Music in the era of 1970s was considered truly magical. It was seen that many musicians and singers came together to form a band. ABBA was one such popular Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm. It was in 1972, that the group members Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad came together. The numerous hits of ABBA made it the first musical group from a non-English speaking country to top the charts of UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, and some parts of US. Due to their significant success among the Latin Americans, ABBA recorded some of their famous songs in Spanish.
ABBA songs were also used in some movies – Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Mamma Mia. In its early years, ABBA won recognition through its song ‘Waterloo’ that was chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974. Winning the contest at the Dome in Brighton in the UK, made ABBA Sweden’s first triumph in the contest.
The melodious and magical musical journey of ABBA was mesmerizing. Even today that band is paid tribute for their marvelous contribution to the music industry. On 15th March 2010, ABBA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some of my personal favorites are – ‘I Have a Dream’, ‘Chiquitita’, ‘Mamma Mia!’, and ‘Dancing Queen’.