(Only 'ABBA Gold' is mentioned, regarding ABBA Compilation Albums. However, we must not forget that 'Greatest Hits', (1976), has outsold all of ABBA's UK Studio Albums, with over 2,600,000 Sales. Beaten only by 'ABBA Gold').
The OCC give 5,580,000 Sales to 'ABBA Gold' - the most that they have ever given it.
Ah, so Super Trouper has overtaken Knowing Me Knowing You, presumably because of its Mamma Mia exposure. It would be nice if they (and others?) made it to a million. Only one million seller doesn’t seem enough for an act of ABBA’s stature (although I realise there are acts as huge as Madonna who have never had a million-seller in the UK).
By the way, those links don’t seem to work for me.
But going into the site to read the articles, I notice (as usual) that the OCC can’t get things right. Two weeks at number one for Super Trouper? Take A Chance On Me their eighth number one? Does Your Mother Know the most popular song on Voulez-Vous?
Gary -- Try the 3 Links now. I've added them properly, this time.
1)... Yes, I noticed that they gave 2 No.1 Weeks to 'Super Trouper' instead of 3. The 'Official' UK Charts, (of that time), were the only ones where it had 3 No.1 Weeks. That was The BMRB Charts - British Market Research Bureau. The OCC use those Charts, for the 1980's etc. (It was a 2 Week No.1 in both 'New Musical Express' & 'Melody Maker').
2)... In the Albums Article they say that 'Does Your Mother Know' is the UK's Best Seller from 'Voulez Vous'. In the Singles Article, it is in 14th place and 3, (4), other 'Voulez Vous' Songs are above it. 'Chiquitita; - 9th, 'I Have A Dream' - 12th, and 'Angel Eyes / Voulez Vous' - 13th.
3)... They have 'One Of Us', (15th), and 'Money, Money, Money', (16th), too low. As they've done in the past, they've left out loads of their Sales. For 'One Of Us', they only give 405,000 1981/1982 Sales. They miss out the last Week of 1981, when it sold 96,000. 'Money, Money, Money' is only given its 1976 Sales, even though it was still Charting well into 1977. They give it just 310,000 Sales. Both Singles went Gold in the UK - 500,000+. I've told The OCC about this, on more than one occasion, but they just ignore me...
Hi, Not happy with Super Trouper at No 2. Why is it so high. I don't like the song at all. It is not a classic at all. ABBA had much better songs and these should have been higher. No definitely not a happy bunny !
Graham -- The 'Singles' Charts don't work like they used to. Streaming enables a lot of Songs to even 'sell' 200,000, 400,000 or even 600,000, in the UK, without even reaching the Top 10. Some Tracks reach such 'Sales' without even entering the Top 100!
So, that is how 'Thank You For The Music' can be ABBA's 20th UK Best Seller, when it only reached No.33 in 1983.
'The Day Before You Came' only reached No.32 in 1982, and that is ABBA's 21st UK Best Seller. It has sold around 350,000 to 400,000 UK copies - via Streaming and Downloads mainly...
Even so, it is hard for ABBA, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, etc. to have truly huge Streaming figures. Westlife have recently made a UK 'Come Back'. Their 1st Single - 'Hello My Love' - was a UK No.3 Sales Hit. But, its lack of Streaming meant that it got no higher than No.13 in the Main Singles Chart. Their 2nd Single - 'Better Man' - was a Sales No.2 Hit, but it was unable to get higher than No.26 in the Main Chart, due to low Streaming figures. We will see if ABBA's Singles can do better than that - in the Main Chart - or, if they too will be crippled by low Streaming figures...(Westlife will certainly have their 8th UK No.1 Album, with 'Spectrum', as 'Old' Acts can still Chart high in the UK Album Chart. Just as ABBA would have their 10th UK No.1 Album, if they came back with an Album).