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ABBA Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Updated on May 4, 2016


Left to right Frida,Bjorn,Benny,Agnetha
Left to right Frida,Bjorn,Benny,Agnetha

The Swedish pop group ABBA has been given the honors of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Along with the Stooges, Genesis, The Hollies and Jimmy Buffet. Some people grumbled and wondered why ABBA? ABBA’s music and song writing inspired a Broadway musical that inspired a movie enough said. Anni Frid Prinzessin and Benny Anderson(ex husband and wife) were present to accept the awards. There were hopes for an ABBA reunion but once again it was for naught. When first approached about a reunion in 2000 they decline a 1 billion US dollar deal that would consist of 100 concert reunion tour. In 2008 they did all appear at the premiere of Mamma Mia the movie in Stockholm Sweden. When asked again if there will ever be a reunion Bjorn Ulvaeous replied no, that they wanted to be remembered as they were in their heyday. Gotta respect that to know this group is about the music not about the money.

 ABBA the Beginning

ABBA was created using the first letters of the band member’s names which are Anni Frid Lyngstad, Benny Anderson, Bjorn Ulvaeous, and Agnetha Falkstrom. They were originally calling themselves Benny, Bjorn, Agnetha and Anni. Benny and Bjorn were already a group and then in spring of 1969 they met the two girls who not only would be their wives but the other part of ABBA. When entering the Eurovision contest once again in 1974 (they entered previous year and got third) they changed their name to ABBA and won with their song contest hit Waterloo and thus ABBA was born. They broke up in 1981 due to with fame taking a toll on their relationships ending in rumored bitter divorces. You could tell too in the change of their music especially in Winner takes it all and Under Attack which was on their last Album the Visitors.

ABBA Memories

While I was not really born yet when ABBA was popular it was in 1980 near their end of their career we some how had gotten one of their Albums by mistake. It was their 1980 Album Super Trouper. Being half Swedish and finding out they were from Sweden they were someone I could related to. I grew up on strong Swedish traditions as well from my Mothers side so I latched on to them. Being biracial and from two cultures I often wondered where I belonged for there was no one really around like me. I had the pale skin yet I had this curly kinky hair. Why did I not look like my other siblings? Growing up with my Mother only and her strong Swedish heritage and being in taught the old Swedish prayers and saying it before dinner every night, as well as being St. Lucia Fest every Christmas I leaned more toward my Swedish side. I came though to realize I was neither black nor white I was me. ABBA’s music some how got me through that tough time. Music has no color, music is universal no matter where you come from. Swedish blood is strong in me too though for if I listen to a song from an unknown artist to me at least, and I like them, well later I find out oh they are from Sweden or some Scandinavian place. We all go of course no wonder I like them. I have practically adored every Swedish/Scandinavian group that’s crossed over to the US charts. I remember listening to ABBA on the stereo record player with the head phones on and staring at the album cover listening and singing along. I was hooked and I thought Agnetha was beautiful. Then my mother would kindly tell me to shut up for I was singing too loudly and probably off key. ABBA got a bit of a revival in the 1990’s with movie like Muriel’s Wedding and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. This started an ABBA revival as I then discovered ABBA’s long music history and bought all their albums on cassette (had not upgraded to CD’s yet) and listened to them endlessly and once again loving their music still.

So I say ABBA thank you for the music!



WATERLOO-1974 (Eurovision winner song)

ABBA-ABBA-1975 (I was born)

ABBA-The ALBUM- 1977



SUPER TROUPER- 1980 (I discover ABBA at age 5)

VISITORS -1981 (Last Album)

Winner Takes it all (From Super Trouper Album)


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    • profile image

      Liz Skipper 

      17 months ago

      I'm delighted that I wandered onto your site. ABBA is my absolute favorite group; without knowing why, I can relate to their style, lyrics, et al.

      You've done a marvelous job of showcasing them, and I thank you for it!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Dynamic thank you!!! I have always wanted to share how much ABBA means to me and helped me. I now got to.

      Blessing to you.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 

      9 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      JannyC, this is a great expose of ABBA and your kinship to them. I love, LOVE ABBA. As a matter of fact, it is their music why Mama Mia is my favourite musical.

      Their music is so upbeat, and happy. I have to sing along and tap to the beat whenever I hear one of their songs. They deserve the recognition.

      Thanks for sharing about your heritage. You are a BEAUTIFUL soul and person. You are indeed uniquely you.

      Thanks for sharing. I always enjoy your posts. Rated UP.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      World- Traveler thank you! I tried my best to give readers some ABBA background. You are very right too and rightly so they got in the Rock and Roll hall of fame.

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      9 years ago from USA

      ABBA is a great musical group. I enjoy listening to them while I am typing online. You have provided readers with a very nice portrait of ABBA. I seen their music played while I was in Thailand, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico and South Korea. ABBA is popular worldwide. Thanks!

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you tony. I think ABBA is a group that you can not dislike though to some it maybe thought of as uncool but they Hall of rockers now so people are now proud to say they love ABBA. Thanks again Tony.

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      9 years ago from san diego calif

      Hi Janny I have always been a hard rock and alt rock guy myself. But I have no problem admitting that I have always enjoyed ABBA and their outstanding pop music. I assembled a list of the greatest musicians of our time that I did in segments and they were in my second segment. Good job here !

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Ghost Whisper! Thank you for your comment. I am honored you visited my little hub. Oh yes everyone used to say they loved my curly hair. I hated it though Lol. I want long straight hair like everyone else.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you Winsome yay another ABBA Lover! Glad you enjoyed.

    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      9 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      I loved ABBA..yup the 80's music is my favorite! I was highschool then...shhhhhhh..don't tell nobody...I keep saying I am 29...

      You are a doll-Swedish Mom huh? Cool. You will have to pull out the Swedish prayers and let us take a peek. You are so lucky to have curly hair!! I would die for your hair!!!!

      Dancing Queen!!! I could not remember the song I loved so much from Abba!! Good Hub--I had fun reading it--memories and also getting to know you a bit more! ;)

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      9 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      My favorite palindrome of all time! I used to exercise by dancing and jumping all around the house when I was younger to the great sound and beat of ABBA. Their ABBA Gold CD is solid gold wonderful. Thanks for the feature Janny.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you daisyjae. ABBA rocks!

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      9 years ago from Canada

      Great hub, I love ABBA.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you Aaron glad you enjoyed.

      @Mike aww that is so touching thank you for sharing.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      9 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      My brother was an ABBA fan, and when he passed away I inherited his music collection. I was always familiar with them, but listening to their stuff made me start to realize why he liked them so much. They are worthy of their Hall of Fame induction.

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      9 years ago

      Nice hub. It is always enjoyable to read about a music group as well as listening thier songs, especially if it is an old one. Enjoy.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks Wolfpack. Viva ABBA! I just created my own Abba mix too for my ipod. Lo

    • wolfpack5 profile image


      9 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great hub my friend, ABBA is awesome and one of my fav bands of all time. :)

      Have a great day.....

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Me too! I love them as you can tell. Thank Pamela for stopping by.

    • JannyC profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thank you Tom. I am glad you like it. Thank you for commenting.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I think ABBA belongs in the hall of fame. They are certainly as good as many already there. Good hub.

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      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      ABBA had some great stuff. Glad to see them in the HOF. Cool hub! :)


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