ABBA, the iconic Swedish pop band, first came together in 1972, consisting of members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Their unique blend of pop, rock, and disco music quickly captured the hearts of audiences worldwide, with hits such as “Dancing Queen”, “Waterloo”, and “Mamma Mia” becoming instant classics.

The band’s name, ABBA, is an acronym for the members’ first names and was originally intended to be a temporary name. However, it proved to be so catchy that they decided to keep it. The band’s signature sound was created by their use of complex harmonies, synthesizers, and catchy hooks, which quickly became the hallmark of their music.

ABBA’s success continued throughout the 1970s, with their popularity skyrocketing after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with “Waterloo”. The band continued to dominate the charts with hit after hit, releasing eight studio albums over the course of their career.

Despite their immense success, tensions within the band eventually led to their breakup in 1982. However, their music continued to resonate with audiences, leading to numerous tribute bands, movies, and even a Broadway musical inspired by their music.

Today, ABBA remains one of the most beloved pop bands of all time, with their music continuing to inspire new generations of fans around the world. Their unique blend of pop, rock, and disco music, combined with their catchy hooks and complex harmonies, has solidified their place in music history and made them a cultural phenomenon that will continue to be celebrated for years to come.

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Born in Jonkoping Sweden on 5 April 1950
Key lead vocal songs – SOS, Chiquitita and The Winner Takes it All

Born in Gothenburg Sweden on 25 April 1945
ABBA’s guitarist/vocalist, song-writer and producer.

Born in Villingby Sweden on 16 December 1946
ABBA’s keyboard player/vocalist, song-writer and producer.

Born in Ballangen Norway on 15 November 1945
Key lead vocal songs – Fernando, Money Money Money and I Have a Dream


ABBA are a Swedish pop band that rose to fame in the 1970s and became one of the most successful and beloved groups of all time. The band’s unique sound and style combined elements of pop, rock, and disco to create a sound that was all their own. ABBA’s music has continued to inspire new generations of fans, and their legacy lives on through numerous tribute bands, movies, and even a Broadway musical.

ABBA’s origins can be traced back to the 1960s, when Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus began playing together in various bands. They eventually formed the group “The Hootenanny Singers” in 1963, which became popular in Sweden and other Nordic countries. Meanwhile, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were pursuing their own musical careers, with Fältskog achieving success as a solo artist and Lyngstad performing in various bands.

In 1972, the four musicians came together to record a song for a Swedish music competition, and they quickly discovered that their voices blended together in a way that was magical. They continued to record together and eventually became known as ABBA, an acronym of the first letters of their first names.

ABBA’s music quickly caught on, both in Sweden and around the world. Their breakout hit was “Waterloo,” which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 and launched the band to international stardom. They followed up with a string of hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “Mamma Mia,” and “Take a Chance on Me.”

One of the hallmarks of ABBA’s music was their unique sound, which blended elements of pop, rock, and disco. They were also known for their use of complex harmonies, synthesizers, and catchy hooks, which made their music instantly recognizable. Their songs often dealt with themes of love, heartbreak, and relationships, and their music was both upbeat and emotional.

Despite their immense success, they stopped working together in 1982. Andersson and Ulvaeus went on to collaborate on various projects, including the musical “Chess,” while Fältskog and Lyngstad pursued their own solo careers.

ABBA’s music continued to resonate with audiences long after their breakup, leading to numerous tribute bands and movies inspired by their music. In 1999, the musical “Mamma Mia!” premiered on Broadway, featuring the music of ABBA and becoming one of the most successful musicals of all time.

In 2018, ABBA announced that they would be reuniting to record new music, much to the delight of their fans. The album ‘ABBA VOYAGE’ was released in 2021, and once again, ABBA proved that their music was timeless and would continue to be celebrated for generations to come.

In 2022 they launched their live digital show ‘ABBA VOYAGE’ in London which features ABBA-TARS to the delight of ABBA fans.

Without doubt ABBA are one of the most iconic and beloved pop bands of all time, with a unique sound and style that has inspired countless musicians and fans around the world. Their music continues to resonate with audiences, and their legacy lives on through the numerous tribute bands, movies, and musicals that have been inspired by their music.

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(according to iTunes downloads)

  1. Dancing Queen
  2. Mamma Mia
  3. Waterloo
  4. Take a Chance On Me
  5. The Winner Takes It All
  6. Thank You For The Music
  7. Gimme Gimme Gimme
  8. SOS
  9. Fernando
  10. Money Money Money
  11. Knowing me Knowing You
  12. Chiquitita
  13. I Have a Dream
  14. Does Your Mother Know
  15. Super Trouper
  16. Honey Honey
  17. Rock Me
  18. Voulez Vous
  19. Lay All Your Love On Me
  20. Ring Ring




  1. Frida is the only non-Swedish member of ABBA – she is Norwegian.
  2. Artists who have requested permission to use samples of ABBA songs include The Fugees (“The Name of the Game” for “Rumble in the Jungle”), Madonna (“Gimme Gimme Gimme” for “Hung Up”)
  3. “ABBA Gold” has occupied every position in the top 75 of the U.K. album chart, while also appearing in the chart every year since the release except for 2002 and 2006. It now jointly holds the title of longest time spent in the album charts (490 weeks in the Top 100) with “Greatest Hits Vol 1” by Queen.
  4. “ABBA Gold” has sold over 28 million copies worldwide. It is Abba’s most successful album and one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. It is the third biggest selling album of all-time in the UK with sales exceeding 4.6 million copies.
  5. Not only were ABBA the most successful Swedish band in pop history, they were the most successful pop act to emerge from a Eurovision Song Contest victory (1974), apart from Céline Dion, who represented Switzerland in 1988
  6. The band only ever toured 3 times in its history. This was mainly to do with them wanting to be the headliner and not the opening act. In fact, they had only played 23 live dates in total before their 1979 tour in support of “Voulez Vous”. That tour was the only time the band toured North America and would also prove to be their last world tour.
  7. As of 2008, more than 30 million fans worldwide have seen the stage production “Mamma Mia!” When adapted for the screen, Mamma Mia! (2008) went on to become the most successful movie in the UK’s box office history, outstripping the record heretofore held by the Harry Potter series.
  8. All four members of the group were the first-born children in their respective families. Anni-Frid Lyngstad was an only child. The other three each had one sister and no brothers.
  9. Were once offered a billion dollars to do a reunion tour
  10. “Dancing Queen” is their only US number single. They scored 9 other top 20 hit singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 between 1974 and 1980.




Released March 1973
Ring Ring
Another Town, Another Train
People Need Love
I Saw It in the Mirror
Nina, Pretty Ballerina
Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
Me and Bobby and Bobby’s Brother
He Is Your Brother
She’s My Kind of Girl
I Am Just a Girl
Rock’n Roll Band

Released March 1974
Sitting in the Palmtree
King Kong Song
Hasta Mañana
My Mama Said
Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)
Honey, Honey
Watch Out
What About Livingstone
Gonna Sing You My Lovesong

Released April 1975
Mamma Mia
Hey, Hey Helen
Tropical Loveland
Man in the Middle
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
Rock Me
Intermezzo No. 1
I’ve Been Waiting for You
So Long

Released October 1976
When I Kissed the Teacher
Dancing Queen
Dum Dum Diddle
My Love, My Life
Money, Money, Money
That’s Me
Why Did It Have to Be Me
Knowing Me, Knowing You
* Fernando

Released December 1977
Take a Chance on Me
One Man, One Woman
The Name of the Game
Move On
Hole in Your Soul
The Girl With the Golden Hair: Three Scenes From a Mini-Musical:
Thank You for the Music
I Wonder (Departure)
I’m a Marionette

Released April 1979
As Good as New
I Have a Dream
Angle Eyes
The King Has Lost His Crown
Does Your Mother Know
If It Wasn’t for the Nights
Lovers (Live a Little Longer)
Kisses of Fire

Released Nov 1980
Super Trouper
The Winner Takes It All
On and on and On
Andante, Andante
Me and I
Happy New Year
Our Last Summer
The Piper
Lay All Your Love on Me
The Way Old Friends Do

Released November 1981
The Visitors
Head over Heels
When All Is Said and Done
I Let the Music Speak
One of Us
Two for the Price of One
Slipping Through My Fingers
Like an Angel Passing Through My Room