The week to week chart positions are from The Guinness Top 40 Charts by Paul Gambaccini, which was sent by Paul Campbell. Additional information from "The Top Twenty Book - The Official British Record Charts 1955 - 1987" compiled by Tony Jasper. The accreditations information is courtesy of BPI.
Additional weekly chart positions comes from New Musical Express (NME), Melody Maker and Record Business (which ran from March 1978 to January 1983 and surveyed 300 stores). All of these are via Colin Hughes. The end of decade charts came via Toby Petterson.
Thanks to Ian Price, Dean Scapolo, Vaughan Davies, John Boylan, Colin Hughes, Paul Warren, Michael Price, Gary Millar, Stephen Flanagan and Michael Hartmann for contributing the information that appears on this page.
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. If the single week is in brackets, this position indicates the week prior to the listed date.
Positions: These are the Top 40 chart positions for a single or album. A couple of singles have a position in brackets at the beginning or end - this was the position outside the official Top 40. All other ABBA entered top 40 in its first week.
Reviews: Contemporary album reviews from the period.
Year End Charts: The position in the end of year charts based on sales over the year. In the UK, it was performance to the end of November until the year 1980.
Accreditations: Gold and Platinum awards for copies shipped to stores.
Sales Figures: Total UK sales for singles and albums.
|I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do||02/08/75||(50),(42),(41),38,(41),(44)|
|Money, Money, Money||20/11/76||34,10,6,3,5,3,3,4,3,8,17,34|
|Knowing Me, Knowing You||05/03/77||(48),18,7,2,2,1,1,1,1,1,7,12,30|
|The Name Of The Game||22/10/77||20,5,1,1,1,1,4,11,18,35,35,29|
|Take A Chance On Me||04/02/78||10,2,1,1,1,2,3,8,15,19|
|Summer Night City||16/09/78||21,7,8,5,12,20,34,(54),(72)|
|Does Your Mother Know||05/05/79||19,4,4,4,6,12,25,(41),(73)|
|Angeleyes / Voulez-Vous||21/07/79||(48),23,12,5,3,5,9,14,29,40,(66)|
|Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!||20/10/79||30,6,4,3,6,7,19,34,(52),(68),(68),(74)|
|I Have A Dream||15/12/79||21,2,2,2,2,7,13,26,(43),(58)|
|The Winner Takes It All||02/08/80||9,1,1,2,4,8,16,30,(41),(74)|
|Lay All Your Love On Me||18/07/81||17,7,9,14,24,28,(66)|
|One Of Us||12/12/81||11,3,3,3,5,6,17,22,30,(65)|
|Head Over Heels||27/02/82||(41),34,30,26,25,32,(52)|
|I Know There's Something Going On (Frida)||21/08/82||67,45,43,48,53,55,75|
|The Day Before You Came||30/10/82||(41),32,35,35,37,(46)|
|The Heat Is On (Agnetha)||21/05/83||84,47,35,37,36,43,53|
|Here We'll Stay (Frida)||25/06/83||100|
|Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Agnetha)||06/08/83||84,61,44,49,58,75|
|Can't Shake Loose (Agnetha)||15/10/83||76,63,79|
|Thank You For The Music||26/11/83||(64),(43),33,34,(43),(57)|
|One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head)||17/11/84||39,27,17,16,12,14,15,15,16,30|
|I Know Him So Well (Elaine & Barbara)||12/01/85||34,6,3,2,1,1,1,1,2,8,10,28,34|
|I Won't Let You Go (Agnetha)||06/04/85||100,84,100,92|
|The Last Time (Agnetha)||06/02/88||82,77,88|
|ABBA-Esque (EP) (Erasure)||13/06/92||1,1,1,1,1,4,9,12,21,37|
|If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind (Agnetha)||24/04/04||11,22,31,44,55,0,0,0,91|
|When You Walk In The Room||20/06/04||34,59|
|I Should've Followed You Home||23/11/13||99|
|Money, Money, Money||14/10/2016||4,8,18,|
|Knowing Me, Knowing You||14/10/2016||5,5,13,|
|Money, Money, Money||14/10/2016||5,12,27,|
|Knowing Me, Knowing You||14/10/2016||6,5,23,|
|Money, Money, Money||27/11/76||15,5,5,2,4,4,3,3,6,13,21|
|Knowing Me, Knowing You||05/03/77||21,8,3,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,18,20|
|The Name Of The Game||22/10/77||18,5,3,1,1,2,4,11,25|
|Take A Chance On Me||04/02/78||16,4,1,1,1,3,5,8,9,26|
|Summer Night City||16/09/78||24,16,8,11,10,22|
|Does Your Mother Know||12/05/79||14,4,6,6,10,17|
|Angeleyes / Voulez-Vous||21/07/79||30,21,9,5,6,10,19,21|
|Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!||27/10/79||15,6,3,2,8,14,21|
|I Have A Dream||15/12/79||23,7,7,7,2,3,9,21|
|The Winner Takes It All||09/08/80||5,1,1,3,10,13,21|
|Lay All Your Love On Me||23/07/81||10,5,7,17,21|
|One Of Us||19/12/81||4,4,1,2,9,7,22,24|
|Head Over Heels||27/02/82||23,26,30,27,25|
|The Day Before You Came||30/10/82||25|
|The Heat Is On (Agnetha)||04/06/83||45,0,0,35,37|
|Thank You For The Music||19/11/83||46,40,0,46|
|Time (Frida & B.A. Roberson)||24/12/83||50,50,47,46|
|Money, Money, Money||27/11/76||17,7,4,2,6,6,6,3,5,13,28|
|Knowing Me, Knowing You||05/03/77||26,8,4,2,1,2,1,1,1,4,17,16|
|The Name Of The Game||22/10/77||22,9,3,1,1,2,7,8,24,28|
|Take A Chance On Me||04/02/78||26,4,1,1,1,2,3,8,11,29|
|Summer Night City||16/09/78||27,14,9,10,11,18,29|
|Does Your Mother Know||05/05/79||30,9,4,5,9,18,26|
|Angeleyes / Voulez-Vous||21/07/79||27,14,12,5,8,8,14,24|
|Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!||27/10/79||14,4,2,2,8,15,29|
|I Have A Dream||15/12/79||28,7,7,7,3,7,12,24|
|The Winner Takes It All||02/08/80||23,3,1,1,4,4,4,10,13|
|Lay All Your Love On Me||18/07/81||8,5,6,23|
|One Of Us||12/12/81||24,4,3,3,3,9,14|
|Head Over Heels||20/02/82||28,21,30,28,29,30|
|The Day Before You Came||30/10/82||25,27|
|Summer Night City||16/09/78||missing|
|Does Your Mother Know||05/05/79||33,9,3,5,5,11,20,54,60|
|Angeleyes / Voulez-Vous||21/07/79||87,26,16,7,12,11,5,13,24,40,55,80|
|Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!||20/10/79||81,15,6,3,5,6,15,26,40,71|
|I Have A Dream||15/12/79||70,5,2,2,3,3,9,18,38,51,86|
|The Winner Takes It All||02/08/80||30,3,1,1,3,6,10,18,39,56,80|
|Lay All Your Love On Me||18/07/81||46,8,7,10,20,28,40,62,96|
|One Of Us||12/12/81||29,9,3,3,3,3,12,22,30,60,83|
|Head Over Heels||20/02/82||40,30,27,30,26,28,37,70|
|The Day Before You Came||23/10/82||69,23,19,32,41,38,60,77|
|Abba - The Album||04/02/78||1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,2,2,3,5,5,5,6,5,5,4,5,2,4,5,7,6,9,14,14,|
|Abba - The Album||13/01/79||53,61,62,50,57,54,69,42,51,58,55,56,72,69,0,0,66,70,69,71,65,57,62|
|Greatest Hits Vol.2||10/11/79||8,1,1,1,2,2,2,2,2,1,2,4,5,11,11,17,19,25,35,33,41,31,43,55,|
|Greatest Hits Vol.2||16/08/80||75,32,39,61,40,37,43,48,53,0,64,0,0,0,0,72,62,60,49,44,44,59,|
|Greatest Hits Vol.2||25/07/81||71,0,90,76,64,94|
|Something's Going On (Frida)||18/09/82||18,20,19,40,60,85,95|
|Abba - The Singles||20/11/82||6,1,2,2,3,2,2,2,9,14,21,22,27,46,51,60,51,64,81,91,66,0,76|
|Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Agnetha)||11/06/83||23,18,21,38,49,61,79,99,70,86,52,88,98|
|Thank You For The Music||19/11/83||44,28,17,19,21,28,28,38,45,73,73,100|
|Eyes Of A Woman (Agnetha)||04/05/85||38,63,99|
|I Stand Alone (Agnetha)||12/03/88||72|
|More Abba Gold||05/06/93||14,14,17,23,33,46,63,69,16,25,29,35,50,73,95|
|More Abba Gold||07/08/99||13,17,25,32,32,39,53,65,90,0,0,0,0,0,0,69,78,84,95|
|The Definitive Collection||10/11/01||17,25,41,56,68,70,68,66,79,0,0,85,0,0,0,0,0,83,88|
|The Definitive Collection||01/06/02||99,89,100,100|
|My Colouring Book||25/04/04||12,25,46,62,(98)|
|More Abba Gold||06/09/2008||63,86,99,63,75,97,82,71,85,85,90,97,0,0,99|
|The Albums (Box)||06/12/2008||89,89,95|
|The Albums (Box)||18/04/2009||94|
|Gold/More Gold - Greatest Hits||19/04/14||59|
|Live At Wembley Arena||11/10/14||30|
|Abba - The Album||28/01/78||7,2,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,2,3,2,5,5,5,7,6,3,2,3,3,4,4,6,7,14,11,21,|
|Abba - The Album||13/01/79||53,61,62,50,57,54,69,42,51,58,55,56,72,69,0,0,66,70,69,71,|
|Greatest Hits Vol.2||10/11/79||?8,3,2,1,1,1,1,1,1,3,1,2,5,9,14,18,29,24,30|
|Something's Going On (Frida)||02/10/82||24,30|
|Abba - The Singles||27/11/82||3,1,1,1,2,2,3,6,8,15,21,30|
|Wrap Your Arms Around Me (Agnetha)||11/06/83||41,27,24,28,37|
|Thank You For The Music||19/11/83||36,27,32,25,26,42,42|
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, sourced from this site.
Note: Often a preliminary end of year chart was published a couple of weeks before the end of the year. Some sites use this as the actual result, and as such there will be differences between my information and the other. To the best of my knowledge, the information here is from the 1/1 of a year, to 31/12 of a year.
1974 singles: Waterloo was number 16 for the year.
1975 singles: SOS was number 48 for the year.
1976 singles: Money, Money, Money was number 95 for the year.
1976 singles: Mamma Mia was number 21 for the year.
1976 singles: Fernando was number 7 for the year.
1976 singles: Dancing Queen was number 4 for the year.
1977 singles: The Name of the Game was number 16 for the year.
1977 singles: Knowing Me, Knowing You was number 6 for the year.
1978 singles: Summer Night City was number 73 for the year.
1978 singles: Take A Chance On Me was number 9 for the year.
1979 singles: Angeleyes / Voulez-Vous was number 56 for the year.
1979 singles: Does Your Mother Know was number 46 for the year.
1979 singles: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! was number 30 for the year.
1979 singles: I Have A Dream was number 27 for the year.
1979 singles: Chiquitita was number 17 for the year.
1980 singles: The Winner Takes It All was number 18 for the year.
1980 singles: Super Trouper was number 4 for the year.
1981 singles: One Of Us was number 76 for the year.
1976 albums: Abba was number 83 for the year.
1976 albums: Arrival was number 41 for the year.
1976 albums: Greatest Hits was number 1 for the year.
1977 albums: Greatest Hits was number 9 for the year.
1977 albums: Arrival was number 1 for the year.
1978 albums: Arrival was number 41 for the year.
1978 albums: Greatest Hits was number 35 for the year.
1978 albums: Abba - The Album was number 3 for the year.
1979 albums: Greatest Hits Vol.2 was number 8 for the year.
1979 albums: Voulez-Vous was number 5 for the year.
1980 albums: Greatest Hits Vol.2 was number 17 for the year.
1980 albums: Super Trouper was number 1 for the year.
1981 albums: Greatest Hits Vol.2 was number 127 for the year.
1981 albums: Super Trouper was number 40 for the year.
1981 albums: The Visitors was number 17 for the year.
1983 albums: Thank You For The Music was number 86 for the year.
Abba Gold: 12 in 1992 (525,000 estimated),
Abba Gold: 36 in 1993 (205,000 estimated), 63 in 1994 (168,000 estimated),
Abba Gold: 80 in 1995 (140,000 estimated), 87 in 1996 (130,000 sold),
Abba Gold: 100 in 1997 (110,000 sold), 55 in 1998 (211,000 sold),
Abba Gold: 4 in 1999 (1,253,187 sold), 41 in 2000 (367,000 sold),
Abba Gold: 148 in 2001 (107,080 sold), Not placed in 2002 (42,000 estimated),
Abba Gold: 193 in 2003 (95,000 sold), 47 in 2004 (380,000 sold),
Abba Gold: 118 in 2005 (160,000 sold), 194 in 2006 (94,000 sold),
Abba Gold: 166 in 2007 (91,800 sold), 19 in 2008 (410,119 sold),
Abba Gold: 54 in 2009 (248,500 sold), 90 in 2010 (150,900 sold),
Abba Gold: 130 in 2011 (95,400 sold), 140 in 2012 (81,300 sold),
Abba Gold: 119 in 2013 (77,250 sold), 103 in 2014 (70,300 sold),
Abba Gold: 79 in 2015 (84,000 sold), 72 in 2016 (88,500 sold).
1999 albums: More Abba Gold was number 150 for the year (82,574 sold).
2001 albums: The Definitive Collection was number 154 for the year (101,620 sold).
2006 albums: Number Ones was number 158 for the year (115,500 sold).
2008 albums: 18 Hits was number 120 for the year (133,500 sold).
2012 albums: 18 Hits was number 183 for the year (63,100 sold).
2013 albums: A by Agnetha was number 98 for the year.
2003 catalogue albums: Abba Gold was number 17 for the year.
2003 DVD: Abba Gold was number 97 for the year.
2003 DVD: The Definitive Collection was number 33 for the year.
The UK charts have also been calculated to give the biggest hits of the decade. These are included below.
1970s singles: Dancing Queen was number 29 for the decade.
1970s singles: Knowing Me, Knowing You was number 47 for the decade.
1970s singles: Fernando was number 63 for the decade.
1970s singles: Take A Chance On Me was number 67 for the decade.
1970s singles: The Name Of The Game was number 90 for the decade.
1980s singles: Super Trouper was number 48 for the decade.
1970s albums: Greatest Hits was number 2 for the decade.
1970s albums: Arrival was number 7 for the decade.
1970s albums: ABBA - The Album was number 20 for the decade.
1970s albums: Voulez-Vous was number 55 for the decade.
1970s albums: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was number 67 for the decade.
1990s albums: Abba Gold was number 9 for the decade.
2000s albums: Abba Gold was number 25 for the decade.
In addition, in September 1987 BBC Radio One had its 20th birthday. To celebrate, they compiled the UK's best selling albums from 1967 to 1987.
Greatest Hits was number 4, Arrival was number 17, Greatest Hits Vol. 2 was number 39, Super Trouper was number 41, and ABBA - The Album was number 70.
Total sales over all formats for Abba items in the United Kingdom. Items with a plus sign indicate that accurate numbers are not available, and this is based on the accreditation only. The figures below (except those with question marks) are the figures given out by Epic. Please note that only ABBA Gold and Greatest Hits have actually sold over 2,000,000 copies in the UK. The basis for this information is the "Top 100 Albums 1967 - 1987 List" (based on sales) compiled by Gallup. That organisation was responsible for the charts back then, and are considered an accurate representation of actual sales.
Among Abba fans, there is much speculation over the sales figures. Some people believe that some of these figures are inflated to a vast degree, evident by The Winner Takes It All single which has no accreditation (ie: less than 250,000 copies sold) and yet has a sales figure of 521,000. Others, more familiar with the industry, believe that Epic merely forgot to certify the single, which is a common occurrance around the world. As such, where a certification is listed in brackets, this means it was not certified for the sales it achieved but did achieve these sales. Please use any sales figures as a guide only, unless they are specific to the unit from a reputable source.
For singles in the UK, before 1 January 1987, a Silver award was for 250,000 copies, a Gold award was for 500,000 copies shipped to stores, and a Platinum award is for 1,000,000 copies shipped to stores. Post 1 January 1987, this was reduced for singles (not listed as not applicable here). Album accreditations were 60,000 / 100,000 / 300,000, with multiple platinum from 1987. Budget albums have to sell double to get accredited the same - so Gold is 200,000 copies and so on.
Abba no longer hold the record for the most advance orders for an album in the UK (1,000,000 for Super Trouper) - this was broken by Welcome to the Pleasuredome by Frankie Goes To Hollywood in 1984 with 1,150,000 advance copies ordered. In terms of singles, Abba are the 8th highest selling act in the UK ever.
|Ring Ring (re-release)||50,000|
|Money, Money, Money||510,000||Gold|
|Knowing Me, Knowing You||845,000||Gold|
|The Name of the Game||700,000||Gold|
|Take A Chance On Me||705,000||Gold|
|Summer Night City||250,000||Silver|
|Does Your Mother Know||375,000||Silver|
|Angeleyes / Voulez-Vous||340,000||Silver|
|Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!||490,000||Silver|
|I Have A Dream||570,000||Gold|
|The Winner Takes It All||521,000||(Gold)|
|Lay All Your Love On Me||200,000|
|One Of Us||501,000||Gold|
|Thank You For The Music||80,000|
|I Know Him So Well||823,000||Gold|
|Dancing Queen (re-release)||80,000|
|If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind||21,000|
|Nina, Pretty Ballerina||3,000*|
|People Need Love||2,000*|
|He Is Your Brother||2,000*|
|Another Town, Another Train||1,000*|
|I Saw It In The Mirror||1,000*|
|Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)||1,000*|
|Rock 'N Roll Band||1,000*|
|Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)||5,000*|
|Sitting In The Palmtree||1,000*|
|King Kong Song||1,000*|
|My Mama Said||1,000*|
|What About Livingstone||1,000*|
|Gonna Sing You My Lovesong||1,000*|
|I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do||35,300|
|I've Been Waiting For You||3,000*|
|Hey Hey Helen||1,000*|
|Money, Money, Money||41,100|
|Knowing Me, Knowing You||45,200|
|When I Kissed The Teacher||8,200|
|My Love, My Life||6,000*|
|Why Did It Have To Be Me||3,000*|
|Dum Dum Diddle||2,000*|
|The Name of the Game||29,400|
|Take A Chance On Me||56,300|
|Thank You For The Music||54,200|
|One Man, One Woman||4,000*|
|I Wonder (Departure)||4,000*|
|Hole In Your Soul||3,000*|
|I'm A Marionette||2,000*|
|Summer Night City||16,300|
|Does Your Mother Know||57,100|
|I Have A Dream||39,900|
|If It Wasn't For The Nights||3,000*|
|Kisses Of Fire||3,000*|
|As Good As New||2,000*|
|The King Has Lost His Crown||2,000*|
|Lovers (Live A Little Longer)||1,000*|
|Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!||66,700|
|The Winner Takes It All||100,000|
|Lay All Your Love On Me||37,800|
|Happy New Year||31,000*|
|Our Last Summer||26,400|
|The Way Old Friends Do||6,300|
|On And On And On||3,000*|
|Me And I||3,000*|
|Put On Your White Sombrero||1,800*|
|One Of Us||33,700|
|When All Is Said And Done||11,400|
|Head Over Heels||6,600|
|Slipping Through My Fingers||50,100|
|Like An Angel Passing Through My Room||2,700|
|Should I Laugh Or Cry||1,100|
|I Let The Music Speak||1,000*|
|Two For The Price Of One||1,000*|
|The Day Before You Came||28,700|
|I Am The City||1,200|
|You Owe Me One||1,000*|
|Greatest Hits||2,598,576||Platinum x 8|
|Abba - The Album||1,100,000||Platinum|
|Greatest Hits Vol.2||1,200,000||Platinum|
|Something's Going On||60,000+||Silver|
|Abba - The Singles||600,000||Platinum|
|Thank You For The Music||130,000||Gold|
|The Hits Vol. 2||200,000+||Gold|
|Abba Gold||4,475,000+||Platinum x 17|
|More Abba Gold||339,000+||Platinum|
|Thank You For The Music (Box Set)||24,600|
|My Colouring Book||57,000||Silver|
|Mamma Mia! Original Cast Recording||407,200||Platinum|
|The Definitive Collection||229,600||Gold|
|Abba - The Ultimate Collection (Readers Digest)||200|
|The Music Still Goes On||230,000||Gold|
|The Name of the Game||300,000||Platinum|
|Mamma Mia! Sountrack||1,468,000||Platinum x 5|
|The Albums (Box Set)||65,700||Silver|
|The Essential Collection||7,100|
|The Complete Studio Recordings||5,000|
|Classic Abba - The Masters Collection||38,500|
|Abba - The Vinyls (LP Box)||300|
|Abba Gold/More Abba Gold (2014 Triple CD)||4,200|
|Live At Wembley Arena||8,400|
|Story Of A Heart (Benny Andersson Band)||22,000|
|Ring Ring (Deluxe Edition)||26,000|
|Waterloo (Deluxe Edition)||36,000|
|ABBA (Deluxe Edition)||15,000|
|Arrival (Deluxe Edition)||114,000|
|Abba - The Album (Deluxe Edition)||49,000|
|Voulez-Vous (Deluxe Edition)||41,000|
|Super Trouper (Deluxe Edition)||107,000|
|The Visitors (Deluxe Edition)||73,200|
|Greatest Hits (2006 Reissue)||11,000|
|Gracias Por La Musica (2014 Reissue)||2,000|
|Something's Going On (Box Set) (Frida)||400|
|Chess (2014 Reissue)||43,000|
|The Winner Takes It All||50,000||Platinum|
|Abba Gold||100,000||Platinum x 2|
|Abba In Concert||25,000||Gold|