Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A is for ABBA



Sweden has produced a steady stream of pop music stars in recent years, with the likes of Robyn, Tove Lo, Icona Pop and the supergroup Swedish House Mafia all managing to attain international recognition. But their success would pale in comparison to that of ABBA, who are regarded as one of the best-selling music groups of all time.

The group is comprised of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad, each member lending the first letter of their first name to form the acronym, ABBA. They rose to prominence in the 1970s, after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for their song, Waterloo. They would go on to sell more than 380 million singles and albums worldwide.

In 1999, their music was adapted into a Broadway musical called Mamma Mia!, which was in turn adapted into a 2008 film of the same name starring Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and others. Both adaptations featured their hit single, Dancing Queen, which is often considered their signature song.


27 comments:

  1. My favorite Swedish pop act is Ace of Base. Waiting for the musical!

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    1. I am an Ace of Base fan too! Yeah, a musical would be totally awesome, but I think we got the next best thing with The Sign being sung several times in the movie, Pitch Perfect.

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  2. I love ABBA. Mamma Mia is one of those shows that just makes you want to belt it out. Awesome A!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. Glad you enjoy their music as well. :)

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  3. Hi, thanks for sharing about ABBA--- love Mamma mia...
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    1. You're welcome, Aparna. Many thanks for visiting. :)

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  4. I bonded with my (now) husband over ABBA music. I think it's that sort of music people either love or hate. I'm firmly in the love camp! :-)

    Cait @ Click's Clan

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    1. Glad to hear it, Cait. And thanks for visiting. :)

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  5. Cool post. I like ABBA well enough, but loved Ace of Base. However, you got it right. They did it first and made all the rest possible.

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    1. Thanks, Toinette. I love Ace of Base too, and I must confess, I was rather torn between the two while making my choice for the letter A. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  6. My sisters played ABBA all the time. Who am I kidding, so do I. :)

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    1. LOL. I know what you mean, David. It's funny how your significant other can make stuff like their favorite music grow on you.

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  7. I admit I am not a fan, but my wife loves them.

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    1. LOL. No shame in that, Alex. They sorta grew on me over the years to say the truth. :)

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  8. My sister and I made our own dances and did lip sync to them as kids. I still love their sound.

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    1. Sounds like you two had a lot of fun growing up, Dolorah. Glad to hear it, and thanks for visiting. :)

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  9. Amazing ABBA! A music theme this April is just what I was looking for!
    Gonna follow every blog post from now on!
    Mithila @fabulus1710

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