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ABBA are a Swedish pop group formed in 1972 in Stockholm and active as recording and performance artists until 1982. The group's name is an acronym of the four members' first names: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

The group first became famous outside their native Sweden after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with the song Waterloo. Although success did not come immediately after their first Europe-wide hit, ABBA went on to become one of the most successful pop groups of the 1970s and of all time, achieving success on a global scale which had not been seen since The Beatles.

Significant dates

  • 06 April 1974: ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest in Brighton with Waterloo.
  • 11 April 1974: TOTP debut.
  • 16 April 1974: Waterloo is the highest new entry at no. 17.
  • 30 April 1974: Waterloo announced as the UK's new no.1, replacing Terry Jacks' Seasons in the Sun.

Discography

UK albums & singles only

Year Song Peak pos. Album
1974 Waterloo 01 Waterloo (1974)
Ring Ring 32 Ring Ring (1973) [1]
1975 I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do 38 ABBA (1975)
SOS 06
Mamma Mia 01
1976 Fernando 01 Greatest Hits (1975) [2]
Dancing Queen 01 Arrival (1976)
Money Money Money 03
1977 Knowing Me Knowing You 01
The Name of the Game 01 The Album (1977)
1978 Take A Chance On Me 01
Summer Night City 05 Greatest Hits Vol.2 (1979) [3]
1979 Chiquitita 02 Voulez-Vous (1979)
Does Your Mother Know 04
Angeleyes/Voulez-Vous 03
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!.. 03
I Have A Dream 02
1980 The Winner Takes It All 01 Super Trouper (1980)
Super Trouper 01
1981 Lay All Your Love On Me 07
One of Us 03 The Visitors (1982)
1982 Head Over Heels 25
The Day Before You Came 32
Under Attack 26
1983 Thank You For the Music 33 The Album (1977)
1992 Dancing Queen (1992 re-issue) 16 Arrival (1976)

Selected compilation albums (UK):

  • The Singles - The First Ten Years (1982)
  • Thank You For The Music - A Collection of Love Songs (1983)
  • Gold: Greatest Hits (1992)
  • More ABBA Gold (1993)
  • The Definitive Collection (2001)

Notes

  1. released in the UK in 1992
  2. also includes all the above
  3. includes hits from Dancing Queen to Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (except Voulez Vous).

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