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Swedish group. Most of the songs were written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, and sometimes Stig Anderson.

There have been 7 known masters of the original studio recordings:

  1. Original releases (1974-1981)
  2. CD releases (1982-1992)
  3. ABBA Gold and Thank You For the Music Box Set (1992-1994), remastered by Michael B. Tretow
  4. Remastered releases (1997), remastered by Jon Astley and Tim Young.
  5. Remastered releases (2001), when Jon Astley revisited his earlier remasters, and fixed some errors.
  6. Remastered releases (2005), made by Henrik Jonsson. Featured on "The Complete Studio Recordings" and "The Albums" box sets.
  7. Remastered releases (2005-), feature on the Deluxe albums. Some of these albums use the same remasters as the previous two box sets, some are completely new remasters (Voulez-Vous, Super Trouper, The Visitors, ABBA).
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ABBA (stylised ᗅᗺᗷᗅ; Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. 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, and are the most successful group to ever take part in the competition.

ABBA's record sales figure is uncertain and various estimates range from over 380 to over 500 million sold records. This makes them one of the best-selling music artists. ABBA was the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and on a lesser scale, the US. They have a joint record eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. The group also enjoyed significant success in Hispanic American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band's active years, Fältskog & Ulvaeus and Lyngstad & Andersson were married. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus–Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson–Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group's music, with later compositions featuring more introspective and dark lyrics in contrast to their usual pure-pop sound.

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 ABBAs 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 smash. Several films, notably Muriel's Wedding (1994) and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994), further revived public interest in the group and the spawning of 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.

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. In 2015, their song "Dancing Queen" was inducted into the Recording Academy's Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Waterloo ABBA 6
1974 Honey Honey ABBA 5 2
1974 So Long ABBA 1
1975 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA 5 1
1975 Mamma Mia ABBA 2
1975 S.O.S. ABBA 3
1976 Fernando ABBA 5 3
1976 Money, Money, Money ABBA 1
1976 Dancing Queen & That’s Me ABBA 1
1977 Knowing Me, Knowing You ABBA 5 2
1977 The Name of the Game ABBA 2
1977 Eagle ABBA 5 2
1978 Take a Chance on Me ABBA 2
1978 Summer Night City ABBA 2
1979 Chiquitita ABBA 5 4
1979 Does Your Mother Know ABBA 5 5
1979 Voulez-Vous ABBA 5 3
1979 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ABBA 5 2
1979 I Have a Dream ABBA 5 1
1979 Chiquitita / Too Much Heaven ABBA / Bee Gees 1
1979 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do / Mamma Mia ABBA 1
1980 The Winner Takes It All ABBA 1
1980 Super Trouper ABBA 1
1980 Happy New Year ABBA 1
1981 Lay All Your Love On Me ABBA 1
1981 Slipping Through My Fingers ABBA 1
1981 One of Us ABBA 2
1982 Head Over Heels ABBA 5 2
1982 The Day Before You Came ABBA 1
1982 Super Trouper / Lay All Your Love on Me ABBA 1
1982 Under Attack ABBA 2
1987 Dancing Queen / Fernando ABBA 1
1987 Take a Chance on Me / Chiquitita ABBA 1
1988 Waterloo / Mama Mia ABBA 1
1992 Dancing Queen ABBA 5 2
1998 Dancing Queen / Waterloo ABBA 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Put On Your White Sombrero ABBA 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Live 77 ABBA 1

Broadcast + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Wien Concert ABBA 1
Japan Tour 1980 ABBA 1

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