ABBA
ABBA in 1974; from left to right Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus
Background information
Also known as Agnetha
Benny
Björn
Anni-Frid
Origin Stockholm, Sweden
Genres Pop rock, Euro disco, Europop, synthpop
Years active 1972–1982, 2016-present
Labels Polar, Polydor, Atlantic, Universal, Epic, Vogue, RCA, PolyGram, Sunshine (Rhodesia-Zimbabwe), Ariston/Dig It (Italy)
Associated acts Hep Stars, Hootenanny Singers, Benny Anderssons Orkester
Website abbasite.com
Members
Agnetha "Anna" Fältskog
Björn Ulvaeus
Benny Andersson
Anni-Frid "Frida" Lyngstad
Logo ABBA
This well-known logo for ABBA was designed by Rune Söderqvist in 1976

ABBA is a Swedish pop music group, who had many hits in the 1970s in Stockholm and early 1980s. ABBA was the most commercially successful pop group of the 1970s. The name "ABBA" is made from the first letter of each member's first name:

  • A gnetha Fältskog
  • B jörn Ulvaeus
  • B enny Andersson, and
  • A nni-Frid Lyngstad.

ABBA became very popular after they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. They had many hits. These included "Dancing Queen", "SOS", "Mamma Mia", and "Waterloo". Most of their songs were written by Ulvaeus and Andersson.

They broke up in 1982, but their music is still popular. It has appeared in movies (including the Australian movies The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel's Wedding) and the musical Mamma Mia!.

History of ABBA

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ABBA on Dutch TV in April 1974: Clockwise from top left Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad

All 4 ABBA members had local music careers before ABBA even formed. Frida and Agnetha were both solo singers. Benny and Bjorn both had their own individual bands. In 1966, Benny and Bjorn both met and decided to write songs together.

In 1969, Bjorn met Agnetha and Benny met Frida. All four friends met together and decided to work together to record songs. By 1970, they were known as "Bjorn & Benny (With Svenska Flicka)". Later they were called Bjorn & Benny, Agnetha & Frida.

Their first hit was a song called "Hej, gamle man". By 1971, Bjorn and Agnetha were married and Benny and Frida were engaged. "Ring Ring" in 1973 was when the group achieved success throughout much of Europe and Africa.

It wasn't until 1973 that the group became officially known as ABBA. The name was suggested by their manager, Stig Anderson.

In 1974, ABBA was given a chance to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest. With "Waterloo", they won and soon got global success. In 1976, ABBA released Dancing Queen, which is often known as ABBA's "signature song" and "one of the greatest pop songs ever written". During 1977, their huge popularity became known as "Abbamania". In Australia, ABBA played in huge concerts that usually always sold out. "ABBA: The Movie" was also released in 1977 during the height of the group's popularity.

Throughout the mid and late 1970's ABBA performed in Europe, The United States, Japan and Australia.

In early 1979, Agnetha and Bjorn divorced. In early 1981, Frida and Benny also got divorced. This led to many sadder and more mature songs over the next few years.

By 1981, ABBA's popularity was declining. Their last album, "The Visitors" a not a big success like previous albums. The Day Before You Came was the last song ABBA ever recorded together, while Under Attack was the last song ever released, both in 1982. ABBA broke up shortly before 1983 and all members continued on their independent music careers, just like before they had met.

In 2005, all four members of ABBA appeared at the Stockholm premiere of the musical Mamma Mia!

On 4 July 2008, all four ABBA members were reunited at the Swedish premiere of the film Mamma Mia!. It was only the second time all of them had appeared together in public since 1986.

A sequel to the 2008 movie "Mamma Mia!", titled "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again", was announced on 20 May 2017 and is expected to be released on 20 July 2018.

On 27 April 2018, ABBA announced that they had recorded two new songs and one of them, "I Still Have Faith In You", would be performed by their digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December 2018.

Albums

ABBA - Super Trouper (Polar)
Super Trouper, seventh studio album released by the group in 1980

ABBA recorded eight albums between 1973 and 1981, as well as some compilation albums.

  • Ring Ring (1973)
  • Waterloo (1974)
  • ABBA (1975)
  • Arrival (1977)
  • ABBA: The Album (1977)
  • Voulez-Vous (1979)
  • Super Trouper (1980)
  • The Visitors (1981)

Famous songs

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ABBA at Edmonton, Canada, 1979
  • Waterloo (1974)
  • Mamma Mia (1975)
  • Fernando (1976)
  • Dancing Queen (1976)
  • Money Money Money (1976)
  • Chiquitita (1978)
  • Gimme Gimme Gimme (1979)
  • The Winner Takes It All (1980)

Other songs

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ABBA (known as Björn & Benny Agnetha & Anni-Frid/Frida) at Popzien, 1973
  • People Need Love (1972)
  • Another Town, Another Train (1973)
  • Honey Honey (1974)
  • So Long (1974)
  • I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (1974)
  • SOS (1975)
  • Hey, Hey, Helen (1975)
  • That's Me (1976)
  • Dum Dum Diddle (1976)
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
  • The Name of the Game (1977)
  • Take a Chance on Me (1977)
  • Eagle (1977)
  • Hole in Your Soul (1977)
  • Summer Night City (1978)
  • Does Your Mother Know (1979)
  • Kisses of Fire (1979)
  • I Have A Dream (1979)
  • Happy New Year (1980)
  • Me And I (1980)
  • Lay All Your Love On Me (1980)
  • One Of Us (1981)
  • When All Is Said And Done (1981)
  • Cassandra (1982)
  • Under Attack (1982)
  • The Day Before You Came (1982)

Images


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