During the seventies, the Swedish hit-making machine ABBA were a force to be reckoned with, and today many of their recordings have evolved to a new existence as popular karaoke songs.
ABBA was founded by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson, two Swedish musicians who soon recruited their womenfolk, who were talented singers in their own right, to join them on stage. With the addition of Agnetha Fältskog, the wife of Björn and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad, Benny’s girlfriend, the group soon settled on a name that incorporated the initials of their first names. Their big break into the international arena came when the song they performed as Sweden’s entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 not only won, but also became a number one hit. Subsequent singles, like ‘Fernando’, ‘SOS’, ‘Money, Money, Money’, ‘Dancing Queen’ ‘Chiquitita’ and ‘Knowing me Knowing you’ earned them more acclaim in places as far apart as Australia, New Zealand, Canada and finally also the U.S.A. During their heyday, ABBA played concerts around the world, visiting much of Europe, Australia and the United States. The hectic schedule of a successful super group proved too much for the relationships between the two pairs. The words of songs like ‘The Winner Takes All’ and ‘One of us’ tells the tale of romance falling apart.
From the early 1980s, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson began working together on other projects such as a musical with Tim Rice. ABBA was finished. Its legacy however would not quite go away. The soundtrack of the Australian movie ‘Muriel’s Wedding’ draws heavily on ABBA’s classic songs. In another film from down under, ‘The Adventures of Priscilla – Queen of the Desert’, an ABBA song is used to symbolize the seventies. An EP of ABBA covers by Erasure got the ball rolling again, and for the group’s twenty-fifth anniversary, two more albums of ABBA covers saw the light, with songs performed by Madness, the Corrs and the Culture Club to name a few. During a show in Stockholm, the band U2 surprised audiences by singing ABBA’s ‘Dancing Queen’.
With an ABBA revival well under way, the musical ‘Mamma Mia’, centred entirely on ABBA’s hit songs, made its debut. The show was later adapted into a movie by the same name with Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth in the leading roles.
ABBA’s compositions have been sung by a large variety of singers, meaning that audiences have become accustomed to hearing dissimilar versions of the familiar songs. They make popular karaoke choices as fun, upbeat pop numbers that will earn you plenty of crowd appreciation.
If you want to practice some ABBA, there are various karaoke videos on youtube. For example, you can easily find SOS, Waterloo, Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money and The Winner Takes All. These are the most popular ones, but there are many more.
Unleash your inner seventies disco queen with ABBA’s popular karaoke songs.