Maybe it has already happened to you. Maybe you grew up with them. Maybe you were always aware of them, so that when Mamma Mia! came out you were right there in the crowd, singing along. Or maybe you were like me, and always made fun of ABBA until you downloaded ABBA Gold on a whim and can’t stop listening to it on the way to and from work. I have recently come to appreciate ABBA, and this top-five favorite songs article will be my love song to one of the greatest pop groups of all time.
“Chiquitita,” which was initially released in January 1979 as the first single for the Voulez-Vous album, epitomizes why I turn ABBA on when I’m feeling blue. An upbeat song about comforting someone who is in need of shelter and help, “Chiquitita” is my go-to song when I need some kind of sign from the universe that all will be okay. The driving piano in the last 50 seconds is so passionate and so forceful, I just love it.
Another great song to listen to when you’re feeling low, “SOS” and I really bonded one winter when I was struggling with depression. What I love the most about “SOS” is that it is so genuine. The lyrics are relatable without seeming overly simple or generic. Something about “SOS” is universal that anyone who listens to it can identify with the singer.
3. “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)”
“Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man after Midnight)” is a fun, upbeat song that shows off ABBA’s range in topics. I love how unapologetic the singer is about her loneliness and desire for a man. It’s melodramatic, catchy, and perfect for belting out while in your car or the shower. I can tell it’s a good one when my cat taps his tail to the beat.
4. “Take a Chance On Me”
“Take a Chance On Me” was my gateway ABBA song. I can still remember the first time I heard it; I was waiting in the car to pick someone up at school, and this song came on as part of a “Seventies Request” night on the radio. The percussive male vocals hearken back to barbershop quartets. Who hasn’t felt like they want someone to take a chance on them?
Ah, “Fernando.” For years, the only association I have with the name “Fernando” is with the bull from children’s literature. After listening to “Fernando” countless times, though, I think of another ABBA song that is positive, precious, and melodic. Yet another ABBA song you can get lost in, “Fernando” is the perfect mix between sleepy and entertaining. In short: enjoyable, easy on the ears, and, like so many ABBA songs, guaranteed to put a smile on your face.