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ABBA was one of the most successful bands from the early 1970s to the early 1980s and primarily consisted of two Swedish singing pairs whose first names formed the group’s name: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. I assume that everyone aged 40 and above remembers their past while listening to their songs. Even today, the group’s music is played in movies, parties, and everyday life. Here are ten facts you may not have known about ABBA!

ABBA became famous thanks to Eurovision…

Ring Ring” was ABBA’s debut album released in 1973, but their phenomenal song that introduced them to the world was “Waterloo“, which they performed on April 61974, in the Eurovision Song Contest held in BrightonEngland.

A reunion to remember…

ABBA’s second public reunion after their breakup happened after 22 years at the Swedish premiere of the film “Mamma Mia” on July 42008.

ABBA’s second public reunion after their breakup happened after 22 years at the Swedish premiere of the film "Mamma Mia" on July 4, 2008.

Anni-Frid’s father was a German Nazi soldier…

Anni-Frid Lyngstad was Norwegian by birth. Her father was a German soldier who was stationed in Norway when he met Anni-Frid’s mother, and their relationship resulted in Anni-Frid’s birth.

More popular than the moon landing…

special program about ABBA on Australian TV in 1976 attracted more viewers than the moon landing in 1969! The special program, titled “The Best of ABBA“, had to be aired four times due to its popularity.

A special program about ABBA on Australian TV in 1976 attracted more viewers than the moon landing in 1969! The special program, titled "The Best of ABBA", had to be aired four times due to its popularity.

The herring company came before the music band…

ABBA shares the same name as the Swedish seafood company Abba, which also owned the trademark for the name. However, the company chose to let ABBA keep their name despite trademark infringement. Presumably, it was quite good advertising for the company.

Featured in numerous commercials…

ABBA has appeared in a variety of commercials, but perhaps their most famous one is when they advertised for the baby food company Semper.

“Thank you for the music”…

It’s no surprise that the band was huge among English speakers, but did you know they were also popular among the Spanish-speaking part of the world? To honor this, they released an album titled “Gracias Por La Musica“, which was later translated to “Thank You for the Music“.

It’s no surprise that the band was huge among English speakers, but did you know they were also popular among the Spanish-speaking part of the world? To honor this, they released an album titled "Gracias Por La Musica", which was later translated to "Thank You for the Music".

From Festfolk to ABBA…

Before the band had its official name ABBA, it was called “Festfolk“. However, because the name in English sounded like “Fastfolk” (engaged couples), they decided to change it.

Set records in multiple countries…

The group consistently topped the charts in almost all countries from 1974 to 1982. ABBA was the first non-domestic group to top the charts in the UKIrelandCanada, and Australia.

The group consistently topped the charts in almost all countries from 1974 to 1982. ABBA was the first non-domestic group to top the charts in the UK, Ireland, Canada, and Australia.

3.5 million applications…

In 1977, just ten days after they released the single “Knowing Me, Knowing You“, ABBA had their first concerts in the UK. The two London performances were expected to accommodate 12,000 people, but a whopping 3,500,000 applied through letters to participate.


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