See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen...
ABBA were one of the foremost pop supergroups of the 1970s and 1980s. Active between 1972 and 1982, and coming from Sweden
, the group's name is an acronym
of the initial letters of the band members: Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (also known as Frida). The first 'B' in the name ABBA is reversed in the band's official logo
. Their sound owes much to the vocal talents of the two girls, and has been described as a wall of sound
. Much of the poignancy of ABBA's lyrics is attributed to the relationships and marriages of Benny with Anni-Frid, and Bjorn with Agnetha, the latter of whom announced their divorce in 1979. The group's first hits under the name Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid
were People Need Love
and Nina, Pretty Ballerina
in 1972, followed by Ring Ring
in 1973. In early 1973, the band began going under the name ABBA, largely through the ideas of their manager, Stig Anderson.
Eurovision and Waterloo
ABBA became Sweden's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest
, a popular contest televised across Europe
, in 1974, and victory for their song Waterloo
led to chart success in Britain
and across Europe. Waterloo
hit the UK number 1
spot, and reached reached number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart
in the United States of America
. Their 1974 European tour was followed by a rapturous welcome in Australia in 1976. By this time, Abba were beginning to write and perform some of their best known songs, such as Mama Mia
, and tunes like Fernando
, Money, Money, Money
, Knowing Me, Knowing You
, and one of their most enduring hits, Dancing Queen
, soon followed. The band also produced the mini-operetta The Girl With Golden Hair
, and the film ABBA: The Movie
, about their 1977 Australian tour. A stream of hits and successful albums followed (see below), but on December 11, 1982, they made their last performance ever, on UK television.
Benny and Bjorg collaborated with Tim Rice
to produce the hit musical Chess
, released as an album in 1984, and as a musical in 1986. The musical Mamma Mia!
using ABBA songs premiered in 1999, and the film version was released in 2008. Several greatest hits compilations have been released, including ABBA Live!
and ABBA Gold
. Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus continue to write together, while Agnetha Faltskog has become quite reclusive, but both women have performed and produced works since the group split. While the four have appeared at events such as the launch of Mamma Mia!
together, they have declared their intention never to reunite as a group.
Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Gracias Por La Música
The Singles: The First Ten Years
ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits
ABBA Oro: Grandes Exitos
More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits
The Definitive Collection
Thank You For The Music
The Complete Studio Recordings