Abba* björn + benny + anna + frieda - ring ring / rock'n roll band - List of songs recorded by ABBA - Wikipedia

ABBA 's self-titled third album was the one that really broke the group on a worldwide basis. The Eurovision Song Contest winner "Waterloo" had been a major international hit and "Honey, Honey" a more modest one, but ABBA was still an exotic novelty to most of those outside Scandinavia until the release of ABBA in the spring of 1975. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," a schmaltzy tribute to the sound of '50s orchestra leader Billy Vaughn , seemed an unlikely first single, and indeed it barely scraped into the Top 40 in the . But in Australia, it topped the charts, causing the Australian record company to pull its own second single, "Mamma Mia," off the album. This far more appealing pop/rock number followed its predecessor into the pole position Down Under and also topped the charts throughout Europe. "Bang-A-Boomerang," another big production, was less memorable and had less of an impact, but "." brought ABBA back to big success in the . and the ., pulling along the first two singles. Beyond these tracks, the LP-only songs showed off the group's eclecticism, from the crunchy hard rock guitar riff that propelled "Hey, Hey Helen" to the ambitious instrumental "Intermezzo No. 1," which showed off Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus ' classical leanings and foreshadowed their bigger composing projects of the 1980s. ABBA was a surprisingly effective synthesis of pop and rock styles, surprising because the non-English-speaking world had not produced such effective Anglo-American-style contemporary music before, at least for more than a song or two. (The 2001 reissue of ABBA , first released internationally and finally in the ., contains "Crazy World," a song from the sessions for the album later released as a B-side, and a medley of folk songs first heard on a charity album.)

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The year of 1971 had seen Björn and Benny recording tracks for their second album, although the sessions would have to be squeezed in between other recording commitments. In July 1971 Stig Anderson’s partner in Polar Music, the record producer Bengt Bernhag, died, which led to Benny and Björn’s subsequent employment as house producers at the record company. Meanwhile, the dream to get their music across the Swedish borders lived on. At the time, the international music business did not take Swedish music seriously, which meant that this was a tough task. However, Stig Anderson had an alternate plan: if they could just enter a song in the Eurovision Song Contest, they would bypass the sceptic foreign record companies and be able to reach 500 million viewers directly with a catchy hit. That would be the door-opener they needed, he reasoned. However, so far the team of Andersson/Anderson/Ulvaeus hadn’t even managed to enter the Swedish selection for the contest. For example, ‘Det kan ingen doktor hjälpa’ was a rejected entry for the 1971 contest. In 1972 they were more fortunate: Lena Andersson performed ‘Säg det med en sång’ (“Say It With A Song”), and although it didn’t win the selection, it became a huge hit in Sweden. The trio set their sights on 1973.

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The following is a list of all songs recorded and performed by the Swedish pop group ABBA , alphabetised by the English title of the song.

“[Anni-Frid Lyngstad and I] got divorced, [Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog] got divorced… We still worked - we knew what we had."

The ABBA story began in June 1966 when Björn Ulvaeus (born 1945) met Benny Andersson (born 1946) for the first time. Björn was a member of the Hootenanny Singers, a very popular folk music group, while Benny played keyboards in Sweden’s biggest pop group of the 1960s, The Hep Stars.

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