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Old 08-21-2017, 06:54 PM   #1
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What are your 5 favorite ABBA songs?

Mine are:

"Honey, Honey"
"Ring Ring"
"The Winner Takes It All"
"Super Trouper"

Thank you for your time.

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Old 08-21-2017, 06:59 PM   #2
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Ooooooh. I need to think about this.

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Old 08-21-2017, 07:01 PM   #3
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Knowing Me, Knowing You
Take a Chance On Me
The Winner Takes It All
Voulez Vous
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Old 08-21-2017, 08:11 PM   #4
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1. S.O.S.

Incredible arrangement and has one of the top 10 or so choruses ever. This should be their most celebrated song.

2. Knowing Me, Knowing You

Powerful song and the best discovery I got from ABBA Gold. Somehow, I didn't already know it. One of my favorite power ballads.

3. Dancing Queen

Overrated yet still undeniably immaculate. Everything clicks and the production is top shelf.

4. Waterloo

Reminds me of Turn to Stone by ELO with added Rocky Horror Picture Show glam, so of course I love it.

5. Take a Chance on Me

Remarkably, their catchiest song. As with all of their best songs, the transitions between its verses, choruses and bridges are an adventure.

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Old 08-21-2017, 08:29 PM   #5
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Lay All Your Love on Me
Take a Chance on Me
The Name of the Game
Knowing Me, Knowing You
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Old 08-22-2017, 03:43 PM   #6
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Alright, I'm going in a different direction here. I'm of the mind that Abba's later material - specifically their last three LPs, Voulez Vouz, Super Trouper, and The Visitors - are their best material, with many tracks employing a more mature songwriting than the earlier stuff like S.O.S./Mama Mia/Dancing Queen/etc.

That's not a knock on the earlier stuff. They're some of the greatest pure pop songs around. I mean, I probably regard Abba higher than most here, and think that Ulvaeus and Andersson are one of the few songwriting teams that, in terms of pure melodic pop, should be in the same sentence as Lennon and McCartney. So it's not a knock on the earlier stuff. Dancing Queen is a classic for all time, after all. It's just that I think they went to another level with the later - and in many cases, slower - stuff, and really got away from the bubble-gum stuff.

1. The Winner Takes It All(Super Trouper)

A stunning piece. Lyrically, a number of the later songs fall in the breakup category, because both couples in the band had separated. This song is lyrically and melodically devastating, and the vocal is one of my favorite studio vocal performances. It just slays me. It's probably good it was never performed live, because I doubt she could match the studio performance on stage. Light years away from Waterloo. Absolutely nothing bubblegum about this. Is practically a standard now. Their greatest achievement imo.

2. One Of Us(The Visitors)

Another break up song, with a soaring chorus that really makes you feel the desperation of the situation.

3. When All Is Said And Done(The Visitors)

Yet another break up song with a gorgeous melody and an admirable message of non-blame.

4. The Visitors(The Visitors)

This title track of their last LP ventures into sonic exploration in a way Abba rarely had. Great atmospherics, the vocal's got a groove, and when the big keyboard melody finally comes in, it's damn near cinematic.

5. Summer Night City(non-album)

This was a non-album track recorded during the Voulez-Vous sessions. I've always thought it was one of the catchiest things they ever did, and have never understood why it wasn't bigger. It oozes sex and is the kind thing people could dance all night too. I think the rare male vocal in tandem with the lead vocal adds a lot as well. Apparently the group themselves don't like the track, but I have no idea why. It's classic.

Honorable mention:

6. The Way Old Friends Do(Super Trouper)

A live performance of a song that never was never recorded in the studio, it closed Super Trouper. A short(<3M), gorgeous, quiet, contemplative track.

7. Our Last Summer(Super Trouper)

This one appears to be a breakup song at first, but there's a verse late in the song that suggests the couple in question is in fact still together. It's really a song about nostalgically looking back on the early part of a romance, I think. Gorgeous melody, great vocal performance.

8. Knowing Me, Knowing You(Arrival)

The only track I'm singling out that wasn't on one of the last three albums, but it was maybe a harbinger. It is, you guessed it, a break up song. What can I say, sometimes the best material is borne of pain. Heavier guitar than your typical Abba track, catchy as hell, and as always, stellar vocal performance.

Dancing Queen, Gimme Gimme Gimme(A Man After Midnight), S.O.S., Mama Mia, etc, it's all good, but the later material is what I gravitate to more often.
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Old 08-26-2017, 01:54 AM   #7
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Thank you for finally getting me to listen to Gold.

Hastily after one listen top 5:
Knowing me, Knowing You
Lay All Your Love On Me
S. O. S.
Gimme Gimme Gimme
Voulez Vous
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For me it's

Day before you came
Winner takes it all
When all is said and done
Take a chance on me

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