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All About ABBA - Pop Group of the 1970s

Updated on October 30, 2016

I grew up listening to the hit songs of the very successful Swedish Pop Group from Stockholm, Sweden. ABBA's songs were a rage with the teens. Each of their songs had a toe-tapping beat. When you listen to songs sung by ABBA you will find yourself up and on the dance floor.

ABBA's music is full of life. Their lyrics reached out to you and made you a part of their song. The costumes worn by them on stage were a one of a kind and unique. They were very popular, and the very best of a Pop group in the 1970's.

ABBA - The Swedish Pop Group

ABBA Swedish Pop Group
ABBA Swedish Pop Group

ABBA - Members of the group

The ABBA group was formed in 1972 in Stockholm by -

Agnetha Faltskog

Bjorn Ulvaeus

Benny Anderson

Anni-Frid Lyngstad

ABBA is an acronym of the first letter of the names of the band members.

Ring Ring

"Ring Ring" was the song which became a huge success all over Europe. The lyrics were written by Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus along with their group manager Stig Andersson. It was translated into English for European countries and recorded separately.

The song "Ring Ring" became the number one hit in Swedish charts.

Success Story - Their first hit single

"People Need Love" was their first hit single. It climbed to number seventeen in the Swedish album charts and the singles chart. This song was very popular.

In the United States it ranked 114 in the Cashbox Singles Chart and 117 on the Record World Single's Chart.

This song was released by Playboy Records.

ABBA started recording their first album together in 1972

People Need Love - Live Performance by ABBA

Eurovision Contest Victory

ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest on April 6th, 1974, after having lost three times in a row. After this win ABBA went on a world tour and performed their hit songs.

The song "Waterloo" became the number one hit single in UK and Germany. In the US, it climbed all the way up to number six in Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. After the song Waterloo", "Honey, Honey" became a huge hit in the US.

Tour through Europe

In November 1973 ABBA embarked on their first tour through Europe. This tour did not do so well, as they had to cancel shows due to lack of audience. In 1975 ABBA released the studio album titled "ABBA". It became a big hit and the song "SOS" topped the UK charts. This song also became chart toppers in Germany and Australia.

In the United States "SOS" went on to become Number 10 on the Record World Top 100 singles chart and Number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

ABBA became popular in Australia after the music videos of the songs "Mama Mia" and "I Do, I Do, I Do" were telecast on TV.

Hit Albums of ABBA

Between 1976 - 1981 ABBA reached the pinnacle of success. In March 1976 ABBA released an album titled "Greatest Hits". This album became number one album in the UK. This album sold more than one million copies in the United States. This took the album to the Top 50 on the US Album Charts.

Germany released a compilation of ABBA songs titled the "The Very Best of ABBA" and later on, another compilation titled "Greatest Hits" were released. Both these albums topped the charts in Germany.

The "Very Best of ABBA" included the song "Fernando". This song became the number one hit song in thirteen countries. This single sold over 10 million copies across the world.

The group went on to release another studio album "Arrival" which was a hit in Australia and Europe. The songs "Money, Money, Money", "Knowing me, Knowing You" from this album became a great hit in Germany, UK and Australia.

ABBA - The Movie

In January 1977 ABBA toured Australia. After this, they went on a tour to western Europe. They had great success in both the tours.

"ABBA-The Movie" was released, after the tours were completed. This movie was the live recording of one of the musical performances of the group in Royal Albert Hall.

Their Last Performance

ABBA had many successful stage performances and album releases before the group broke up. Their last performance was on 11 December 1982 on a British TV Program "The Late Late Breakfast Show".

The songs are a big hit and is played all over the world, even today.

References

article.latimes.com

rollingstones.com

thehindu.com

abbasite.com

Fernando by ABBA

Have you listened to ABBA? If so, which one is your favorite song?

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      @Charito1962: Charito1962 thank you, it is a great song and one of my favorites.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      My favorite ABBA hits are "Dancing Queen" and "Fernando".

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      @VictorVoice: That is a great song!

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      ABBA churned out great hits!! Honey Honey is my favorite too!!

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      VictorVoice 3 years ago

      The Winner Takes It All

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      @DLeighAlexander: DLeighAlexander that song was my favorite too!

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      DLeighAlexander 3 years ago

      Loved listening to ABBA! Honey, Honey was one of my favorite songs they sang.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      @anonymous: Thank you for the POP Culture Feature. I just saw this today.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

      @tazzytamar: anna-hofman-98 yes ABBA was a great group and still my favorite.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Ah I loved ABBA! One of my first albums ever when I was 8 years old was their greatest hit and I listened to it ALL THE TIME - thanks for reminding me of them

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @rob-hemphill: Yes, they were awesome! thank you for your visit.

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      Rob Hemphill 4 years ago from Ireland

      What a great group they were. I remember buying most of their albums and still enjoy hearing their music today.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      Thank you TheKatsMeow for stopping by, yes ABBA is a great band. Thank you for the squid like too.

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      Katie Hazel 4 years ago

      The first time I heard ABBA was when I saw Mama Mia, I remember thinking how catchy the songs were and wanted to hear more. They're a great band and this is definitely a good choice for the pop culture club.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @aesta1: aesta1 thank you for stopping by. ABBA songs are evergreen and played even today!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I listened to ABBA but I have not really followed their personal lives so this is interesting.

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @Cynthia Haltom: chaltom thank you for stopping by, their songs are evergreen!

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      Nithya Venkat aka Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

      @anonymous: Tipi thank you for stopping by and sharing your view. Much appreciated. I too was heart broken when they broke up.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've loved ABBA from the first moment I heard them and still enjoy them. It was a sad day when the group broke up but failed marriages and remarriage by one of the ladies seemed to be the final blow. I wasn't aware that many of the songs were about the difficulties they were having as couples at the time and they sure came from the heart in songs like Knowing Me, Knowing You. My favorites are I Have a Dream, Fernando, Dancing Queen and Chiquitita. Chiquitita earnings were donated to UNICEF for all time at a benefit concert in the late 70's. Congratulations on your Pop Culture feature!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Yes, I listened to ABBA, Its been a while since that time.

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