ABBA has delivered some of the greatest pop music of all time.
The Swedish ensemble — comprised of Agnetha Fältskog, 71, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Benny Andersson, 74, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 75 — are renowned for their chart-topping success in the 70s and 80s. Now, fans will be delighted to know they are flirting with a potential comeback.
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Because ABBA has teased they have new music in the works, 9Honey caught up with the Wilkins boys, Richard and his son Christian, to talk all things ABBA.
“ABBA has written some of the most commercial pop songs of all time, brilliantly constructed, they are catchy, the chord progressions, the musicianship and production were all fantastic,” Richard tells 9Honey of the iconic band.
“One needs to bear in mind that English was not their first language, the lyrics were kept quite simple.”
With that in mind, let’s find out where the boys ranked their top ABBA songs. The verdict is in!
ABBA didn’t earn the title of one of the best-selling music acts of all time for no reason. There’s an impressive repertoire of songs to choose from, but Richard and Christian landed on a top four.
“My number one is ‘The Winner Takes It All’ because it really does. It’s one of the most brilliantly constructed songs of all time. An amazing vocal. It’s hard to go past that,” Richard says.
This was closely followed by ‘Thank You For The Music’. Richard says, “The title says it all. Again, it’s a perfect pop song.”
Moving into third place was none other than ‘Dancing Queen’.
“It’s impossible to go past, everyone has covered it. It’s the go-to song at every dance party,” Richard says.
And closing out the gold standard of ABBA tracks was ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ — “Covered by Cher, say no more,” Christian says.
“Are they the top of the list? No. Are they pretty close? Damn right,” Richard says of the tracks that fell into our ‘fighting chance’ category.
ABBA shot to fame when they released their song ‘Waterloo’ in 1974. “It’s the song that started it all,” Richard says.
Next on the list was the 1976 track ‘Fernando’.
‘He was awesome in the air tonight, his hair looked nice, Fernando’. The lyrics led to an unlikely 70s chart-topper about two war veterans reflecting on the Mexican revolution of 1910.
Other special mentions go to ‘Knowing Me Knowing You’ and ‘Chiquitita’. Of the latter. Richard says, “It’s based on a Peruvian folk song, I’m not sure who Chiquitita was but we all fell in love with her.”
Some other notable tracks that made the cut were ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Money Money Money’.
Take it or leave it
There were a couple of songs that didn’t shake us to the core, but they still have their place in the ABBA catalogue.
First up was ‘Take a Chance On Me’. Richard says, “It’s the unusual a capella intro, British number one, he’d hummed it to himself while he was running.”
Closing out the list of songs that didn’t overly inspire was ‘Does Your Mother Know’, ‘Voluez-Vous’ and ‘Name of the Game’.
It’s difficult to think of an ABBA song that belongs in this category, but Richard had his reasons for ‘SOS’ falling to the bottom.
“‘SOS’ was one of my favourites of all times until Pierce Brosnan butchered it in the Mamma Mia movie,” Richard says.
Let us know what your favourite ABBA songs are!