At the very centre of ABBA‘s incredible worldwide appeal was the intricate vocal interplay between their two female leads Agnetha and Frida. The voices of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad complemented each other so perfectly that many of their best-known songs, from their breakthrough hit ‘Waterloo’ onwards, featured both of them on joint lead vocals.
But ABBA’s vast catalogue, amassed during their decade or so of active service, is also full of songs that featured either Agnetha or Frida as sole lead vocalist. Today we turn our attention to the recordings that put Agnetha in the spotlight, as uDiscover Music presents a playlist of 20 of her lead performances, both on hit singles and favourite album tracks.
Presented in alphabetical order, the list begins with ‘As Good As New,’ the opening song from 1979’s Voulez-Vous album. Her lead on ‘Chiquitita’ is of course widely known, as are other international hits such as ‘The Day Before You Came,’ ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),’ ‘Lay All Your Love On Me,’ ‘SOS,’ ‘The Winner Takes It All’ and ‘Thank You For The Music.’ The list also includes later and sometimes under-appreciated singles such as ‘One Of Us,’ ‘Under Attack’ and ‘Head Over Heels.
LP tracks adorned with Agnetha’s lead vocals include ‘I’ve Been Waiting For You,’ from 1975’s ABBA, ‘Kisses Of Fire’ from Voulez-Vous and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers’ and ‘Soldiers,’ both from the group’s final studio album, 1981’s The Visitors. And the playlist wouldn’t be complete without the only song in the entire ABBA songbook of officially released material on which she has a songwriting credit: ‘Disillusion,’ for which she wrote the music and Björn Ulvaeus the words, from the quartet’s 1973 debut Ring Ring.
Follow the official ABBA Best Of playlist.