ABBA THE SUPER POP GROUP OF THE 1970s AND EARLY 1980s
ABBA was a
Swedish pop supergroup formed in Stockholm in 1972 by four independent
musicians: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid
Lyngstad. The group's name is an acronym of the first letters of their first
names.They became one of the most commercially successful acts in
the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1974 to 1982.
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was ABBA's first number-one single in big markets such as the UK and West
Germany. ABBA released a total of eight albums as a group: Ring Ring (1973),
Waterloo (1974), ABBA (1975), Arrival (1976), The Album (1977), Voulez-Vous
(1979), Super Trouper (1980), and The Visitor (1981).
band's main active years, it was composed of two married couples: Fältskog and
Ulvaeus, and Lyngstad and Andersson. With the increase of their popularity,
their personal lives suffered, which eventually resulted in the collapse of
both marriages. The relationship changes were reflected in the group's music,
with latter compositions featuring darker and more introspective lyrics. After
ABBA disbanded, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the
stage, while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers. Ten years after their
disbanding, a compilation, ABBA Gold was released, which became a worldwide
ABBA's total record sales are over 380 million, making them one of the
best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA were the first group from a
non-English-speaking country to achieve consistent success in the charts of
English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States. They had eight
consecutive number-one albums in the UK.
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was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2015, their song “Dancing
Queen” was inducted into the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame.