They say ABBA songs are like a box of chocolates, each of them delicious to the ears.
ABBA was an emotional journey of music for the band as well as for its millions of fans across the world. The Swedish music group consisting of Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad, is the second best-selling music group ever, with more than 500 million records sold.
Considering their humble origins and how they enraptured the world with their music in the late 70s and early 80s, it is still a tough feat to meet their quality when it comes to music. ABBA swung into popularity by entering the EuroVision Contest in 1974 with their song ‘ Waterloo’. The brand broke up in 1982 and things were never the same again. Nevertheless, the songs continued to be popular and are stil widely watched on Youtube.
- Dancing Queen – This is considered as a signature song of ABBA. It was one of the most successful sings of the 70s. Dancing Queen, which was a part of the album ‘Arrival’ (1975) topped the charts worldwide. In its home country Sweden, the song reigned at the number one song for 14 continuous weeks. Rolling Stone Magazine has called ‘Dancing Queen’ one of the greatest songs of all time.
- The Winner Take it All – This can be termed as the world’s favorite breakup song. It was loosely based on the tumultuous strain on the relationship between Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus, is one of the most go-to heartbreak songs in the world. The melancholic voice of the lead singer Agnetha Faltskog and the fabulous musical arrangement and lyrics made it a winner all the way. The 1980 song was a part of their self-titled album (ABBA). Agnetha Falktskog herself considers this song, her personal favorite.
- Super Trouper – This 1980 song from their studio album ‘Super Trouper’ topped the US Hot Dance Club Play Chart. This is actually the most popular ABBA song in the US. The song was a chartbuster across the whole of Europe.
- Thank You for the Music – This 1977 song is a part of ABBA – The Album had Agnetha Faltskog performing the lead vocals while Anni-Frid Lyngstad was a part of the chorus. The fabulously sung song with a lilting melody is still a hot favorite. It also earned Agnetha Faltskog, the moniker ‘ The Girl with the Golden Hair’.
- I have a Dream – ‘I have a Dream ‘ was a part of the Voulez Vous album (1979) is notable for many reasons. It is the only ABBA song to include vocalists apart from the four band members, the final chorus including a children’s choir from the International School of Stockholm. One of the slowest songs in the ABBA repertoire is now a cult classic, and has consistently featured in various cover songs throughout the years. It is also one of the most inspirational songs in the world.
- Chiquitita – The song was part of the Voulez Vous album (1979) and proved to be one of the biggest hits of their group. it was featured in the ‘Music for UNICEF concert’ in 1979. It reached the numero position in many countries across the Europe. This song does not have a video of its own. What you now is see on Youtube is a TV performance of the song. ABBA is seen performing against a snowman standing in the background, on a mountainside. You can see Frida constantly moving her hair away from her fan, because of the speed of the fan.
- Voulez Vous – Part of the album Voulez Vous (1979), this disco song was the only track to be recorded outside Sweden, in the Bahamas. Though it was not a major hit when it released, it turned into a cult song over the years.
- Fernando – Fernando is one of the earliest songs of ABBA . Released in 1976, it is a part of the album ‘Greatest Hits’. It was the first non-album single and became the biggest selling ABBA song of all-time, 6,500,000 copies in 1976 and 10 million copies over a period of time.
- SOS – SOS, is the third single from the album ABBA (1975). It capitalized on the success of Waterloo, and established their position as a music group to reckon with. With this song, ABBA became to reign the charts in the UK and Ireland, with 18 more hits to follow. SOS with its fabulous vocal and instrumentation is a favorite with many including industy experts like John Lennon of Beatles, who said that it was one of his favorite tracks.
- Happy New Year – This melodious song is a part of ABBA’s album ‘Super Trouper’ (1980). The song reflects a mix of moods – melancholy, romance and optimism. Beautifully sung by Agnetha Faltskog, it is quite a go-to-song for every Ne Year.
Complete list of ABBA songs
Andante, Andante (1980)
Another Town, Another Train (1973)
As Good as New (1979)
Dance (While the Music Still Goes On) (1974)
Does Your Mother Know (1979)
Dum Dum Diddle (1977)
From a Twinklling Star to a Passing Angel (1981)
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) (1979)
Gonna Sing You My Love Song (1974)
Happy Hawaii (1979)
Happy New Year (1980)
Hasta Mañana (1974)
He Is Your Brother (1973)
Head over Heels (1981)
Hey, Hey Helen (1975)
Hole in Your Soul (1977)
Honey, Honey (1974)
I Am Just a Girl (1973)
I Am the City (1982)
I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do (1975)
I Let the Music Speak (1981)
I Saw It in the Mirror (1973)
I Wonder (Departure) (1977)
If It Wasn’t for the Nights (1979)
I’m a Marionette (1977)
Intermezzo No. 1 (1975)
I’ve Been Waiting for You(1975)
King Kong Song (1974)
Kisses of Fire (1979)
Knowing Me, Knowing You (1977)
Lay All Your Love on Me (1980)
Like an Angel Passing Through My Room (1981)
Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough) (1973)
Lovers (Live a Little Longer) (1979)
Man in the Middle (1975)
Me and Bobby and Bobby’s Brother (1973)
Me and I (1980)
Money, Money, Money (1977)
Move On (1977)
My Love, My Life (1977)
My Mama Said (1974)
Nina, Pretty Ballerina (1973)
On and On and On (1980)
One Man, One Woman (1977)
One of Us (1981)
Our Last Summer (180)
People Need Love (1973)
Ring Ring (1973)
Rock Me (1975)
Rock ‘N’ Roll Band (1973)
She’s My Kind of Girl (1973)
Should I Laugh or Cry (1981)
Sitting in the Palmtree (1974)
Slipping Through My Fingers (1981)
So Long (1975)
Summer Night City (1978)
Take a Chance on Me(1977)
That’s Me (1977)
The Day Before You Came (1982)
The King Has Lost His Crown (1979)
The Name of the Game (1980)
The Piper (1980)
The Way Old Friends Do (1980)
Tropical Loveland (1975)
Two For the Price of One (1975)
Under Attack (1982)
What About Livingstone (1974)
When All is Said and Done (1981)
When I Kissed the Teacher (1977)
Why Did It Have to Be Me?(1977)
You Owe Me One (1982)