The irresistible song became an international hit and gave ABBA their first UK No.1 single.
The songwriter says the UK regarded ABBA's winning entry as the biggest threat to its own, by Olivia Newton-John.
The ABBA Eurovision performance of ‘Waterloo’ has gone down in history as the competition’s most iconic moment, and one of the group’s finest hours.
The international song competition will serve as a trial for large-scale events.
With hints of everything that would follow, ABBA’s debut album found the group refining their skills en route to greatness.
Chiefly remembered for its era-defining lead single, the ‘Waterloo’ album found ABBA hitting all their targets and storming charts around the world.
Secret Garden are a new age duo comprised of Fionnuala Sherry and Rolf Løvland who achieved instant fame after their 1995 Eurovision win
In one of the closest competitions in recent years, the battle for top spot was a tight fight between Sweden, the Netherlands, Russia, Switzerland, Italy and North Macedonia.
The event will be broadcast on BBC One between 8pm and 11.40pm (BST) this evening.
Twenty countries have won through the selection heats and join the pre-qualified ‘Big Five’ countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, in addition to this year’s host country Israel.
Eurovision 2018 “chose different” this year, handing the win to Israel’s Netta Barzilai.
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August 1974 and America welcome New Scandinavian Sensations Abba and Waterloo to No.6 on the Billboard chart