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Not that I care much about them, but they have announced new music is in the pipeline and we need moar threads on this forum, so...

What are your favourite Abba songs?
What are your least favourites?
What do you know about Abba?
What is your favourite music video?
Do you have any stories to tell related to them?
Can you name the 4 members from memory?
Do you have any other comments?


The poll options are only the songs from their 'Gold (Greatest Hits)' album so it's not overly long.

My favourite would probably be 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)', closely followed by 'Thank You For The Music', 'Voulez-Vous', and a few more, including the two I for some reason could play on piano when I was 10 - 'Money, Money, Money' and 'Dancing Queen'.
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Why isn't there an option "none of the above"? I don't like any of their songs. <_<
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What are your favourite Abba songs?

something like this, roughly ordered

Dancing Queen
Thank You For the Music
The Name of the Game
One of Us
The Winner Takes It All
Another Town, Another Train
Waterloo
Mamma Mia
Take a Chance on Me
Under Attack
Chiquitita
Head Over Heels
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Angeleyes
Fernando


What are your least favourites?

I don't really dislike any of them, but most of the ones sung by the guys are less appealing

What do you know about Abba?

They're Swedish

What is your favourite music video?

Don't really watch a lot of music videos and haven't seen any of theirs in years

Do you have any stories to tell related to them?

Saw ABBA: The Movie on PBS in the late 70s, probably the first concert-type movie I ever saw, that's about it

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Agnetha Fältskog
Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Anni-Frid Lingstad
Dunno if I spelled them right and I'm sure there are some accents/diacretics/etc that I didn't get but you said from memory...

Only other comment I'll make is that IMO Agnetha has one of the 5-10 greatest female pop voices in the last 40-50 years.
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"Fernando" I suppose would be my favorite, though I'm no big fan. Pleasant to listen to though. I only really know their biggest hits ("Dancing Queen", "Fernando", "S.O.S.", "Waterloo", and "Mamma Mia" mostly...maybe I've heard the other songs you listed but the titles don't trigger the tune in my head).
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I find their music terribly annoying in general... but I do have a soft spot for 'Waterloo'. :blush:
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OldAle1 on Apr 27 2018, 09:26:16 AM wrote:What is your favourite music video?

Don't really watch a lot of music videos and haven't seen any of theirs in years
Since now I've naturally been sort of looking back upon their discography, I've seen a bunch of their music videos for the first time today. Nothing too memorable or interesting - it's always just the band members, really - but the curious thing about them for me is all their clothing and costumes. Since the late 70s early 80s are a distant time for me, those retro music videos are at least informative what the celebrity / artist clothing mode was at the time. The men's hairstyles too.

The 'Money, Money, Money' one is pretty cool though.
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Looks like Lasse Hallstrom directed all of their videos, no wonder they're not very interesting, haha. Though they were pretty much all made well before MTV, which of course popularized the music video form and got artists to think more about making interesting videos to promote the music.
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GruesomeTwosome on Apr 27 2018, 10:35:25 AM wrote:Looks like Lasse Hallstrom directed all of their videos, no wonder they're not very interesting, haha. Though they were pretty much all made well before MTV, which of course popularized the music video form and got artists to think more about making interesting videos to promote the music.
Yeah there's a huge difference generally between "music videos" pre- and post-1981. There's certainly some creative pre-MTV stuff out there but the idea of a video selling a song was pretty marginal, and most of what you see is just concert or studio recording footage.
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I had 2 songs on my 555 list. Eagle and Summer Nights City. None of them are on your list :'(

Otherwise, it's between Voulez Vous and A Man After Midnight and I'll vote for the latter.
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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
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OldAle1 on Apr 27 2018, 10:47:47 AM wrote:
GruesomeTwosome on Apr 27 2018, 10:35:25 AM wrote:Looks like Lasse Hallstrom directed all of their videos, no wonder they're not very interesting, haha. Though they were pretty much all made well before MTV, which of course popularized the music video form and got artists to think more about making interesting videos to promote the music.
Yeah there's a huge difference generally between "music videos" pre- and post-1981. There's certainly some creative pre-MTV stuff out there but the idea of a video selling a song was pretty marginal, and most of what you see is just concert or studio recording footage.
Yeah, and I'm guessing the term "music video" wasn't even in the popular lexicon pre-MTV.
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Also like Fernando, Waterloo and Mamma Mia. Haven't listened to a ton of their stuff but they seem like a band I would like.
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Armoreska on Apr 27 2018, 11:02:30 AM wrote:I had 2 songs on my 555 list. Eagle and Summer Nights City. None of them are on your list :'(

Otherwise, it's between Voulez Vous and A Man After Midnight and I'll vote for the latter.
I considered poasting all their songs, but the length would probably be a deterrent for participation. Maybe a mod can add your choices and delete the "Gold" bit.

The 'Summer Night City' music video is quite nice too.
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jokerswild1 is dead on Apr 27 2018, 11:11:35 AM wrote:Also like Fernando, Waterloo and Mamma Mia. Haven't listened to a ton of their stuff but they seem like a band I would like.
I got heavy exposure to them when I was in Germany in July, 1982 - "One of Us" was a gigantic #1 hit and we heard it incessantly on the bus, and most of the German kids our ages (16-17) were fans. Not that I think you had to be there or anything but in my case it was exposure at the right moment, and I've been something of a fan ever since, though only enough so as to own the 4-disc Thank You For the Music box set. Wouldn't mind getting some of Agnetha's solo stuff but a lot of it is OP and expensive.
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sol on Apr 27 2018, 09:55:30 AM wrote:I find their music terribly annoying in general... but I do have a soft spot for 'Waterloo'. :blush:
I second that, though I wouldn't call it a soft spot.

When I was about 10 I was listening to the band called A Teens, they were swedish teenagers who were covering abba songs. I had their poster from bravo, saved up money to buy their album, ugh. I didn't know any better and I don't wanna come back to those times ever again, so no abba for me.

Sometimes I wonder what is abba like outside of the golden hits zone... but naaah.
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What are your favourite Abba songs? - none
What are your least favourites? - all of them
What do you know about Abba? - they're Scandinavian and there's a shitty musical (movie)
What is your favourite music video? - I only cope muted while watching away from the screen
Do you have any stories to tell related to them? - I once watched that dumb musical (movie) ... bad memories
Can you name the 4 members from memory? A-something, B-something, B-someting and A-something
Do you have any other comments? can we do the Beatles next?
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I think my favorite ABBA song may be a bit of an outlier, the sad "The Day Before You Came." Being a child in the seventies in Scandinavia ABBA was everywhere. And I mean everywhere! You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing their latest hit. I've always liked them. Of course they had a revival in the early nineties when all those seventies kids hit college age.

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Pretty sure one of them' Bjorn and another Anna, maybe Agneszka also but that sounds Polish,,,
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My favorite is not listed. <_<



ABBA is my favorite pop group ever. I absolutely adore "Dancing Queen", "Fernando" and "One of Us" for example. ABBA 4evah! :worship:
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Knaldskalle on Apr 27 2018, 12:42:32 PM wrote:I think my favorite ABBA song may be a bit of an outlier, the sad "The Day Before You Came." Being a child in the seventies in Scandinavia ABBA was everywhere. And I mean everywhere! You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing their latest hit. I've always liked them. Of course they had a revival in the early nineties when all those seventies kids hit college age.

I think I'd pick this one as well as my favorite. No matter what you think of them ABBA is surely a legendary phenomenon. But unlike a lot of the modern pop there's a solid reason for their popularity, there's obvious talent and quality.

btw, those who are not into their "hits" should check out some of their early albums, in particular The Visitors:



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Knowing Me, Knowing You :whistling: but frankly I dont listen to them, they are mainstream way too much.
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Mario Gaborović on May 4 2018, 06:38:08 AM wrote:Knowing Me, Knowing You :whistling: but frankly I dont listen to them, they are mainstream way too much.
Well, I don't have a problem with "mainstream" if it's quality, which is the case here, I have a problem with "mainstream" when it's crap :) As you know I'm more into prog rock, but I've no problem with ABBA at all, I do like most of their songs, some are certainly way too "cheesy" though.
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bal3x on May 4 2018, 06:41:32 AM wrote:
Mario Gaborović on May 4 2018, 06:38:08 AM wrote:Knowing Me, Knowing You :whistling: but frankly I dont listen to them, they are mainstream way too much.
Well, I don't have a problem with "mainstream" if it's quality, which is the case here, I have a problem with "mainstream" when it's crap :) As you know I'm more into prog rock, but I've no problem with ABBA at all, I do like most of their songs, some are certainly way too "cheesy" though.
I give them credit for not being annoying too much, the girls were hot and good singers and the guys were likable as well. My stand when it comes to their enormous popularity is that they sang in understandable English, something in the middle of the road between Tarzan one and academical level. Anyone could dig it.

Although their music videos were simply retarded. It's always their crybaby blue faces looking straight to the camera, then sidewards back / forth.
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Yeah, the music videos pretty much suck, then again a lot of the 70s and 80s stuff looks very dated and ridiculous these days... with a few exceptions (e.g. a-ha as one such exception).
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bal3x on May 4 2018, 04:50:46 PM wrote:Yeah, the music videos pretty much suck, then again a lot of the 70s and 80s stuff looks very dated and ridiculous these days... with a few exceptions (e.g. a-ha as one such exception).
I agree for the 70s, but boy are you terribly wrong for the 80s. Can't disagree more. -_-
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Mario Gaborović on May 4 2018, 05:06:04 PM wrote:
bal3x on May 4 2018, 04:50:46 PM wrote:Yeah, the music videos pretty much suck, then again a lot of the 70s and 80s stuff looks very dated and ridiculous these days... with a few exceptions (e.g. a-ha as one such exception).
I agree for the 70s, but boy are you terribly wrong for the 80s. Can't disagree more. -_-
:blink: I thought you were the one ridiculing 80s videos on the other (was that the italo disco one?) thread :D
Some of the 80s vids I wish I never saw really, the music was much better without the videos..
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bal3x on May 4 2018, 05:24:43 PM wrote:
Mario Gaborović on May 4 2018, 05:06:04 PM wrote:
bal3x on May 4 2018, 04:50:46 PM wrote:Yeah, the music videos pretty much suck, then again a lot of the 70s and 80s stuff looks very dated and ridiculous these days... with a few exceptions (e.g. a-ha as one such exception).
I agree for the 70s, but boy are you terribly wrong for the 80s. Can't disagree more. -_-
:blink: I thought you were the one ridiculing 80s videos on the other (was that the italo disco one?) thread :D
Some of the 80s vids I wish I never saw really, the music was much better without the videos..
No actually that "bad" music from the 80s gives me pure enjoyment, though for different reasons. The way I cherish "good" stuff like Joy Division, Yazoo, Depeche Mode, Romeo Void or Dead Kennedys is not the same thing as enjoyment found with Dancing on the Ceiling... or Bucks Fizz for that matter. :lol:

ABBA is top class for what it is, for who their audience are, what they aimed to. I also appreciate that they tried to make songs that stand out from their conventional pop oeuvre, such as Voulez vous.
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Take A Chance On Me is my favorite. I like most of their songs that I've heard of. I got the Gold album at a used record shop 4-5 years ago, but I don't know their other songs.
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Mario Gaborović on May 4 2018, 05:37:29 PM wrote:
bal3x on May 4 2018, 05:24:43 PM wrote:
Mario Gaborović on May 4 2018, 05:06:04 PM wrote:I agree for the 70s, but boy are you terribly wrong for the 80s. Can't disagree more. -_-
:blink: I thought you were the one ridiculing 80s videos on the other (was that the italo disco one?) thread :D
Some of the 80s vids I wish I never saw really, the music was much better without the videos..
No actually that "bad" music from the 80s gives me pure enjoyment, though for different reasons. The way I cherish "good" stuff like Joy Division, Yazoo, Depeche Mode, Romeo Void or Dead Kennedys is not the same thing as enjoyment found with Dancing on the Ceiling... or Bucks Fizz for that matter. :lol:

ABBA is top class for what it is, for who their audience are, what they aimed to. I also appreciate that they tried to make songs that stand out from their conventional pop oeuvre, such as Voulez vous.
Fair enough :) I was only talking about pop music, obviously in other genres there was better quality as well in terms of not just music itself, but also music videos, which for the most part is also related the themes handled (e.g. socio-political commentary) as opposed to pop which is usually very primitive.
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Knaldskalle on Apr 27 2018, 12:42:32 PM wrote:I think my favorite ABBA song may be a bit of an outlier, the sad "The Day Before You Came." Being a child in the seventies in Scandinavia ABBA was everywhere. And I mean everywhere! You couldn't turn on the radio without hearing their latest hit. I've always liked them. Of course they had a revival in the early nineties when all those seventies kids hit college age.

I prefer Blancmange's cover (heard it first).

My favourite ABBA songs, loosely ranked:

1. Mamma Mia!
2. Waterloo
3. Honey Honey
4. Ring, Ring
5. If It Wasn't For the Nights
6. Take a Chance on Me
7. SOS
8. Nina, Pretty Ballerina
9. Dancing Queen
10. The Winner Takes It All
11. Dum Dum Diddle
12. Tiger
13. Fernando
14. Super Trouper
15. Bang-A-Boomerang
16. That's Me
17. Knowing Me, Knowing You
18. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
19. Merry-Go-Round
20. As Good as New
21. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
22. She's My Kind of Girl
23. Rock Me
24. Rock'n'Roll Band
25. Money, Money, Money
26. King Kong Song
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My partner absolutely adores ABBA + disco in general .... which really tried my patience in the early days of our relationship. I mostly find ABBA amusing at this point, but after pushing my partner to explore ABBA more than just the standard top ten songs everyone knows, I've found a couple more interesting songs that hold-up on their own:

I'm a Marionette + Tiger.

If that still does nothing for you, then there's always Steve Coogan's medley from Knowing Me knowing You with Alan Partridge
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One of us (l) (l)

For Balx... the visitors is not an "early album" it's actually the last one ?
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Chiquitita has been my favorite ABBA song for much of my life. In high school, I had all their LPs but tended to prefer their latter work (Voulez Vous, The Visitors, and Super Trouper). I forget which CDs I now own besides Gold - probably only Super Trouper. I think the copy of Visitors was damaged in shipping and I never ordered VV.
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Tim2460 wrote: July 18th, 2019, 6:54 pm One of us (l) (l)

For Balx... the visitors is not an "early album" it's actually the last one ?
Of course, thanks for correcting that! :thumbsup:
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