List of best-selling albums in France

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This is a list of the best-selling albums in France that have been certified by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique (SNEP).

Diamond album certifications[edit]

The SNEP provides "certifications" for album sales, similar to the RIAA's. Diamond awards were instituted November 1, 1988.

Certification Before May 1, 2005 Before July 1, 2009 After July 1, 2009
Diamond 1,000,000 750,000 500,000

Best-selling albums of all-time in France by sales[edit]

These are the estimations for the top 20 best-selling albums in France, according to Infodisc.com,[1] which is not associated with SNEP. French artists are in bold.

Rank Year Artist Album Certification [2] Sales [3][4]
1 1995 Celine Dion D'eux Diamond 4,412,100
2 1994 Francis Cabrel Samedi soir sur la terre Diamond 3,963,400
3 1979 Supertramp Breakfast in America Platinum 3,072,100
4 1989 Patrick Bruel Alors Regarde Diamond 2,736,200
5 1973 Pink Floyd The Dark Side of the Moon Platinum 2,555,400
6 1982 Michael Jackson Thriller Diamond 2,366,700
7 1978 Various artists Starmania Diamond 2,237,600
8 1973 The Beatles 1967-1970 2× Platinum 2,227,600
9 1987 Jean-Jacques Goldman Entre gris clair et gris foncé Diamond 2,194,200
10 1997 Louise Attaque Louise Attaque Diamond 2,186,600
11 1978 Various rtists Saturday Night Fever Diamond 2,157,600
12 1990 Francis Cabrel Sarbacane Diamond 2,129,800
13 1998 Various artists Notre-Dame de Paris Diamond 2,119,600
14 1997 Andrea Bocelli Romanza Diamond 2,077,500
15 1987 U2 The Joshua Tree 2× Platinum 2,072,100
16 1973 The Beatles 1962-1966 Platinum 2,061,600
17 1990 Fredericks, Goldman and Jones Fredericks Goldman Jones Diamond 2,044,400
18 1990 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Diamond 1,995,300
19 1991 Michael Jackson Dangerous Diamond 1,985,500
20 2001 Patrick Bruel Entre deux Diamond 1,949,000

List of diamond albums in France[edit]

Year Artist Album Certification [5] Certified sales[3]
1992 ABBA ABBA Gold Diamond 1,000,000
1993 Ace of Base Happy Nation Diamond 1,000,000
2011 Adele 21 Diamond 500,000
2013 Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox Diamond 500,000
1999 Alain Souchon Au ras des paquerettes Diamond 1,000,000
1993 Alain Souchon C'est deja ca Diamond 1,000,000
1995 Andre Rieu Valses Diamond 1,000,000
1997 Andrea Bocelli Romanza Diamond 1,000,000
2005 Benabar Reprise des négociations Diamond 1,000,000
1984 Bob Marley and the Wailers Legend Diamond 1,000,000
2004 Calogero 3 Diamond 1,000,000
2002 Calogero Calogero Diamond 1,000,000
1995 Celine Dion D'eux Diamond 1,000,000
1996 Celine Dion Falling Into You Diamond 1,000,000
1997 Celine Dion Let's Talk About Love Diamond 1,000,000
1998 Celine Dion S'il suffisait d'aimer Diamond 1,000,000
2012 Celine Dion Sans attendre Diamond 500,000
2004 Chimene Badi Dis moi que tu m'aimes Diamond 750,000
2010 Christophe Maé On trace la route Diamond 500,000
2007 Christophe Maé Mon Paradis Diamond 750,000
2008 Coldplay Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends Diamond 500,000
1994 The Cranberries No Need to Argue Diamond 1,000,000
2009 David Guetta One Love Diamond 500,000
2001 Dido No Angel Diamond 1,000,000
1985 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Diamond 1,000,000
1990 Elton John The Very Best of Elton John Diamond 1,000,000
1997 Era Era Diamond 1,000,000
2003 Florent Pagny Ailleurs Land Diamond 1,000,000
1995 Florent Pagny Bienvenue chez moi Diamond 1,000,000
1997 Florent Pagny Savoir aimer Diamond 1,000,000
1987 France Gall Babacar Diamond 1,000,000
1987 Francis Cabrel 77/87 Diamond 1,000,000
2008 Francis Cabrel Des roses et des orties Diamond 750,000
1989 Francis Cabrel Sarbacane Diamond 1,000,000
1980 Francis Cabrel Fragile Diamond 1,000,000
1999 Francis Cabrel Hors saison Diamond 1,000,000
1994 Francis Cabrel Samedi soir sur la terre Diamond 1,000,000
1990 Fredericks Goldman Jones Fredericks Goldman Jones Diamond 1,000,000
1993 Fredericks Goldman Jones Rouge Diamond 1,000,000
1996 The Fugees The Score Diamond 1,000,000
2000 Garou Seul Diamond 1,000,000
2000 Gerald de Palmas Marcher dans le sable Diamond 1,000,000
2001 Henri Salvador Chambre avec vue Diamond 1,000,000
1997 I Am L'ecole du micro d'argent Diamond 1,000,000
2002 Indochine Paradize Diamond 1,000,000
2001 Isabelle Boulay Mieux qu'ici bas Diamond 1,000,000
2007 James Blunt All The Lost Souls Diamond 500,000
2005 James Blunt Back to Bedlam Diamond 750,000
1997 James Horner Titanic Diamond 1,000,000
2009 Jean Ferrat Best Of 3 CD Diamond 500,000
2001 Jean-Jacques Goldman Chansons pour les pieds Diamond 1,000,000
1987 Jean-Jacques Goldman Entre gris clair et gris foncé Diamond 1,000,000
1997 Jean-Jacques Goldman En passant Diamond 1,000,000
1984 Jean-Jacques Goldman Positif Diamond 1,000,000
1996 Jean-Jacques Goldman Singulier Diamond 1,000,000
1986 Jeanne Mas Femmes d'aujourd'hui Diamond 1,000,000
2002 Johnny Hallyday A la vie a la mort! Diamond 1,000,000
2005 Johnny Hallyday Ma verite Diamond 750,000
1999 Johnny Hallyday Sang pour sang Diamond 1,000,000
2012 Johnny Hallyday L'Attente Diamond 500,000
1980 Julio Iglesias Sentimental Diamond 1,000,000
2003 Kyo Le chemin Diamond 1,000,000
2001 L 5 L 5 Diamond 1,000,000
2009 Lady Gaga The Fame Diamond 500,000
1997 Lara Fabian Pure Diamond 1,000,000
2006 Laurent Voulzy La septieme vague Diamond 750,000
2005 Madonna Confessions on a Dancefloor Diamond 750,000
1990 Madonna The Immaculate Collection Diamond 1,000,000
1987 Madonna True Blue Diamond 1,000,000
1998 Manau Panique celtique Diamond 1,000,000
1998 Manu Chao Clandestino Diamond 1,000,000
1993 Mariah Carey Music Box Diamond 1,000,000
1982 Michael Jackson Thriller Diamond 1,000,000
1987 Michael Jackson Bad Diamond 1,000,000
1991 Michael Jackson Dangerous Diamond 1,000,000
1995 Michael Jackson HIStory Diamond 1,000,000
2004 Michel Sardou Plaisir Diamond 750,000
2007 Mika Life in Cartoon Motion Diamond 750,000
1999 Moby Play Diamond 1,000,000
2009 Mozart l'opéra rock Mozart l'opéra rock Diamond 500,000
2009 Muse The Resistance Diamond 500,000
1988 Mylène Farmer Ainsi soit je... Diamond 1,000,000
1991 Mylène Farmer L'autre... Diamond 1,000,000
1995 Mylène Farmer Anamorphosée Diamond 1,000,000
1999 Mylène Farmer Innamoramento Diamond 1,000,000
2001 Mylène Farmer Les mots Diamond 1,000,000
2010 Mylène Farmer Bleu noir Diamond 500,000
2012 Mylène Farmer Monkey Me Diamond 500,000
1972 Neil Young Harvest Diamond 1,000,000
1991 Nirvana Nevermind Diamond 1,000,000
2002 Norah Jones Come Away With Me Diamond 1,000,000
2011 Nolwenn Leroy Bretonne Diamond 500,000
2005 Olivia Ruiz La femme chocolat Diamond 1,000,000
1996 Pascal Obispo Superflu Diamond 1,000,000
1988 Patricia Kaas Mademoiselle chante... Diamond 1,000,000
1990 Patricia Kaas Scene de vie Diamond 1,000,000
1993 Patricia Kaas Je te dis vous Diamond 1,000,000
1989 Patrick Bruel Alors regarde Diamond 1,000,000
2000 Patrick Bruel Juste avant Diamond 1,000,000
2002 Patrick Bruel Entre deux Diamond 1,000,000
1989 Phil Collins ...But Seriously Diamond 1,000,000
1975 Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here Diamond 1,000,000
1979 Pink Floyd The Wall Diamond 1,000,000
1992 Pow Wow Regagner les plaines Diamond 1,000,000
2005 Raphaël Caravane Diamond 750,000
2002 Renaud Boucan d'enfer Diamond 1,000,000
2008 Seal Soul Diamond 750,000
2012 Sexion D'Assaut L'Apogée Diamond 500,000
2001 Shakira Laundry Service Diamond 1,000,000
2012 Shakira Sale El Sol Diamond 500,000
1991 Simon & Garfunkel The Definitive Simon & Garfunkel Diamond 1,000,000
1982 Simon & Garfunkel Live in Central Park Diamond 1,000,000
1996 Spice Girls Spice Diamond 1,000,000
2013 Stromae Racine Carrée Diamond 500,000
2005 La troupe du roi soleil Le roi soleil Diamond 750,000
2010 The Black Eyed Peas The Beginning Diamond 500,000
2009 The Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. Diamond 500,000
1987 Tracey Chapman Tracy Chapman Diamond 1,000,000
1992 Various artists/Whitney Houston The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album Diamond 1,000,000
2004 Various artists Les choristes Diamond 1,000,000
1998 Various artists Les dix commandements Diamond 1,000,000
1995 Various artists Mozart-Requiem-Eblouissante Musique Sacre Diamond 1,000,000
1996 Various artists Les plus belles chansons francaises 1962 Diamond 1,000,000
1998 Various artists Notre dame de Paris Diamond 1,000,000
2000 Various artists Roméo et Juliette, de la Haine à l'Amour Diamond 1,000,000
2000 Various artists Starmania 79 Diamond 1,000,000
2006 Yannick Noah Charango Diamond 750,000
2010 Yannick Noah Frontiére Diamond 500,000
2003 Yannick Noah Pokhara Diamond 1,000,000
2000 Yannick Noah Yannick Noah Diamond 1,000,000
2010 Zaz Zaz Diamond 500,000
2003 ZZ Top Greatest Hits Diamond 1,000,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://infodisc.fr/CDCertif_Album.php
  2. ^ "Disque en france" (in French). SNEP. accessdate=2010-10-11. 
  3. ^ a b "Les Meilleures Ventes de CD/Albums depuis 1968 :". Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  4. ^ http://www.snepmusique.com/fr/pag-259165-DISQUES-D-OR.html?year=2001
  5. ^ "Disque en france" (in French). SNEP. accessdate=2010-10-11.