number 8 in the year.
1974 singles: Honey Honey was number 9 in the year.

1975 singles: SOS was number 4 for the year.

1976 singles: Mamma Mia was number 20 for the year.
1976 singles: Fernando was number 4 for the year.
1976 singles: Dancing Queen was number 17 for the year.

1977 singles: Money Money Money was number 16 for the year.
1977 singles: Knowing Me, Knowing You was number 10 for the year.

1978 singles: Take A Chance On Me was number 15 for the year.

1979 singles: Chiquitita was number 16 for the year.
1979 singles: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! was number 28 for the year.

1980 singles: I Have A Dream was number 23 for the year.
1980 singles: The Winner Takes It All was number 28 for the year.

1981 singles: Super Trouper was number 5 for the year.

1982 singles: One Of Us was number 26 for the year.

1985 singles: One Night In Bangkok from Chess was number 7 for the year.

1974 albums: Waterloo was number 22 for the year.

1976 albums: The Best of Abba was number 1 for the year.

1977 albums: The Very Best of Abba was number 5 for the year.
1977 albums: Arrival was number 1 for the year.

1978 albums: Abba - The Album was number 6 for the year.

1979 albums: Voulez-Vous was number 11 for the year.

1980 albums: Greatest Hits Vol.2 was number 5 for the year.

1981 albums: Super Trouper was number 2 for the year.

1982 albums: The Visitors was number 20 for the year.

1992 albums: Abba Gold was number 27 for the year.

1993 albums: Abba Gold was number 9 for the year.

2003 albums: The Definitive Collection was number 54 for the year.

2004 albums: My Colouring Book by Agnetha Fältskog was number 153 for the year.
2004 albums: Abba Gold was number 150 for the year.
2004 albums: The Definitive Collection was number 127 for the year.
2004 albums: Mamma Mia (German Cast Recording) was number 74 for the year.

2006 albums: Abba Gold was number 98 for the year.

2007 albums: Number Ones was number 159 for the year.

2013 albums: A by Agnetha was number 78 for the year.

2004 best selling artists: Abba were number 44 for the year.

2002 DVD: The Definitive Collection was number (Top 10) for the year.

2003 DVD: The Definitive Collection was number 4 for the year.

2004 DVD: Live In Concert was number 12 for the year.


This information is from Hit-Bilanz, edited by Günther Ehlert / Taurus-Press, with some information from Musikmarkt, Musikwoche, Media Control via Michael Hartmann.

Gold was 250,000 and Platinum was 500,000 until October 1999.
Gold was 150,000 and Platinum was 300,000 until December 2002 for albums.
Gold was 250,000 and Platinum was 500,000 until December 2002 for singles.
Gold is now 100,000 and Platinum is 200,000 for albums.
Gold is now 150,000 and Platinum is 300,000 for singles.
Gold is now 25,000 and Platinum is 50,000 for DVD.

Waterloo - Gold
Honey Honey - Gold
Fernando - Gold
One Night In Bangkok - Gold

Waterloo - Platinum
The Best of Abba - Gold x 2
The Very Best of Abba - Gold x 3
Greatest Hits - Gold
Arrival - Platinum x 2
Abba - The Album - Platinum
Voulez-Vous - Platinum
Greatest Hits Vol.2 - Platinum
Super Trouper - Platinum x 2
The Visitors - Platinum
A wie Abba - Gold
16 Abba Hits - Gold
Abba - The Singles - Gold
Chess - Gold
Abba Gold - Platinum x 4
More Abba Gold - Gold
Complete Singles Collection - Platinum
The Definitive Collection - Platinum x 2
Mamma Mia! (German Cast) - Platinum

More Abba Gold - Gold
The Definitive Collection (DVD) - Platinum x 2
Abba Gold (DVD) - Platinum
In Concert - Gold

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Last updated: 22 November 2014.