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Tuesday 6pm: Artist Countdown: ABBA Top 50 Hits

abba-newABBA were a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members’ first names (Agnetha, Benny, Bjorn and Anni-Frid) and is sometimes stylized as the registered trademark ᗅᗺᗷᗅ. They became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of pop music, topping the charts worldwide from 1972 to 1982. They are also known for winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, giving Sweden its first victory in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the contest.

ABBA had sold over 370 million albums and singles worldwide and still sell millions of records a year, which makes them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. ABBA was the first pop group to come from a non-English-speaking country that enjoyed consistent success in the charts of English-speaking countries, including the UK, Ireland, the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines and South Africa. The group also enjoyed significant success in Latin American markets, and recorded a collection of their hit songs in Spanish.

During the band’s active years, Fältskog and Ulvaeus were a married couple, as were Lyngstad and Andersson, although both couples later divorced. At the height of their popularity, both relationships were suffering strain which ultimately resulted in the collapse of the Ulvaeus-Fältskog marriage in 1979 and the Andersson-Lyngstad marriage in 1981. These relationship changes were reflected in the group’s music, with later compositions including more introspective lyrics.

After ABBA broke up in late 1982, Andersson and Ulvaeus achieved success writing music for the stage while Lyngstad and Fältskog pursued solo careers with mixed success. ABBA’s music declined in popularity until several films, notably Muriel’s Wedding and The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, revived interest in the group, spawning several tribute bands. In 1999, ABBA’s music was adapted into the successful musical Mamma Mia! that toured worldwide. A film of the same name released in 2008 became the highest-grossing film in the United Kingdom that year. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on 15 March 2010. – Source: Wikipedia

Countdown created by RadioMaxMusic

1 Dancing Queen
2 Fernando
3 The Winner Takes It All
4 The Name of the Game
5 Chiquitita
6 SOS
7 Knowing Me, Knowing You
8 Take a Chance on Me
9 Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
10 Mamma Mia
11 Money, Money, Money
12 One of Us
13 Summer Night City
14 Waterloo
15 Super Trouper
16 I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
17 Does Your Mother Know
18 The Day Before You Came
19 I Have a Dream
20 Head Over Heels
21 Honey, Honey
22 Voulez-Vous
23 Under Attack
24 Eagle
25 Lay All Your Love on Me
26 Angeleyes
27 Thank You for the Music
28 Rock Me
29 So Long
30 Hasta Mañana
31 Ring Ring
32 Rock and Roll Band
33 On and On and On
34 When All Is Said and Done
35 The Visitors
36 King Kong Song
37 People Need Love
38 He Is Your Brother
39 Love Isn’t Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough)
40 Nina, Pretty Ballerina
41 Another Town, Another Train
42 Bang-A-Boomerang
43 I Am Just a Girl 
44 That’s Me 
45 As Good as New
46 Our Last Summer
47 Happy New Year
48 Dream World
49 Put On Your White Sombrero
50 Dum Dum Diddle