FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)  Frequently asked questions

What does ABBA mean?

Which A and which B represent which member?

How old are the ABBA members?

How many albums did ABBA release?

How many ABBA songs are there?

What are ABBA's biggest selling album and single?

Who sings lead on a particular song?

What year did ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest?

Where can I write to the ABBA members?

What ABBA concert films are available?

Where can I buy official ABBA merchandise?

Why won't ABBA or Universal Music release more ABBA songs from the vaults?

Why won't ABBA release their recording of 'Just Like That'?

What will it take for an ABBA reunion?

When will the new ABBA songs be released?

Are ABBA records without the backwards B logo rare and valuable?

Where can I find lyrics to ABBA's songs?

Where can I download ABBA songs?

How much are ABBA autographs worth?

I have a rare memorabilia item I'd like to sell to a deserving fan, where can I advertise it?

How much is this piece of memorabilia worth?

What's the story about the unreleased album Opus 10?

Will Agnetha record again?

Will Frida record again?

When will Benny and Björn's musical Kristina från Duvemåla be staged in English?

Will Benny and Björn write a new musical?

 


What does ABBA mean?

 

 

ABBA is an acronym of the initials of the four members' first names:
A
nni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad
Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Agnetha Fältskog

  


Which A and which B represent which member?

 

 

There is no official order for the names. In different interviews or introductions over the years, either Agnetha or Frida would be identified as the first or last A, the same for Björn and Benny.

In the early days when the group was known by their first names, the billing was Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid (later Frida). In the opening titles of ABBA - The Movie in 1977, the order of names was Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn, Agnetha. The Offiicial International ABBA Fan Club in an earlier incarnation listed the names Agnetha, Benny, Björn, Frida. ABBA Voyage promotional material lists them as both Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Agnetha, Björn, Benny, Anni-Frid.

 


How old are the ABBA members?

 

 

Björn is the oldest, born 25 April 1945 (making him 76). Frida is next oldest, born 15 November 1945 (76). Benny was born 16 December 1946 (74), while Agnetha is the youngest of the four, born 5 April 1950 (71).

 


How many albums did ABBA release?

 

 

ABBA released eight studio albums between 1973 and 1982:
Ring Ring (1973)
Waterloo (1974)
ABBA (1975)
Arrival (1976)
ABBA - The Album (1977)
Voulez-Vous (1979)
Super Trouper (1980)
The Visitors (1981)

In 1980 they recorded an album of Spanish-language versions of earlier hits, Gracias Por La Música.
During the group's lifetime, three "official" compilations were released:
Greatest Hits (1975)
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1979)
ABBA - The Singles - The First Ten Years (1982).

In 2021 the ninth studio album is released:
Voyage (2021)

There have been innumerable compilations and box sets released around the world since the first in 1974. Check the Discs section for a selection of compilations.

 


How many ABBA songs are there?

 

 

During their time together ABBA released 98 unique songs (97 in English, 1 only in Swedish), plus four alternate mixes, 3 Swedish versions, 3 German versions, 1 French version and 14 Spanish versions. That's a total of 123 songs.

Since the group ended another 3 complete songs have been released, plus another Spanish version, one alternate recording of a released song, three further alternate mixes, and two medleys of snippets of previously unreleased songs, adding 34 individual titles for a total of 157 songs. This does not count the myriad of edited versions to either shorten or lengthen a song without altering the mix - at last count there were 80 or so of these.

With the release of Voyage in 2021 ten more songs are added, making the final total 167.

See the Songs section for more details.

 


What are ABBA's biggest selling album and single?

 

 

ABBA's biggest selling album is the 1992 compilation ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits, which is reported to have sold over 31 million copies. Super Trouper is reputed to be ABBA's biggest selling studio album. The biggest selling single worldwide is 'Dancing Queen' closely followed by 'Fernando', and then probably 'Waterloo'.

 


Who sings lead on a particular song?

 

 

Check the Who sings which song? page.

 


What year did ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest?

 

 

ABBA won the contest on 6 April 1974 with 'Waterloo'.

In 1973 Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid, as the group was then known, entered 'Ring Ring' in Melodifestivalen (the Melody Festival), the Swedish heats for the Eurovision Song Contest. It came third.

 


Where can I write to the ABBA members?

 

 

You can write the any of the ABBA members c/-:

Universal Music AB
Box 55777
114 83 Stockholm
Sweden

Mono Music AB
Södra Brobänken 41 A
Skeppsholmen 111 49
Stockholm
Sweden

Please note that ABBA's representative Görel Hanser has asked that fans not send items to Mono Music for autographs. Any items sent will probably be returned, not signed.

For Mamma Mia! related correspondence:

Littlestar Services  Ltd
6 Fareham St
London
W1D 3BD UK 

However I can't guarantee that you will get any reply, or how long a reply may take.

 


What ABBA concert films are available?

 

 

There are two available on DVD:

ABBA - The Movie, a 90 minute cinema documentary filmed during ABBA's March 1977 tour in Australia.

ABBA In Concert, filmed for a one hour television special at Wembley Arena in London in November 1979.

There are no films of complete concerts available. Director Lasse Hallström has said that over 50 hours of footage was shot on the Australian tour, but in various interviews over the years he has said that either the footage is in storage somewhere waiting to be found, or was destroyed when the film was completed. Apparently in preparation for filming the Australian tour, one concert at London's Royal Albert Hall was filmed, but it is not known how much was filmed or what became of this film. Similarly, director Urban Lasson has said that the only songs filmed at Wembley were the songs required for the television special (and portions of 'Thank You For THe Music', pieced together for the ABBA In Concert DVD), and no other film exists.

 


Where can I buy official ABBA merchandise?

 

 

You can buy a range of official merchandise from ABBA | The official site, ABBA Voyage merch store, and ABBA The Museum. The ABBA Fan Club Shop has other merchandise available, and The Second Hand ABBA Store has many vintage collectibles.

 


Why won't ABBA or Universal Music release more ABBA songs from the vaults?

 

 

ABBA, particularly Benny and Björn as the songwriters and producers, are reluctant to release unissued songs, feeling that if they weren't good enough to release at the time, they're still not good enough now. They did relent in 1993 to allow the inclusion of 'I Am The City' on More ABBA Gold - More ABBA Hits, and in 1994 when several songs were released for the first time, some in full, but many in truncated form in the 'ABBA Undeleted' medley on the Thank You For The Music box set. In 2012 another medley of unreleased recordings was released, 'From A Twinking Star To A Passing Angel' on The Visitors Deluxe Edition, featuring several different recordings of 'Like An Angel Passing Through My Room'. In 2021 the 1978 song 'Just A Notion' was released on the Voyage album, with the original 1978 vocals and a brand new musical backing.

 


Why won't ABBA release their recording of 'Just Like That'?

 

 

Björn and Benny have stated that they feel that the Gemini version, recorded for that duo's self-titled album in 1985, is the final version of the song with that title, and they can't have two similar but different songs with the same title. Despite many excuses given, the most compelling is the simple fact that they don't want to release it. Benny has admitted "[It] was a song we did record, but we never liked what we had done, so it remained unreleased."

Almost all of the components of ABBA's version of 'Just Like That' have seen the light of day in other songs: a guitar riff from an early mix became part of the verse melody of 'Under Attack'; most of the chorus was used in the Gemini version; and the original verse was used in 'Glöm mig om du kan' in the 2002 Swedish production of Benny and Björn's musical Chess.

 


What will it take for an ABBA reunion?

 

 

In November 2021, ABBA release their ninth album Voyage. This came about as a consequence of a new project first announced in 2016, where virtual avatars of ABBA (dubbed "ABBAtars" by fans and media) will perform live on stage with a live band, with pre-recorded vocals from ABBA's existing live and studio recordings. It has been announced that Voyage is the final ABBA release. The ABBA Voyage concert opens in London in May 2022.

Prior to that, the group has had several impromtu performances together over the decades, usually for private purposes, ranging from singing 'Tivedshambo' for a Stig Anderson television tribute in 1986, to singing for their friend and business associate Görel Hanser for her 50th birthday in June 1999.

Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Björn appeared together at the Stockholm premiere of the film Mamma Mia! in July 2008, and were photographed with the film's major cast and creative team. Benny, Frida and Björn were photographed together for ABBA - The Official Photo Book in May 2013, a day after the offiical opening of ABBA The Musuem - had Agnetha not been in London promoting her solo album, she might have joined them.

Björn, Frida, Agnetha and Benny all attended the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party at Gröna Lund in Stockholm in January 2016, briefly standing together on a small stage, posing and waving for guests in attendance. In June the same year, at a party celebrating the 50th anniversary of Björn and Benny's first meeting, Frida and Agnetha took to the stage to sing 'The Way Old Friends Do' in tribute, and following the song the two men joined them onstage to thank them for the moving performance.

 


When will the new ABBA songs be released?

 

 

The two songs recorded in 2017, 'I Still Have Faith In You' and  'Don't Shut Me Down' were released on 2 September 2021 along with the announcement of the Voyage album and concert. A third single 'Just A Notion' was released on 22 October. The Voyage album is released on 5 November 2021, on CD, LP, cassette and digital.

 


Are ABBA records without the backwards B logo rare and valuable?

 

  No. The ABBA logo with the first B reversed was introduced in July 1976, and first officially appeared on the 'Dancing Queen' single sleeve (it had already appeared an a French compilation album in May). All records released before that, and even some after, had ABBA written normally.
ABBA

There is one exception: the Australian 'Dancing Queen' single sleeve, which appeared with both the ABBA logo and ABBA written normally. However, the sleeve with ABBA written normally is not all that rare or valuable - rumours that there are only three copies worth hundred or thousands of dollars are false.

 


Where can I find lyrics to ABBA's songs?

 

 

You can find ABBA lyrics on many ABBA websites, though many of them have some incorrect words due to the songs being transcribed by listeners - see the Links section. Lyrics to all of ABBA's released songs can be found on ABBA | The official site or here on this site

 


Where can I download ABBA songs?

 

 

You can purchase ABBA songs from iTunes, Google Play, or listen on subscriber services Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, amazon music, deezer, Soundcloud, Сбер Звук.

 


How much are ABBA autographs worth?

 

 

That's hard to say. With the advent of eBay and other online auction sites, the price of autographs has increased. These days a full set might set you back around US$1,000, individual autographs can sell for US$300.

There are also examples of autographs signed by staff in the Polar Music office during the late 70s, as ABBA were too busy to meet demand. Though not as valuable as genuine autographs, these have become quite collectable in their own right.

Beware that there are more forged autographs available these days than genuine ones. A Certificate of Authenticity is no guarantee that autographs are authentic - often that can be seen as a sign that the autographs are fake.

Here are examples of ABBA's autographs, circa 1976 (published in an ABBA music book) and 2013 (published in ABBA - The Official Photo Book):

ABBA autographs 1976

ABBA autographs 2013


I have a rare memorabilia item I'd like to sell to a deserving fan, where can I advertise it?

 

 

eBay is easily the most popular site for selling memorabilia, but it's often flooded with thousands of items at any one time. Two groups on Facebook allow fans to buy, sell, or trade merchandise: ABBAtrade and ABBA Trading Post

 


How much is this piece of memorabilia worth?

 

 

It's hard to say what any particular piece of merchandise may be worth. There is no real price guide for ABBA memorabilia, and prices fluctuate with supply and demand. Generally an item is worth whatever someone will pay. I suggest check eBay, Tradera or other auction sites or the Facebook groups ABBAtrade and ABBA Trading Post to get an idea of what your item might be worth. Discogs can be a good guide for the value of LPs, singles, and CDs.

 


What's the story about the unreleased album Opus 10?

 

 

There was no planned ABBA album titled Opus 10. There is a long complex story behind this mythical unreleased album.

In mid-1981, a journalist from Swedish newspaper Expressen visited ABBA in the studio during sessions for what would become The Visitors album, titling the subsequent story "Now ABBA are recording their tenth album". His reasoning being it was the tenth ABBA album since the first in 1973, with seven studio albums plus the two greatest hits volumes (but excluding the collection of Spanish recordings Gracias Por La Musica). In the article he asked "And will 'Opus 10' now beat them all?"

Over the years the myth grew. First "Opus 10" was rumoured to have been a working title for The Visitors, which would have had an instrumental title track - the demo recording known as 'Nationalsång' which has surfaced on bootleg tapes and CDs. Then it became the alleged title of the unfinished 1982 album. Due to repetition and publication of this "fact" in several sources it has become "truth". It was even referred to in Agnetha's authorised biographical book As I Am as "the cancelled ABBA album".

 


Will Agnetha record again?

 

 

Agnetha released her 10th solo album A on 10 May 2013. There is no news of any further recording plans.

 


Will Frida record again?

 

 

Frida has recorded a new song '1865' with her Swiss friend Dan Daniell, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first successful assent of the Matterhorn, near their hometown Zermatt. It is released on 13 February 2015. In 2016 she recorded a version of ABBA's 'Andante, Andante' with Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, released on his album Ultimate Duets on 18 May 2018 (the track was available for download and streaming on 27 April 2018). There is no news of any further recording plans.

 


When will Benny and Björn's musical Kristina från Duvemåla be staged in English?

 

 

Kristina made its English-language debut in concert form at Carnegie Hall, New York in September 2009. That concert was recorded and has since been released on CD. The same concert was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April 2010. It seems that in the era of light-hearted jukebox musicals like Mamma Mia!, or modern musicals using hip-hop and popular music styles like Hamilton, producers aren't interested in a four-hour epic about Swedish immigrants.

 


Will Benny and Björn write a new musical?

 

 

Benny wrote music and Björn the lyrics for a musical play, Hjälp sökes (Help wanted) which premiered in Stockholm in February 2013. A cast recording CD was released in April 2014. As of early 2016 they are talking about writing one more musical together. In Summer 2022 a new show, Pippi på cirkus (Pippi [Longstoking] at the circus), will open in Stockholm, with lyrics by Björn and music written by others, including one by Benny.

 


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