Friday 21 September 2018

Thank you for the music – Abba’s greatest hits

The Swedish band said recording new songs was ‘an extremely joyful experience’.

Swedish pop group Abba have release their first new songs since splitting in 1983 (PA)
Swedish pop group Abba have release their first new songs since splitting in 1983 (PA)

By Keiran Southern, Press Association Los Angeles Correspondent

Abba have recorded some new music for the first time since they split in 1983.

The Swedish four-piece broke the news on Instagram, describing the recording process as “an extremely joyful experience”.

One of the new songs, called I Still Have Faith In You, will feature in a TV special to air in December, the statement said.

The band have sold hundreds of millions of copies of their songs worldwide.

Here is a selection of their greatest hits:

Waterloo – Won Abba the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974, and reached number one in the UK charts.

Mamma Mia – The opening track on the group’s third album, the self-titled Abba, was released in 1975, and became the title of both the hit musical and the 2008 film based on the band’s music.

Money, Money, Money – A follow-up to Mamma Mia in 1976, it also features in the film, sung by Meryl Streep.

Dancing Queen – A worldwide hit in 1976, topping the charts in several countries, including the UK and United States, where it remains the band’s only number one.

Fernando – Also released in 1976, it became one of Abba’s best-selling singles of all time, with six million copies sold in its year of release alone.

Knowing Me, Knowing You – Released in 1977, the well-known music video shows the band against different coloured backdrops singing to each other before turning away as a new line is sung.

Take a Chance On Me –  Released in January 1978 as the second single from their fifth studio album, Abba: The Album, it reached the top slot in the UK singles charts.

The Winner Takes It All  – Released as the first single from the group’s Super Trouper album in 1980, it was yet another UK number one.

 

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