Today, when we hear the title Mamma Mia, we think of the musical and the hit movie that was one of the box office smashes of But the song that gave the show its name was also the single that established ABBA as an international hit act. Catchy title In the summer of , just a few months after ABBA released their third album simply entitled ABBA , the group were a bit uncertain as to the future of their international career. Things were looking very good in most of Europe, where both their singles and their albums were lapped-up eagerly, but in Great Britain — the home of modern pop music, as far as ABBA were concerned — the story was somewhat less rosy. But things were soon to turn around for the band, thanks to events on the other side of the planet — and thanks to one of the strongest tracks on their latest album.
Swedish music has successfully and indefinitely engrained itself in today's music scene with the country producing some of pop's most prolific producers and singers, but it likely all would have been much, much different without ABBA. Here are the 15 ABBA songs that have undeniably stood the test of time. Ulvaeus details flirting with a much younger lady, backed by his band mates' harmonies, on this piano-driven, boogie-disco cut. A song that showed ABBA's international reach, "Chiquitita" a Spanish term of endearment for a woman meaning "little one" not only upped the group's global appeal with versions recorded in Swedish, English and Spanish , but the lullaby-like verses showcase the group's brilliant ability to jump from soothsayers to power-pop belters. Bjorn Ulvaeus said "S. While it boasts a similar rhythmic feel to "Chiquitita," this cut was released three years before and boasts a fascinating backstory that further indicated ABBA's upcoming global domination. An early song in ABBA's career, the single incorporated rock and jazz elements, atypical for the group, but ultimately the sonic innovations led to one of their most satisfying tracks. A true ABBA classic. The funk-inspired opening. The fact that both Faltskog and Lyngstad had solos.
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Picking the best ABBA songs is an almost impossible task, but we've given it a go! Considering they had SO MANY classic hits in such a relatively short period, it certainly makes them one of the greatest pop bands of all time. This song originally had the title 'Under My Sun', and it later formed as the title and theme tune of the s sitcom of the same name starring Kathy Burke. This song was originally featured on the group's fifth album The Album in , but became more famous when it was released as a single in late , to promote the compilation album of the same name. One of the final scenes of the movie sees Amanda Seyfried's Sophie duet with the spirit of her late mother, played by Meryl Streep. It was easily one of the most emotional cinematic moments in years. This was the song that catapulted ABBA into the public consciousness. The song is about a woman who "surrenders" to a man and promises to love him, referring to Napoleon's surrender at the Battle of Waterloo in It's not often you get a history lesson in a pop tune. This track is sung from the perspective of a woman who, despite her hard work, can barely keep her finances in order, and therefore is looking for a well-off man.
The Swedish pop savants ruled s radio, invaders coming from the land of the ice and snow to become the top-selling act of their time. But their hits are just the beginning — their albums are full of buried treasures. The hits and the flops, the deep cuts and the fan faves, the sublime and the ridiculous. Benny was the one with the beard. Anni-Frid was the brunette.