With ‘ABBA: The Album’, Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Frida shook up their winning formula and set themselves on a new creative path.
Now synonymous with Christmas, ‘I Have A Dream’ found ABBA creating a timeless ballad that pointed towards Benny and Björn’s musical-theatre work.
Who doesn’t have a big, red, glowing soft spot for the best Christmas pop songs? Here’s a run down of the Christmas crackers you can’t do without.
Their final album together – though not their closing chapter – ‘The Visitors’ broke rank with the past and brought the news that ABBA fans feared.
Released as the first taster from the ‘Prism’ album, ‘Dark Horse’ revealed that Katy Perry was committed to taking her music in new directions.
Unashamedly sleazy, ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’ harnessed the new rules of the dancefloor to create “a soundtrack to a striptease clip joint”.
In a career that has ranged from country protégé to pop powerhouse within a decade, the best Taylor Swift songs show a true artist controlling her destiny.
With ‘Enrique’, Enrique Iglesias made his long-awaited crossover into the English-language market, proving he could dominate two worlds at once.
Assembled from a year’s worth of separate projects, ‘Body Talk’ found Robyn hitting remarkable highs throughout a stunningly creative period.
Fusing high-street glamour with kitchen-sink creativity, ‘Dare’ turned The Human League into world-conquering synth-pop pioneers.
Helping to reboot ‘MTV Unplugged’ for a new generation, Katy Perry used the opportunity to reveal the true extent of her songcraft.
Featuring a solo version of ABBA’s Fernando, along with covers of David Bowie, The Beach Boys and 10cc, ‘Frida Ensam’ is a pop album touched with ABBA magic.
There was be no better pop album in 2017 than Taylor Swift’s bold and confrontational ‘Reputation’: yet another peak in a career that just keeps rising.
‘Forever’ was a tough title to live up to. As Spice Girls’ final album, it found them moving into new territory even as they drifted apart.
With infectious attitude, bags of drive, and no shortage of hits Spice Girls’ debut album took their message of empowerment around the world.