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Mamma Mia, Here ABBA Go Again

One of the group’s best-known songs became a US top 40 hit during the American bicentennial.

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In 1976, ABBA were expanding in all directions, and on the Billboard Hot 100 for 22 May, they took their next step in the American market. As Wings flew to No. 1 with ‘Silly Love Songs,’ as the top ten featured Henry Gross singing the sublime ‘Shannon’ and Dorothy Moore’s world turning ‘Misty Blue.’ Meanwhile, the Swedish quartet’s ‘Mamma Mia’ made its chart debut at No. 83.

As in many countries, ABBA had hit the top ten in America with their Eurovision smash ‘Waterloo’ in 1974, then followed it with a top 30 appearance for ‘Honey, Honey.’ The next year, they reached No. 15 with ‘SOS’ (which as all good chart buffs know, is the only American hit on which both the title and the artist are palindromes).

ABBA Mamma MiaNo. 15 was also the peak position in the US for ‘I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do,’ which was in its 15th and final week on the chart as ‘Mamma Mia’ took its bow, more than a year after it first appeared on the ABBA album. The song, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus with the group’s manager Stig Anderson, was released as a single in some territories in September 1975, and by early 1976 it was topping the UK charts, replacing Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’

After its belated US release and from its modest start, ‘Mamma Mia’ leapt 20 places in its second chart week there, and entered the top 40 in its fifth. It ran out of steam at No. 32 in the week of the American bicentennial, but over time, of course, the song would become one of ABBA’s most-recognised songs — so much so that it became the title of the musical and, subsequently, the films inspired by their awesome catalogue.

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9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. W X Willoughby

    May 25, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Just love ABBA!! #1 Group in the World*

  2. sigurd innanfors

    December 22, 2015 at 3:23 am

    abba no.1

  3. tini

    December 22, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    still loving this music, thoug my own years pass ABBA wiil stay as my favouret.

  4. Lee

    December 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Words simply cannot describe the emotion filled sensations of laughter and love that are experienced when listening to ABBA’s music. It’s almost as if we were physically traveling back in time!

  5. Eva Lucak

    May 22, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    You are beautiful people, you have the best music, you gave a wonderful gift for people who present to humans is ABBA. I love you ABBA, Agnetha Fältskog’re my idol all my life

  6. Andhityas Cintya Widianna

    November 24, 2016 at 5:32 am

    YOU’RE LEGENDS!

  7. Andhityas Cintya Widianna

    November 24, 2016 at 5:34 am

    Bond Quartet & ABBA is my lovely idol in my heart… I LOVE THEM NO 1 BIG FANS OF THEM!!

  8. bodziol1

    January 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    ABBA is the BEST number One

  9. Jorge

    January 10, 2017 at 1:13 am

    ABBA, four extraordinary and lovely music artists that people will always remember…

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