ABBA is an iconic Swedish pop music group comprising artists Agnetha Falskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Anderson and Anni Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym formed from the first letter of the first names of each member of the band. The group was formed in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden. Commercially, they are one of the most successful groups in the history of pop music. Their songs topped a lot of global charts in the mid-1970s and early 1980s.
Even though, the ABBA music group come from a non-English speaking origin, their songs went on to become hits in such places as the UK, US, Canada, South Africa, Ireland etc. During their lively days, their popularity became a challenge which affected their marriage lives. ABBA disintegrated in 1982. Benny and Ulvaeus continued writing songs for stage. Anni and Agnetha also went their separate ways to pursue solo music careers.
The group later reunited after their record company was purchased in 1989 by Polygram. They teamed up and gave the world another collection of best-selling songs such as ABBA Gold. Their successful rebound regained public interest in the group.
In 2005, the ABBA music group was honored at the 50th Anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2010, the group was honored with one of the greatest honors in the music industry when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Famous Songs by ABBA
- “Andante, Andante”
- “Does Your Mother Know”
- “Happy New Year”
- “Mamma Mia”
- “My Mama Said”
- “Super Trouper”
- “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”
Benny Anderson and Bjorn, first met in 1966, when the latter was a member of the folk group, Hootenanny Singers, and Benny was the keyboardist for The Hep Stars. They composed a couple of songs together, later meeting successful singer, Agnetha and recording artist Anni-Frid in 1969. The group joined forces to record the song People Need Love which became a hit in Sweden. The band represented Sweden at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 and won the competition with their hit song Waterloo. Waterloo topped the charts throughout Europe and even reached the Top 10 in the US after the contest. Bjorn and Agnetha were married from 1971 to 1980, whereas Benny and Anni-Fryd were married from 1978 to 1981.
ABBA’s Rise to Fame
ABBA rose to more fame with the release of their self-titled ABBA album, which spawned massive hits such as SOS, and Mamma Mia which topped the UK charts 9 different times between 1974 and 1980. Their fourth album, Arrival was released in 1976 with hits including Knowing Me, Knowing You and Money, Money, Money. Throughout their career, the foursome received several awards namely; Vocal Group of the Year in 1981, Silver and Bronze Awards consecutively from 1974 to 1982 at the Bravo Otto Awards, the Rockbjornen Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009, and were named Best Selling Swedish Artists of the Year at the World Music Award in 1993.
The group was successful globally and achieved major success in the United States with 20 of their singles charting on Billboard Hot 100. 10 out of those 20 singles made it among the Top 20 songs, 14 of them made it among the Top 40 songs, while four reached the Top 10 songs. Their songs Take a Chance on Me and Dancing Queen have received gold certifications from the RIAA. Their ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits album placed number one on the Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums chart in August 2008, selling over 6 million copies in the US alone.
ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2010.Their hit song Dancing Queens was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.