Caffé Latté presents
We are all familiar with the Swedish group’s biggest hits like “Dancing Queen”, “Mamma Mia”, “Fernando” and “Waterloo”. This countdown delves deeper into the ABBA catalogue to offer 50 other songs that also deserve attention. With the recent announcement of new ABBA songs coming after a wait of over 3 decades and the impending sequel to the ‘Mamma Mia’ film, Caffé Latté celebrates the music of Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad…
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GONNA SING YOU MY LOVESONG
ABBA began recording "Gonna Sing You My Lovesong" in mid-December 1973. The tender ballad is sung masterfully by Frida. She demonstrates her range as a lead vocalist on this love song from the 'Waterloo' album, exercising a balance of subtlety and emotion with precision.
MY LOVE, MY LIFE
Initially, "My Love, My Life" was entitled "Monsieur, Monsieur" and dealt with a Parisian romance. Drawing inspiration from the 10CC hit "I'm Not In Love", the concept was transformed into a glorious ballad with Agnetha up front on lead vocals. Injecting her trademark heartache-evoking approach, this song is a standout on the 'Arrival' album.
IF IT WASN'T FOR THE NIGHTS
Prior to completing "Chiquitita", ABBA considered "If It Wasn't For The Nights" as a potential single. The group began working on the upbeat track in late October 1978. Agnetha and Frida are heard sharing vocal duties. The song is featured on the 'Voulez-Vous' album.
An early attempt to record "Bang-A-Boomerang" in September 1974 produced a slower track. Benny and Bjorn co-wrote the song with regular collaborator Stig Anderson. Following ABBA's Eurovision victory that year with "Waterloo", the writers entered a song for the 1975 Song Contest. "Bang-A-Boomerang" was performed in the national selections by the husband and wife duo Svenne & Lotta. They came 3rd in the Swedish final. ABBA recorded its version of the track for the 'ABBA' album.
LOVERS (LIVE A LITTLE LONGER)
On April 25, 1978, ABBA began cutting the sexually-charged track "Lovers (Live A Little Longer)" as part of the sessions for the 'Voulez-Vous' album. Frida takes charge on the dance track, singing about how a healthy sex life is the key to a longer life.