Sunday, June 12, 2011

The 100 Greatest Bands of all time - #85 Abba

In the early 70s, a quartet came out of Sweden and became one of the most successful acts in the history of popular music. Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad have sold over 375 million records. They produced some of the catchiest pop tunes of the decade. Songs with such lasting appeal that they comprised the soundtrack of an incredibly popular movie musical released almost thirty years after their break up. I used to consider my love of Abba a guilty pleasure, but I don’t feel guilty anymore. Unquestionably, Abba was one of the great bands of our time. Good enough that one of their songs replaced the wedding march when my own wife walked down the aisle at our nuptials fourteen years ago.

Their first big hit.

at Waterloo, Napoleon did surrender. I like this one quite a bit.

This is the song we played at my wedding instead of the Wedding March. Just like in Muriel's Wedding. It was very cool.

The title song of the big musical. It was a very enjoyable movie. Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried were both great in it.

Can you hear the drums, Fernando? A beautiful story of romance and revolution.

One of the classics of the disco era. This is Dancing Queen.

This one was written as the marriages within the band were beginning to crumble. It was a very interesting period for them, lyrically speaking.

and we conclude our look at Abba with my favorite Abba song, Take a Chance on Me. 

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