The songs by Abba were some of the most popular hits of the 60s and 70s. With some of their classics such as “Waterloo”, “Disillusion” and “Dancing Queen” it’s easy to see why. But there are other great hits from the band that are just as good.
ABBA was one of the most popular groups of the seventies. The band made many hits, including the hit song “Waterloo”. It has been cited as one of the best pop songs ever written.
ABBA was an upbeat pop group from Sweden. In 1974, they won the Eurovision Song Contest. Their song ‘Waterloo’ was also a big hit worldwide.
It was the title track of ABBA’s second studio album. Waterloo was a hit in the US, Canada, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Australia, South Africa, Denmark, and France.
This pop song by ABBA was inspired by the Battle of Waterloo, which occurred in 1815 and is a renowned military defeat. Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle of Waterloo by the Prussian army and the Duke of Wellington’s army. Approximately 50,000 people were killed.
The song is a metaphor for a woman who is in love with a man, but then surrenders to him. “Waterloo” is considered by many to be one of the best songs in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest.
“Waterloo” was composed by ABBA’s Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. They wrote it specifically for the Eurovision song contest. However, it did not qualify for the Swedish pre-selection for Eurovision in 1973.
‘Waterloo’ was a smash hit on the charts in many European countries, peaking at #1 in Germany. Also, it made the top 10 in the United States, Australia, and Canada.
After winning the Eurovision song contest, ABBA released a second studio album. ‘Waterloo’ was the first single. The album was a major success and sold over six million copies. The song was performed by ABBA at the Melodifestivalen 1974 competition in February.
When it comes to ABBA’s music, you can’t go wrong with “Dancing Queen.” This song is a classic of disco, pop, and rock music. It is one of ABBA’s biggest hits and has become a worldwide hit.
The song was released in 1976. This was the first time ABBA had a number one hit on the Billboard Hot 100. At the time, the band had just returned from a tour of Sweden.
It was also their first number one in the U.S. and became a hit in countries such as Brazil, Canada, and Mexico.
ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’ has been covered by many artists. Glee cast performed the song in 2002, and a cast of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia!” Here We Go Again” made a cover in 2018. Angela Pang covered the song in the Cantonese language in 1993.
In September 1975, Agnetha added vocals to the track. She cried when she first heard the track. However, Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus were already working on new material.
It was recorded in Alexandra’s discotheque in central Stockholm. A short promotional clip was made for the song.
“Dancing Queen” was later covered by U2 in 1992. A cover by A-Teens also appeared in 2000. After being remixed by Love To Infinity, the song became a club hit.
ABBA’s ‘Dancing queen’ is an ode to dancing. It describes a young girl having a great time on the dance floor, and how she is lost in the moment. Eventually, she will have to move on to adulthood, but it will be a rich experience.
ABBA’s ‘Dancing Qud’ has sold millions of copies worldwide. It is considered a genre-defining song.
“Knowing Me, Knowing You”
Knowing Me, Knowing You is an ABBA song that’s worth looking into. It’s an excellent example of the band’s prowess in songwriting and production. There’s also an excellent music video to go along with it.
While ABBA had several hits in their catalogue, “Knowing Me, Knowing You” was their swansong. The single was a Top Three hit in Austria, South Africa and Ireland, and reached number one in Mexico and West Germany. ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ was a major milestone for ABBA.
The track was also featured in the TV special ABBA-dabba-dooo!!, which ran between June and September 1976. For this particular video, Leonard Eek filmed ABBA members in the Swedish archipelago. In the accompanying clip, the band was in pairs. Despite the group’s obvious chemistry, there was a definite divide in the quality of the individual performances.
There are a number of DVD releases of this song, and its videos. These include the aforementioned ABBA-dabba-dooo!! and a deluxe edition of Arrival. Also available is Lasse Hallstrom’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’ film, which was directed by a future Academy Award nominee.
Although “Knowing Me, Knowing You” is not the most spectacular ABBA song, it’s a solid contender for being their most important track. The song was not only a major milestone for the group, it set a precedent for more serious ballads to follow.
Another ABBA song that has been lauded as a notable milestone is the ‘My Love’. ABBA’s version of the love ballad is at least as catchy as anything off Rumours or Rumours II. Unlike the more typical power pop ballads, the song’s lyrics have more substance. It’s not only one of the most catchy songs of its genre, it also shows off the band’s most mature and sophisticated songwriting.
The “Disillusion” was a song that was released by Swedish pop duo ABBA in 1973. It is one of the most well-known songs in the band’s oeuvre and was the source of one of ABBA’s most memorable moments. On the album, Faltskog wrote the track’s two lead vocal lines and penned several of its songs, notably the tawny-hued “Royal Weed”. In the same year, a re-recording of the same song was released as part of the Swedish singer’s self-titled solo album, Elva kvinnor i ett hus. However, the track’s biggest success may have been in its original incarnation, where it reached number one in Sweden and number two on the charts. During this time, Faltskog also wrote the ABBA group’s only top 40 hit, “I’m Still Alive”.
Although the “Disillusion” was the album’s only single, it did produce a notable single, the aforementioned “I’m Still Alive”, which is still considered by many to be one of the best ABBA tracks to this day.
“Hey, Hey Helen”
ABBA was one of the most influential groups in the history of pop music, but the band is also responsible for many lesser known tracks. The song “Hey, Hey Helen” is one of these. It appeared on ABBA’s self-titled 1975 album. While it isn’t considered a classic, it’s a very memorable song. Despite being a minor hit, it reflects the group’s flamboyant, off-kilter approach to pop.
This track features Anni-Frid and Agnetha encouraging Helen to leave her ex-husband. But Helen feels lost. She recently divorced and has no idea where to go. During the song, a synth hook that Madonna has sampled for her “Hung Up” comeback smash appears. In a song that was written to be an anthem for women in the wake of divorce, ABBA made a strong statement.
Another less well-known ABBA track is “The Visitors.” It’s an obscure eighties synth-pop classic that never really got the attention it deserved. The song’s lyrics are about being trapped in a haunted house. But the six minute song has an unmistakable creepy wave-synth sound. A lesser known version was covered by the Swedish glam rock band Lush on their 1990 album Gala.
ABBA’s songs are full of misery and alienation. They also reflect a very nihilistic sense of extinction. With every record, the group grew more twisted and eerie. That’s why ABBA’s lesser-known songs can be so compelling. Although they’re not as famous as the group’s hits, they continue to reinvigorate ABBA’s mastery of high-caliber pop. Listen to the ABBA song “Hey, Hey Helen” and other eerie and memorable songs at Wynk Music. You can also download the MP3 songs from the site and listen to them offline.