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MEMBERS: Anni-Frid 'Frida' Lyngstad - Agnetha Faltskog - Bjorn Ulvaeus - Benny Andersson
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BIRTHDAYS: Anni-Frid 'Frida' Lyngstad (November 15, 1945) - Agnetha Faltskog (April 5, 1950) - Bjorn Ulvaeus (April 25, 1945) - Benny Andersson (December 16, 1946)
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BIGGEST LP: Gold: Greatest Hits (1992)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE: 2010

 
TIMELINE

ABBAbutton.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hailed from Stockholm, Sweden and became the most memorable group from Sweden in music history. The group included Anni-Frid 'Frida' Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog on vocals, Bjorn Ulvaeus on guitar, and Benny Andersson on keyboards. The origin of their name is simple - the first letters of each of their names.
button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA began with Andersson (of the group the 'Hep Stars') and Ulvaeus (of the group 'Hootenanny Singers') began performing together in the mid-60's before future wives Lyngstad (married to Andersson from 1978 to 1981) and Faltskog (married to Ulvaeus from 1971 to 1979) joined the duo to complete ABBA.

1973...

March
ABBA - Waterloobutton.gif (123 bytes) ABBA released Ring Ring.

1974...

March
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Waterloo.

button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the charts with "Waterloo" and "Honey Honey."

1975

April
ABBA - ABBA LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) ABBA released ABBA.

button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the charts with "SOS."

November
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Greatest Hits was released.

1976...

October
ABBA - Arrivalbutton.gif (123 bytes) ABBA released Arrival.

button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the charts with "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do," "Mamma Mia," and "Fernando."

December
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Greatest Hits was certified gold.

1977...

March
ABBA - "Dancing Queen" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Dancing Queen" was certified gold.

April
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Arrival was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA topped the Billboard Hot 100 for a week with "Dancing Queen."

ABBA - The Albumbutton.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the charts with "Knowing Me, Knowing You" and "Money, Money, Money."

1978...

February
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The Album.

ABBA - "Take A Chance" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the Top 10 with "Take A Chance."
from the LP
The Album
Billboard chart run: 30 - 24 - 17 - 13 - 9 - 8 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 3 - 9 - 17 - 24 - off
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

March
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The Album was certified gold.

June
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Greatest Hits was certified platinum.

August
ABBA - Greatest Hits Vol. 2button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Take A Chance" was certified gold and the The Album was certified gold.

November
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Greatest Hits Vol 2 was released.

1979...

April
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Voulez-Vous.

ABBA - Voulez-Vousbutton.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the charts with "Does Your Mother Know" and "Angeleyes."

November
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Voulez-Vous was certified gold.

1980...# 124 Singles Artist of the Year

April
ABBA - Super Trouperbutton.gif (123 bytes) Greatest Hits Vol 2 was certified gold.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA topped the UK singles chart for 2 weeks with "
The Winner Takes It All."

November
ABBA - "Chiquitita" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA topped the UK singles chart for 3 weeks with "Super-Trouper."
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Super Trouper.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA released
Super Trouper.
ABBA - "The Winner Takes It All" (Single) button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the Top 40 with "The Winner Takes It All."
from the LP
Super Trouper
ARC chart run: 40 - 32 - 27 - 25 - 21 - 19 - 17 - 14 - 12 - 11 - 9 - 7 - 5 - 14 - 17 - 24 - 39 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 38
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

1981...# 34 Singles Artist of the Year

February
ABBA - "Super-Trouper" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Super Trouper was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the
Top 10 with "The Winner Takes It All."

May
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Super-Trouper."
from the LP
Super Trouper
ABBA - The VisitorsARC chart run: 40 - 35 - 33 - 31 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 200
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

November
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The Visitors.

1982...

February
ABBA - "When All Is Said And Done" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) ABBA hit the Top 40 with "When All Is Said And Done."
from the LP
The Visitors
ARC chart run: 37 - 33 - 30 - 27 - 22 - 21 - 28 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 159
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

November
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The Singles: The First Ten Years was released.

1983...Frida: # 78 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Frida - "I Know There's Something Going On" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Frida hit the Top 40 with "I Know There's Something Going On."
from the LP
Something's Going On
ARC chart run: 37 - 29 - 23 - 20 - 17 - 13 - 12 - 12 - 11 - 9 - 18 - 35 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 80
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

April
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Top 10 with "I Know There's Something Going On."

October
Agnetha Faltskog - "Can't Shake Loose" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Agnetha hit the Top 40 with "Can't Shake Loose."
from the LP
Wrap Your Arms Around Me
ARC chart run: 39 - 35 - 31 - 28 - 25 - off
Year-End Chart Position: # 177
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3

1985...

April
ABBA - The Singles: The First Ten Yearsbutton.gif (123 bytes) The 4 CD box set Thank You For The Music was released.

1986...

August
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ABBA Live.

1992...

September
ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Gold: Greatest Hits was released.

1993...

May
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More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits was released.

1994...

May
ABBA - ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Gold: Greatest Hits was certified gold.

1995...

June
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Gold: Greatest Hits was certified platinum.

1996...

April
ABBA
button.gif (123 bytes) Gold: Greatest Hits was certified 2x platinum.

1997...

November
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Gold: Greatest Hits was certified 3x platinum.

2000...

September
ABBA - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of ABBAbutton.gif (123 bytes) 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of ABBA was released.

October
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VH1: 100 Greatest Dance Songs included "Dancing Queen" at # 97.

November
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Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs included included "Dancing Queen" at # 44.

2001...

November
ABBA - The Definitive Collectionbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Definitive Collection was released.

2002...

June
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Gold: Greatest Hits was certified 6x platinum.

November
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Rolling Stone: 50 Essential 'Woman In Rock' Albums included The Definitive Collection (2001) at # 180.

2003...

March
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20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of ABBA was certified gold.

2004...

ABBA - The Complete Studio Recordingsbutton.gif (123 bytes) # 474 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

November
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The Complete Studio Recordings, was released.

2006..

November
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Number Ones was released.

2008..

August
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Gold: Greatest Hits topped the UK LP chart as the film version of Mamma Mia! became a hit movie.

2010...

Agnetha Faltskog - 'A'button.gif (123 bytes) March 15: ABBA were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

2013...

May
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LPs
ABBA - Ring Ring Ring Ring
Released: March, 1973
Tracks: "Ring Ring" - "Another Town, Another Train" - "Disillusion" - "People Need Love" - "I Saw It In The Mirror" - "Nina Pretty Ballerina" - "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" - "Me And Bobby And Bobby's Brother" - "He Is Your Brother" - "She's My Kind Of Girl" - "I Am Just A Girl" - "Rock & Roll Band"
ABBA - Waterloo Waterloo
Released: March, 1974
Billboard peak: # 145
Tracks: "Waterloo" - "Sitting In The Palmtree" - "King Kong Song" - "Hasta Manana" - "My Mama Said" - "Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)" - "Honey, Honey" - "What About Livingstone" - "Watch Out" - "Gonna Sing You My Love Song" - "Suzy-Hang-Around"
ABBA - ABBA LP ABBA
Released: April, 1975
Billboard peak: # 174
Tracks: "Mamma Mia" - "Hey, Hey Helen" - "Tropical Loveland" - "SOS" - "Man In The Middle" - "Bang-A-Boomerang" - "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - "Rock Me" - "intermezzo No 1" - "I've Been Waiting For You" - "So Long"
ABBA - Greatest Hits Greatest Hits
Released: November, 1975
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 48
Tracks: "SOS" - "He Is Your Brother" - "Ring Ring" - "Hasta Manana" - "Nina, Pretty Ballerina" - "Honey, Honey" - "So Long" - "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - "People Need Love" - "Bang-A-Boomerang" - "Another Town, Another Train" - "Mamma Mia" - "Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)" - "Waterloo"
ABBA - Arrival Arrival
Released: October, 1976
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 20
Tracks: "When I Kissed The Teacher" - "Dancing Queen" - "My Love, My Life" - "Dum Dum Diddle" - "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - "Money, Money, Money" - "That's Me" - "Why Did It Have To Be Me?" - "Tiger" - "Arrival"
ABBA - The Album The Album
Released: February, 1978
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 14
Tracks: "Eagle" - "Take A Chance On Me" - "One Man, One Woman" - "The Name Of The Game" - "Move On" - "Hole In Your Soul" - "Thank You For The Music" - "I Wonder (Departure)" - "I'm A Marionette"
ABBA - Voulez-Vous Voulez-Vous
Released: April, 1979
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 19
Tracks: "As Good As New" - "Voulez-Vous" - "I Have A Dream" - "Angeleyes" - "The King Has Lost His Crown" - "Does Your Mother Know" - "If It Wasn't For The Nights" - "Chiquitita" - "Lovers (Live A Little Longer)" - "Kisses Of Fire"
ABBA - Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Greatest Hits Vol 2
Released: October, 1979
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 46
Tracks: "Gimme, Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" - "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - "Take A Chance On Me" - "Money, Money, Money" - "Rock Me" - "Eagle" - "Angeleyes" - "Dancing Queen" - "Does Your Mother Know" - "Chiquitita" - "Summer Night City" - "I Wonder (Departure)" - "The Name Of The Game" - "Thank You For The Music"
ABBA - Super Trouper Super Trouper
Released: December, 1980
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 17
Rolling Stone: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Super Trouper" - "The Winner Takes It All" - "On And On And On" - "Andante, Andante" - "Me And I" - "Happy New Year" - "Our Last Summer" - "The Piper" - "Lay All Your Love On Me" - "The Way Old Friends Do" (live)
ABBA - The Visitors The Visitors
Released: November, 1981
Billboard peak: # 29
Rolling Stone: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "The Visitors" - "Head Over Heels" - "When All Is Said And Done" - "Soldiers" - "I Let The Music Speak" - "One Of Us" - "Two For The Price Of One" - "Slipping Through My Fingers" - "Like An Angel Passing Through My Room"
ABBA - The Singles: The First Ten Years The Singles: The First Ten Years
Released: November, 1982
Billboard peak: # 62
Rolling Stone: 5 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Ring Ring" - "Waterloo" - "So Long" - "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - "SOS" - 'Mamma Mia" - "Fernando" - "Dancing Queen" - "Money, Money, Money" - "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - "The Name Of The Game" - "Take A Chance On Me" - "Summer Night City" - "Chiquitita" - "Does Your Mother Know" - "Voulez-Vous" - "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" - "I Have A Dream" - "The Winner Takes It All" - "Super Trouper" - "One Of Us" - "The Day Before You Came" - "Under Attack"
ABBA - ABBA Live ABBA Live
Released: August, 1986
Live Tracks: "Dancing Queen" - "Take A Chance On Me" - "I Have A Dream" - "Does Your Mother Know" - "Chiquitita" - "Thank You For The Music" - "Two For The Price Of One" - "Fernando" - "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" - "Super Trouper" - "Waterloo" - "Money, Money, Money" - "The Name Of The Game / Eagle" - "On And On And On"
ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits Gold: Greatest Hits
Released: September, 1992
US: 6x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 36
Tracks: "Dancing Queen" - "Know Me, Knowing You" - "Take A Chance On Me" - "Mamma Mia" - "Lay All Your Love On Me" - "Super Trouper" - "I Have A Dream" - "The Winner Takes It All" - "Money, Money, Money" - "SOS" - "Chiquitita" - "Fernando" - "Voulez-Vous" - "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" - "Does Your Mother Know" - "One Of Us" - "The Name Of The Game" - "Thank You For The Music" - "Waterloo"
ABBA - ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits
Released: May, 1993
Tracks: "Summer Night City" - "Angeleyes" - "The Day Before You Came" - "Eagle" - "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - "So Long" - "Honey, Honey" - "The Visitors" - "Our Last Summer" - "On And On And On" - "Ring Ring" - "I Wonder (Departure)" - "Lovelight" - "Head Over Heels" - "When I Kissed The Teacher" - "I Am The City" - "Cassandra" - "Under Attack" - "When All Is Said And Done" - "The Way Old Friends Do"
ABBA - Thank You For The Music (box set) Thank You For The Music (box set)
Released: April, 1995
ABBA - The Definitive Collection The Definitive Collection
Released: November, 2001
Billboard peak: # 186
Tracks: "People Need Love" - "He Is Your Brother" - "Ring Ring" - "Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)" - "Waterloo" - "Honey, Honey" - "So Long" - "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - "SOS" - "Mamma Mia" - "Fernando" - "Dancing Queen" - "Money, Money, Money" - "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - "The Name Of The Game" - "Take A Chance On Me" - "Eagle" - "Summer Night City" - "Chiquitita" - "Does Your Mother Know" - "Rock Me" - "Hasta Manana" - "Voulez-Vous" - "Angeleyes" - "Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight)" - "I Have A Dream" - "The Winner Takes It All" - "Super Trouper" - "On And On And On" - "Lay All Your Love On Me" - "One Of Us" - "When All Is Said And Done" - "Head Over Heels" - "The Visitors" - "The Day Before You Came" - "Under Attack" - "Thank You For The Music" - "Ring Ring" (Remix) - "Voulez-Vous" (Extended Remix)
ABBA - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of ABBA 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best Of ABBA
Released: September, 2000
US: Gold
Billboard peak: #
Tracks: "Waterloo" - "SOS" - "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" - "Mamma Mia" - "Fernando" - "Dancing Queen" - "Knowing Me, Knowing You" - "The Name Of The Game" - "Take A Chance On Me" - "Chiquitita" - "The Winner Takes It All"
ABBA - The Complete Studio Recordings The Complete Studio Recordings
Released: November, 2005
ABBA - Number Ones Number Ones
Released: November, 2006
 
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