Abba

ABBA  are a Swedish pop group, formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha FältskogBjörn UlvaeusBenny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name derives from the first letter in each of the first names of its members. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982. ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 at The Dome in Brighton, UK, giving Sweden its first triumph in the contest. They are the most successful group to have taken part in the competition.

ABBA are estimated to have sold 380 to over 500 million records, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. They are also the best-selling band from continental Europe and from outside the English-speaking world. ABBA is the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United KingdomIrelandCanadaAustraliaNew ZealandSouth Africa, and the United States. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin America, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band’s active years, the band was composed of two couples: Fältskog and Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity, their personal lives suffered which eventually resulted in the collapse of both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions featuring more introspective and dark lyrics.

After ABBA disbanded in December 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until the purchase of ABBA’s catalogue and record company Polar by Polygram in 1989 enabled the groundwork to be laid for an international re-issue of all their original material and a new Greatest Hits (ABBA Gold) collection in September 1992, which became a worldwide bestseller. Several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), further revived interest in the group and spawned several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name, released in 2008, became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. A sequel is due to be released in 2018.

ABBA were honoured at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, when their hit “Waterloo” was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010.[13] In 2015, their song “Dancing Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy‘s Grammy Hall of Fame.

On April 27, 2018, it was announced that the band had recorded two new songs after 35 years of being inactive, the first of which – “I Still Have Faith in You” – will be released in December 2018

 

 

Song Artist(s) Writer(s) Album(s) Year Ref.
Andante, Andante ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
Angeleyes ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
Another Town, Another Train ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
Arrival ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Arrival 1976
As Good as New ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
Bang-A-Boomerang ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA 1975
“Cassandra” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Day Before You Came
(single/B-side)
1982
Chiquitita ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
“Crazy World” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Money, Money, Money
(single/B-side)
1976
“Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
Dancing Queen ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Arrival 1976
Disillusion ABBA Agnetha Fältskog
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
Does Your Mother Know ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
Don´t Shut Me Down ABBA ? ? 2018
“Dream World” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Thank You For The Music 1994
Dum Dum Diddle ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Arrival 1976
Eagle ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA: The Album 1977
Elaine ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Winner Takes It All
(single/B-side)
1980
Fernando ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Standalone single 1976
“From a Twinkling Star to a Passing Angel” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors(Deluxe Edition) 2012
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 1979
“Gonna Sing You My Love Song” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
“Happy Hawaii” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Knowing Me, Knowing You (single/B-side) 1977
Happy New Year ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
Hasta Mañana ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Waterloo 1974
He Is Your Brother ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
Head over Heels ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
Hey, Hey Helen ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA 1975
“Hole in Your Soul” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA: The Album 1977
Honey, Honey ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Waterloo 1974
“I Am Just a Girl” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Ring Ring 1973
“I Am the City” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
More ABBA Gold 1993
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA 1975
I Have a Dream ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
I Let the Music Speak ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
I Saw It in the Mirror ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
“I Wonder (Departure)” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA: The Album 1977
If It Wasn’t for the Nights ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
I’m a Marionette ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA: The Album 1977
Intermezzo No. 1 ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA 1975
I Still Have Faith in You ABBA ? ? 2018
I’ve Been Waiting for You ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA 1975
King Kong Song ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
Kisses of Fire ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
Knowing Me, Knowing You ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Arrival 1976
Lay All Your Love on Me ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
Like an Angel Passing Through My Room ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
Lovelight ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Chiquitita
(single/B-side)
1979
Lovers (Live a Little Longer) ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
Mamma Mia ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA 1975
“Man in the Middle” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA 1975
Me and Bobby and Bobby’s Brother ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
Me and I ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
“Medley: Pick a Bale of Cotton/On Top of Old Smokey/Midnight Special” ABBA traditional Summer Night City
(single/B-side)
1978
Money, Money, Money ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Arrival 1976
Move On ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA: The Album 1977
“My Love, My Life” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Arrival 1976
“My Mama Said” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
Nina, Pretty Ballerina ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
On and On and On ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
One Man, One Woman ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA: The Album 1977
One of Us ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
Our Last Summer ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
People Need Love ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
Put On Your White Sombrero ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Thank You For The Music 1994
Ring Ring ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Phil Cody
Neil Sedaka
Ring Ring 1973
Rock Me ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA 1975
“Rock ‘N’ Roll Band” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
She’s My Kind of Girl ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Ring Ring 1973
Should I Laugh or Cry ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
One of Us(single/B-side) 1981
“Sitting in the Palmtree” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
Slipping Through My Fingers ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
So Long ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA 1975
Soldiers ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
SOS ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA 1975
Summer Night City ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Standalone single 1978
Super Trouper ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
“Suzy-Hang-Around” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
Take a Chance on Me ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA: The Album 1977
Thank You for the Music ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA: The Album 1977
That’s Me ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Arrival 1976
The Day Before You Came ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Singles: The First Ten Years 1982
The King Has Lost His Crown ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
The Name of the Game ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA: The Album 1977
“The Piper” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
The Visitors ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
The Way Old Friends Do ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
The Winner Takes It All ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Super Trouper 1980
“Tiger” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Arrival 1976
“Tropical Loveland” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
ABBA 1975
“Two For the Price of One” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
Under Attack ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Singles: The First Ten Years 1982
Voulez-Vous ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Voulez-Vous 1979
“Watch Out” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
Waterloo ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson
Waterloo 1974
“What About Livingstone” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Waterloo 1974
When All is Said and Done ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
The Visitors 1981
When I Kissed the Teacher ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Arrival 1976
“Why Did It Have to Be Me?” ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Arrival 1976
You Owe Me One ABBA Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Under Attack
(single/B-side)
1982

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