ABBA (Swedish pop group)

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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).
Annotation last modified on 2012-11-21 22:07 .


ABBA (Swedish pronunciation: [²abːa]) is a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first names. 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.

Estimates of ABBA's total record sales are at least 400 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. They are the best-selling band from continental Europe, and also from outside the English-speaking world. ABBA are the first group from a non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South 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, it was composed of two couples, the one being Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, the other Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny 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, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, was 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. 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, with the first one – "I Still Have Faith in You" – to be released in December 2018.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Live in Concert (Australia) ABBA 1
The Lost Live Album ABBA 5 1

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 ABBA Remixed Step/Dance ABBA 1
2009 UltraTraxx pres. ABBA – The UltraTraxx Remixe Vol.1 ABBA 1
2009 UltraTraxx pres. ABBA – The UltraTraxx Remixe Vol.2 ABBA 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
ABBA: The Movie ABBA 5 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 People Need Love ABBA 4
1972 He Is Your Brother ABBA 2
1973 Ring Ring ABBA 7
1973 Love Isn’t Easy / I Am Just a Girl Björn Benny & Agnetha Frida 2
1974 Waterloo ABBA 5 6
1974 Honey Honey ABBA 5 2
1974 So Long ABBA 1
1975 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do ABBA 4 1
1975 Mamma Mia ABBA 5 2
1975 S.O.S. ABBA 5 3
1976 Fernando ABBA 5 3
1976 Money, Money, Money ABBA 5 1
1976 Dancing Queen & That’s Me ABBA 5 1
1977 Knowing Me, Knowing You ABBA 5 2
1977 The Name of the Game ABBA 2
1977 Eagle ABBA 4.5 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 4 5
1979 Voulez-Vous ABBA 5 3
1979 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! ABBA 5 3
1979 I Have a Dream ABBA 4 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 5 1
1980 Super Trouper ABBA 5 2
1980 Happy New Year ABBA 2
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 3 1
1982 Under Attack ABBA 2
1987 Dancing Queen / Fernando ABBA 3 1
1987 Take a Chance on Me / Chiquitita ABBA 3 1
1988 Waterloo / Mama Mia ABBA 3 1
1992 Dancing Queen ABBA 4 2
1995 Dancing Queen / Bridal Dancing Queen ABBA / The Wedding Band 1
1998 Dancing Queen / Waterloo ABBA 1

Single + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Thank You for the Music ABBA 1
1996 Put On Your White Sombrero ABBA 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Live 77 ABBA 1

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 The Visitors ABBA 1

Broadcast + Live

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

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases

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