ABBA were one of the greatest pop acts in global history, and part of what made them so impressive was their prolific output of hit songs. The foursome, made up of two real-life couples (Björn Ulvaeus was married to Agnetha Fältskog and Benny Andersson to Anni-Frid Lyngstad), churned out eight albums during their ten-year recording career before the respective marriages failed by the early ‘80s. The band’s songs chronicled the ups and downs of their relationships, often pairing misery and hopelessness with their big, flashy pop sound. In honor of the museum dedicated to the band that opened in Stockholm last week, as well as this week’s Eurovision Song Contest — which launched ABBA’s worldwide success — here’s a look at the band’s most popular hits in descending order from glee to despair.
ABBA’s most popular song is also their happiest. Its saccharine, fun-loving sentiments can, at times, become joyfully grating.