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Recorded: 1974-1982
Released: October 9, 1993


Rating: 4.417 (average of 6 ratings)


Genre: dance pop


Quotable: --


Album Tracks:

  1. Dancing Queen
  2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  3. Take a Chance on Me
  4. Mamma Mia
  5. Lay All Your Love on Me
  6. Super Trouper
  7. I Have a Dream
  8. The Winner Takes It All
  9. Money, Money, Money
  10. S.O.S.
  11. Chiquitita
  12. Fernando
  13. Voulez Vous
  14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man after Midnight)
  15. Does Your Mother Know
  16. One of Us
  17. The Name of the Game
  18. Thank You for the Music
  19. Waterloo


Sales:

sales in U.S. only 6 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 3.94 million
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 26 million


Peak:

peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 63
peak on U.K. album chart 1 9


Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Waterloo (4/20/74) #6 US, #1 UK
  • S.O.S. (8/9/75) #15 US, #6 UK, #19 AC
  • Mamma Mia (12/13/75) #32 US, #1 UK, #12 AC
  • Fernando (3/27/76) #13 US, #1 UK, #1 AC
  • Dancing Queen (8/21/76) #1 US, #1 UK. Gold single.
  • Money, Money, Money (11/20/76) #56 US, #3 UK, #38 AC
  • Knowing Me, Knowing You (2/26/77) #14 US, #1 UK, #7 AC
  • The Name of the Game (10/22/77) #12 US, #1 UK, #9 AC
  • Take a Chance on Me (2/4/78) #3 US, #1 UK, #9 AC. Gold single.
  • Chiquitita (2/3/79) #29 US, #2 UK, #15 AC
  • Does Your Mother Know (5/5/79) #19 US, #4 UK, #41 AC
  • Voulez-Vous (7/14/79) #80 US, #40 AC
  • Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man after Midnight) (10/20/79) #3 UK
  • I Have a Dream (12/15/79) #2 UK
  • The Winner Takes It All (8/2/80) #8 US, #1 UK, #1 AC
  • Super Trouper (11/15/80) #45 US, #1 UK, #14 AC
  • Lay All Your Love on Me (7/18/81) #7 UK
  • One of Us (12/12/81) #3 UK, #33 AC
  • Thank You for the Music (11/12/83) #33 UK


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums


Gold – Greatest Hits
Abba
Review:
In the U.K., Abba released two majorly successful #1 greatest hits compilations during their career. First up was 1976’s Greatest Hits, which was one of the country’s top 10 best-selling albums ever according to the 2007 report by the Official U.K. Charts Company. The first collection had only six charted hits, including #1 U.K. songs Waterloo, Mamma Mia, and Fernando.

1979’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 was a much more solid compilation that represented Abba’s heyday. It featured ten songs that went top 10 in the U.K., four of which went to #1 – Dancing Queen, Take a Chance on Me, Knowing Me, Knowing You, and The Name of the Game. ‘Dancing Queen’ was also a U.S. chart topper.

Despite the number of hits spread over these two collections, buying these two greatest hits would still leave the listener with some non-charting and unnecessary album cuts. “ABBA’s 19-song Gold collection was the first hits compilation prepared specifically for the CD format by the 1970s supergroup” (Eder). “Appearing after a period of several years in which their music had been off the market, [it] was a welcome addition to the catalog” (Eder), properly assembling the necessary cuts from the first two greatest hits collections and adding material released after the second collection, most notably the U.K. #1 hits The Winner Takes It All and Super Trouper. “It is still the simplest and most straightforward collection of the group's material that it is possible to buy” (Eder).


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Last updated March 27, 2008.