Top 10 ABBA Songs

Script written by Craig Butler. Formed in 1972 in Stockholm, Sweden, ABBA got their big break when they won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. They then went on to become one of the biggest pop groups in music history, successfully fusing pop, disco and rock into a catchy sound that’s enabled them to sell almost 400 million albums and singles. For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 ABBA songs. Special thanks to our users cjgumpy82, blakevonsmith, Zachary Wicks, Riley Cotter, Margaret Rd and Erik blidner for submitting the idea on our Suggest Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Script written by Craig Butler.

Some things are contagious in a good way – like the beat, the sound and the infectious joy of these Swedes at their best. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 ABBA songs.

For this list, we’ve chosen our entries based on a combination of the artist’s fan favorites and their most commercially successful songs.

#10: “Super Trouper”
Super Trouper (1980)

The title track from ABBA’s 1980 album hit number one on several country’s charts and was a major dance hit in the U.S. Its opening a cappella harmonies lead into a mid-tempo charmer that’s so upbeat in mood, one doesn’t initially notice it’s a song about loneliness and longing. Very ABBA to do that.

#9: “S.O.S.”
ABBA (1975)

A major number one hit around the world, “S.O.S.” reached the top 15 in the U.S. and the top 10 in Canada. The song starts out with a feeling of melancholy and tension, both in the music and in Agnetha Fältskog’s vocals. But as soon as the chorus hits, the bouncy music overwhelms; any doubts that this singer won’t really be able “to carry on” are quickly dispelled.

#8: “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (1979)

Covered by teen pop wonders, guitar virtuosos, electronica bands and even goth metal musicians, and sampled by Madonna herself, “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)” was a huge hit – except in the U.S. More blatantly carnal than many other ABBA songs, it sizzles with energy and is an awesome song to dance to. Even people who hate disco can’t help but get moving when this one comes on.

#7: “Waterloo”
Waterloo (1974)

ABBA first made waves with 1974’s “Waterloo,” which won that year’s Eurovision Song Contest. With a bouncy and extremely singable chorus, it soared to number one in numerous countries, including Britain, and made the top 10 in the U.S. When all was said and done, six million singles were sold and ABBA was launched to stardom.

#6: “The Winner Takes It All”
Super Trouper (1980)

Another top 10 hit in the U.S., “The Winner Takes It All” is all about a painful breakup. Written at the same time as the divorce of ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog, the song’s heartfelt lyrics seem to be a highly personal statement. It’s also a major highlight of ”Mamma Mia!,” the stage and film musical drawn from ABBA’s song catalogue.

#5: “Fernando”
“Fernando” single (1976)

“Fernando” is often considered ABBA’s biggest-selling single, racking up worldwide sales of more than 10-million copies. And deservedly so: It’s hard to resist Anni-Frid Lyngstad’s compellingly tender, slightly achy solos. The arrangement, with its airy flutes and softly strummed guitars, creates an oddly peaceful setting. And how many pop songs are about people feeling nostalgic for their days as revolutionaries?

#4: “Knowing Me, Knowing You”
Arrival (1976)

Breaking up is hard to do, as another songwriter once said, but it’s handled in a pretty adult manner in “Knowing Me, Knowing You.” The matter-of-fact lyrics and forceful and determined arrangement paint a clear picture: this heart may be broken, but it’s better off that way. The message resonated worldwide, hitting the top 3 in at least 10 countries.

#3: “Mamma Mia”
ABBA (1975)

Although not a major hit on the U.S. charts, the song has still become one of those most identified with ABBA. Part of this is due to its use as the title of the ABBA musical, as well as the undeniable catchiness of its chorus. “Mamma Mia” fared better initially on the international market; after all, who can resist a song that features a marimba?

#2: “Take a Chance on Me”
The Album (1978)

At least 14 countries welcomed “Take a Chance On Me” into their top 10 charts. The song’s distinctive title rhythm derived from a repetitive phrase Björn Ulvaeus chanted while running every day. Good choice; when combined with a crystal clear Euro-pop production and those trademark ABBA harmonies, it’s an enticing, alluring sound that you want to hear over and over.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- “Money, Money, Money” Arrival (1976)
- “Chiquitita” Voulez-Vous (1979)
- “Lay All Your Love On Me” Super Trouper (1980)
- “Does Your Mother Know” Voulez-Vous (1979)
- “I Have a Dream” Voulez-Vous (1979)

#1: “Dancing Queen”
Arrival (1976)

“Dancing Queen” was a massive megahit and chart topper in more than a dozen countries; it’s also the only ABBA hit to reach #1 on the U.S. pop charts. Hey, it’s even the favorite song of Senator John McCain – that’s how catchy it is. An incredibly powerful single, “Dancing Queen” captures a moment of pure, youthful joy. When you’re listening to this song, you get the feeling anything is possible – and that’s a rare feeling.

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