Even today the music of ABBA lives on. Even Lady Gaga was influenced in her song Alejandro by these pop legends.
From Eurovision Winners to Global Pop Phenomenon
ABBA has entered into the pantheon of great recording artists and groups whose music is enduring across generations. Their greatest hits albums continue to sell extremely well today and younger generations are familiar with their big hits.
Part of what propelled ABBA to success was their winning of Eurovision with their song “Waterloo” (think American Idol 70s and European style). With their big win they started touring Europe and their popularity grew. They also visited the US and were on the Mike Douglas show.
The key to ABBA’s international success came when they released a greatest hits album. It helped to grow their popularity in the UK and lead to a growing popularity in the US market. At times in Australia their distributor, RCA records had a hard time keeping up with demand.
ABBA has pleased fans around the world and we are dedicating this site to all things ABBA – there is much more to learn! Enjoy reading about the best of ABBA!
Abba’s Impact on the Recording Industry
The Swedish pop music group’s discography, ABBA consists of 1 live album, 8 studio albums, 7 compilation albums, 4 video albums, 3 box sets, 73 singles, and 31 music videos. They rose to fame during the 70s music era and their songs have not only only oldies music staples — they are pop classics.
Many of the band members also did several solo albums. Also many albums have been re-released and re-mastered. Their discography can also be found on Apple’s iTunes and Amazon’s Music store.
ABBA’s biggest hit single songs are “Dancing Queen” and “Fernando”, with Arrival being their biggest popular studio album worldwide.
The Legacy of ABBA
In April 2006, Universal Music Group acknowledged that the group’s recordings have sold an estimated 370 Million units internationally – a truly amazing number. In 1992 the compilation album ABBA Gold was released which has become one of the most popular albums globally, selling over 28 million copies. ABBA has been very successful in Australia where they continue to be hugely popular.
ABBA lead singers Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (known as Frida). Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus provided instrumentation and backup vocals.
In April 1975, ABBA had a growing international popularity in countries like Canada, the U.K. and Germany. Then “The Best of ABBA” album was released which is a collection of greatest album hits. It was released late 1975 in Australia as well as New Zealand. The album immediately hit the top of the charts in both countries. It also obtained Platinum certification in New Zealand.
In Australia, it spent sixteen weeks at top at the charts whereas in New Zealand the album was eight weeks at the top of the charts. “The Best of ABBA” was one of the biggest selling record albums in Australian history selling millions of copies. At one point, RCA records Australia could not keep up with the demand for the album.
Best of ABBA was re-released in 1988 on disc and CD, but was only accessible for a short time. Today it can be found on iTunes and Amazon.
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