Many music bands have come and gone, but not that many are what we can call legendary ones. ABBA is certainly such an example, with its famous four members and the beloved hits released during the 70’s and 80’s.
The band is one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping charts worldwide between 1974 and 1982, and reaching countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.
ABBA is an acronym of the initial letters of band members’ first names – Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. This success story began in the spring of 1969, when Björn and Benny met the two women who were to become their fiancées, as well as the other half of ABBA.
Agnetha Fältskog had released her first single in 1967 and was a successful solo singer, while Frida, who was of Norwegian origin but had moved to Sweden at a very early age, had already started her recording career as well.
Agnetha and Björn were married in July 1971, while Benny and Frida didn’t get married until October 1978.
In 1974, the group entered the Melodifestivalen with the song Waterloo, which took them all the way to the Eurovision finals in Brighton, England. The Eurovision Song Contest which took place on April 6th, 1974 turned out to be one of the most famous moments in the band’s history, as Waterloo won over the international jury.
After this moment, the single topped charts all over Europe, even reaching the Top Ten in the US, even though the Contest had no impact there. Their album of the same name also became a massive hit in Sweden. 18 months later, the band got another major worldwide hit with SOS. The song was included on their third album, named ABBA.
The single Mamma Mia of the same album brought the group at the top of the UK charts where it stayed for a total of nine times between 1974 and 1980. Mamma Mia was also the number one song for ten weeks in charts across Australia.
The end and the future
Given that sometimes success can be a tricky thing that can strain a relationship, both couples eventually divorced. Once this happened, the four talented artists realized it was no longer fun for them to work together, and ABBA disbanded in December 1982.
Although the band’s fans might still hope for a final reunion of the band, there’s a chance that this might not happen. On the other hand, it appears that ABBA’s members do have something in mind for the near future, so let’s just hope that their plans will work out fine and that we’ll enjoy some new ABBA music.