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ABBA

The most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s, the origins of the Swedish superstars ABBA dated back to 1966, when keyboardist and vocalist Benny Andersson, a onetime member of the popular beat outfit the Hep Stars, first teamed with guitarist and vocalist Bjorn Ulvaeus, the leader of the folk-rock unit the Hootenanny Singers. The two performers began composing songs together and handling session and production work for Polar Music/Union Songs, a publishing company owned by Stig Anderson, himself a prolific songwriter throughout the 1950s and 1960s. At the same time, both Andersson and Ulvaeus worked on projects with their respective girlfriends: Ulvaeus had become involved with vocalist Agnetha Faltskog, a performer with a recent number one Swedish hit, "I Was So in Love," under her belt, while Andersson began seeing Anni-Frid Lyngstad, a one-time jazz singer who rose to fame by winning a national talent contest.

In 1971, Faltskog ventured into theatrical work, accepting the role of Mary Magdalene in a Swedish production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar; her cover of the musical's "Don't Know How to Love Him" became a significant hit. The following year, the duo of Andersson and Ulvaeus scored a massive international hit with "People Need Love," which featured Faltskog and Lyngstad on backing vocals. The record's success earned them an invitation to enter the Swedish leg of the 1973 Eurovision song contest, where, under the unwieldy name of Bjorn, Benny, Agnetha & Frida, they submitted "Ring Ring," which proved extremely popular with audiences but placed only third in the judges' ballots.

The next year, rechristened ABBA (a suggestion from Stig Anderson and an acronym of the members' first names), the quartet submitted the single "Waterloo," and became the first Swedish act to win the Eurovision competition. The record proved to be the first of many international hits, although the group hit a slump after their initial success as subsequent singles failed to chart. In 1975, however, ABBA issued "S.O.S.," a smash not only in America and Britain but also in non-English speaking countries such as Spain, Germany and the Benelux nations, where the group's success was fairly unprecedented. A string of hits followed, including "Mamma Mia," "Fernando," and "Dancing Queen" (ABBA's sole U.S. chart-topper), further honing their lush, buoyant sound; by the spring of 1976, they were already in position to issue their first Greatest Hits collection.

ABBA's popularity continued in 1977, when both "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "The Name of the Game" dominated airwaves. The group also starred in the feature film ABBA -- The Movie, which was released in 1978. That year Andersson and Lyngstad married, as had Ulvaeus and Faltskog in 1971, although the latter couple separated a few months later; in fact, romantic suffering was the subject of many songs on the quartet's next LP, 1979's Voulez-Vous. Shortly after the release of 1980s Super Trouper, Andersson and Lyngstad divorced as well, further straining the group dynamic; The Visitors, issued the following year, was the final LP of new ABBA material, and the foursome officially disbanded after the December 1982 release of their single "Under Attack."

Although all of the group's members soon embarked on new projects -- both Lyngstad and Faltskog issued solo LPs, while Andersson and Ulvaeus collaborated with Tim Rice on the musical Chess -- none proved as successful as the group's earlier work, largely because throughout much of the world, especially Europe and Australia, the ABBA phenomenon never went away. Repackaged hits compilations and live collections continued hitting the charts long after the group's demise, and new artists regularly pointed to the quartet's inspiration: while the British dance duo Erasure released a covers collection, ABBA-esque, an Australian group called Bjorn Again found success as ABBA impersonators. In 1993, "Dancing Queen" became a staple of U2's "Zoo TV" tour -- Andersson and Ulvaeus even joined the Irish superstars on-stage in Stockholm -- while the 1995 feature Muriel's Wedding, which won acclaim for its depiction of a lonely Australian girl who seeks refuge in ABBA's music, helped bring the group's work to the attention of a new generation of moviegoers and music fans. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Frida you are my eternal love!!!
Days of gold ABBA FOLYFE!!!
Thank You For the Music - PANDORA
mayasavoie
abbey
The all time great bad a** loveable groups in my 55yrs of life
Greattttt music from ABBA!!!
ibeheldhisgl o r y
Abba, a great band!
amanda_m_law
I love the ABBA band!
painterpotts
I named my helicopter ABBA. Keep spinning.
Chiqutita is the BEST SONG EVER!!!!"
It would be nice to have the lyrics back!!!!!!
I wish we all lived in the world that ABBA lived
Confession.. . s l i g h t l y addicted to ABBA!
Abba is great. I wish the lyrics would still be available on pandora
dosent the band ABBA stop playing there band now
my dogs name is Abba
Hi
lawrence0219
you will be kissed the nearest Friday by the love of life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post then u will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this in six other songs and your lovers name will appear on the screen in large letters. It’s scary but it works.
Love the pink ladies
djgibb2001
This is not crap this is the greatest music ever
Crap
I love Abba
This sounds like my life !
I ❤️ ABBA and Mama Mia is so good
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. However if you don't read this you will die in two days. Now that you've started reading this don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on five songs in the next 143 min. when your done press F6 an your lovers name will pop up on your screen in big letters. Trust me it works.
sweetpeajao
I love this song and the other similar song!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Still love ABBA 35yrs later,,, wish they would get together and do a world charity tour together,, that tour would break every concert record ever......
Love ABBA always!
Everybody loves ABBA!
on't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
Excellent , like and song.
Love them
momma mia is the best
Hey
Wow so many memories of this music when I was young.
rickgarcia10 1 7
Abba lives forever
jimwick
All-time all-tops! ABBA forever!
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ABBA is.......... . A W E S O M E !
ABBA just pure bliss, I LOVE THEM! Agnetha you are precious!
sweetpeajao
Abba is the awesomist Grls aver
1591425100
So love it! These guys are great!
blazebuy
Who doesn't belt this out in the car and do the piano in the air?!
bates0080
Best EVER ... but the movie is an abomination.
Great type of music they sing
Good song
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