It’s been around three decades since any new materials been released by the Swedish band ABBA, but these pop icons are gearing up for a new album that’s scheduled to be released in September 2020. Two years after the group’s reunion in 2016 for their 50th anniversary, they officially announced that they were back together after 36 years of being apart. Bjorn Ulvaeus even confirmed in an interview that they already have five new songs recorded and ready to go. So in anticipation for the band’s upcoming album, let’s look back at some of their classic hits:
Dancing Queen (1976)
This particular classic takes the number one spot in Rolling Stone‘s list of the best ABBA songs of all time, and for good reason. It’s one of the best dance anthems out there, guaranteed to get everyone dancing. Additionally, here’s a bit of trivia about ABBA from Gala Bingo: It’s rumored that Bjorn Ulvaeus wrote this song for the ‘royal matriarch after a bash at Glamis Castle’. So, if it’s good enough for the Queen, it’s certainly good enough for us!
Mamma Mia (1975)
Popularly known as the title for the hit musical movie in 2008 that features ABBA’s greatest hits, Mamma Mia is also the opening track for the group’s self-titled album. The single reached the top 20 in many European countries; reaching number three in Norway, number nine in Switzerland and the Netherlands, and twelve in the United Kingdom. A Spanish version of the song was even recorded for the Latin America and Spanish markets.
Super Trouper (1980)
According to The Guardian’s list of ABBA’s UK singles, “Super Trouper” continued the Swedish band’s chart success and became their ninth (and final) No. 1 in the UK. This distinction helped ABBA become the fourth most successful artist at the time in the UK, behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Cliff Richard. Despite its catchy tune and happy-sounding rhythm, the song actually speaks to how only the presence of a lover can distract one from the horror and charade of being in the spotlight all the time.
The Winner Takes It All (1980)
Divorce can be a really tragic experience, but it didn’t stop Bjorn Ulvaeus from writing about it and asking his estranged wife to sing on the song. While Bjorn has always declared that the piece was a work of fiction, its working title – “The Story of My Life’ – suggests otherwise. The song’s combination of an uplifting rhythm and sad lyrics perfectly reflects how even the most devastating events in life can actually bring you hope.
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (1979)
In the midst of her divorce with Bjorn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Faltskog sang “Gimme!”, which is a hymn focusing on desire and sexual freedom. The song set the stage for future spooky-pop hits like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and has influenced many other songs. For instance, later on, the song became the basis for Madonna’s “Hung Up” in 2005, which went on to become one of her biggest hits.
These songs (as well as those that didn’t make it to the list) exhibit how popular ABBA was and still are to this day. The band’s creativity, musicality, and versatility shine through in all of these songs.
For more songs that’ll take you back in time, check out our post ‘To Celebrate Madonna’s 60th Birthday’, which features five of the Queen of Pop’s timeless hits.