With ‘ABBA: The Album’, Benny, Björn, Agnetha and Frida shook up their winning formula and set themselves on a new creative path.
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.
Now synonymous with Christmas, ‘I Have A Dream’ found ABBA creating a timeless ballad that pointed towards Benny and Björn’s musical-theatre work.
Their final album together – though not their closing chapter – ‘The Visitors’ broke rank with the past and brought the news that ABBA fans feared.
Unashamedly sleazy, ‘Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret’ harnessed the new rules of the dancefloor to create “a soundtrack to a striptease clip joint”.
With ‘Enrique’, Enrique Iglesias made his long-awaited crossover into the English-language market, proving he could dominate two worlds at once.
Capturing the Swedish four-piece in their prime, ‘Live At Wembley Arena’ album proves that ABBA were masters of the stage and the studio.
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.
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.
With characteristic ambition, Lady Gaga launched ‘ARTPOP’ into the world, declaring that her most complex work yet “could mean anything”.
‘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.
From his Soft Cell Days with Dave Ball, to recordings with Nico, Siouxsie Sioux and the Rossiya Orchestra, Marc Almond has always embraced collaboration.
Hot off the back of their debut album, and with a film in the making, too, ‘Spiceworld’ turned Spice Girls into the biggest band on the planet.
After the 70s party, ‘Super Trouper’ boasted introspective ballads such as ‘The Winner Takes It All’, finding ABBA retooling themselves for a new decade.