ABBA are one of the greatest pop outfits in history. Their blend of lush orchestrations and light, bouncy europop was both unique and commercially appealing, taking much of the world by storm.
The band name was an member-centric acronym – Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
Their meteoric rise was sparked by their famed Eurovision performance of original song “Waterloo”, which would go on to win the 1974 competition for Sweden.
In the eight years that followed, the group would achieve legendary success, achieving eight consecutive number-one albums in the UK. Their success in the US was milder, though they still had 20 songs place on the Billboard 100 in their brief 8-year tenure.
Their later years were marred by personal issues – the group, built on the back of two relationships, strained under two subsequent divorce proceedings. Their last studio album, The Visitors, explored darker issues through bleak and intensely personal lyricism. The group dissipated the following year.
Beyond their hit singles, ABBA have been immortalised in the ultra-successful broadway musical and subsequent film Mamma Mia.