Probably one of the coolest things to ever come out of Sweden, setting the standard for pop deliciousness from the top of the charts all through the 1970s, ABBA is this week’s Thursday Throwback. With great looks, song writing ability and bravado, the world became a brighter place when the hit factory comprised of Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid showed up on the scene in Stockholm in 1972. As all four members dreamed of a career in music from an early age, one can credit the band’s success to syrupy sweet singing, straight from the heart lyrics, and innovative sound effects achieved in impeccable instrumentation.
With hooks and melodies which stay in your head for days, the infectious songs written about love and encouragement come in a variety of flavors for your every mood. ABBA has sold over 400 million records world wide, inspired a movie and stage play, were the second most profitable corporation on the Stockholm stock exchange at one point, and, despite being ironically disbanded due to various kidnapping and death threats in 1982, will live on in our heart forever.
Off their self-titled 1975 album, “SOS” was named by both John Lennon and Pete Townshed as their all time favorite pop record, and was the super-group’s third U.S. Top 20 hit single. Funny: It is our favorite ABBA track too.