Although ABBA does not receive the same widespread respect across subcultures as a band like The Beatles, they were nonetheless a worldwide phenomenon, well within the borders of what could be called a "supergroup". The mixed-gender quartet has sold mind-boggling numbers of product. Over 300 million records sold worldwide puts them on a level enjoyed by very few. And their active years were only from 1972 through 1982.
The hits rolled in like waves during the 1970s for this Swedish band. ABBA had an uncanny knack for writing big, memorable hooks backed up with harmony, and rooted in European folk music, as opposed to the blues, which was the foundation that most rock & roll is built upon. They were also known for helping to bring synthesized sounds to the forefront, and for an extravagant fashion sense that appealed to the legions of disco fans around at the time. And as a side note for trivia buffs, the song "S.O.S." was the first song with a palindrome title by a group whose name was a palindrome, to hit the pop charts.
This playlist features 18 ABBA songs as recorded by other artists. It's a testament to the deep influence the group has had, and continues to have on popular music around the world.
ABBA Covers Playlist
6. The Winner Takes It All - Laura Branigan
9. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) - A-Teens
11. The Day Before You Came - Jacques
14. Mamma Mia - Hilton McRae
15. Knowing Me, Knowing You - Javelin Boot
16. Money Money Money - The Come Dancing Orchestra