Here is the list of french and foreign francophone singers who have sold the most discs in the world:
When zero is indicated for spectators, this means that the number is unknown. For most singers, we do not yet know very well the number of millions of spectators who attended their concerts.
We could have added the legal downloads, the music listened through legal streaming. The quantity of discs sold by the recent singers are relative when we know that they are mostly heard in streaming nowadays.
For Charles Trenet, this is a number from 1955. The actual number of copies sold must be much higher since it is one of the few to have got into the world. Similarly for Edith Piaf, the number dates from 1954. At the time discs sales were rare, the artists were especially on stage.
There is little data concerning Tony Parker, Thierry The Luron, Sacha Distel, Michel Petrucciani, Serge Reggiani, Slimane, Ringo, Rose Laurens, René la mole, Patrick Juvet, Nino Ferrer, Michel Fugain, Mélina Mercouri, Louis Chedid, Song Companions, Les Choristes, Lacrim, Juliette Gréco, Piou Poussin, Guy Béart, Georges Moustaki, François Feldman, David Charvet, Dario Moreno, Daniel Guichard, Coluche, Cheraze, Sébastien Cauet, Catherine Lara, Bernard Lavilliers, Les Inconnus, Garou, Jane Birkin, Chico & The Gypsies, Pierre Perret, Antoine, C2C (Coups 2 Cross), Jeanne Mas, Jean-Pierre François, Stephanie of Monaco, Barbara, Marc Lavoine, Marcel Amont, Didier Barbelivien, Alain Barrière, Gilbert Bécaud, Liane Foly, Étienne Daho, Claude Nougaro, Henri Salvador, Hugues Aufray.
French foreign singers such as Demis Roussos, Nana Mouskouri, Cheb Khaled, Pirate’s Heart, Lio, Salvatore Adamo, Dave, Isabelle Boulay, Stromae, Celine Dion were added.
Tino Rossi remains the colossus of the French song with over 500 million records sold worldwide. Johnny Hallyday is one of the giants, just ahead of Sardou and behind Dalida.