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 nameRead More »from ABBA Covers