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The Name Of The Game Was Another ABBA No. 1

By late 1977, the Swedish quartet were on an unstoppable roll, especially in the UK.

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ABBA‘s international fortunes had been somewhat faltering after their Eurovision triumph with ‘Waterloo’ in 1974. But by late ’77, they were on an unstoppable roll, especially in the UK, as they notched their sixth No. 1 single, and fifth from their last six releases, with ‘The Name Of The Game.’

That sequence started with ‘Mamma Mia’ and continued with ‘Fernando,’ ‘Dancing Queen’ and ‘Knowing Me, Knowing You,’ and was only interrupted by ‘Money Money Money’ peaking at No. 3, rather surprisingly for what has become a real theme song for the Swedish pop champions.

This new, atmospheric number, written as so often by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus with band manager Stig Andersson, was the first to be composed for their next LP, simply called The Album. The song became a top ten single in many countries, including Germany, Holland, Australia and indeed Sweden. It fared well in the States, with a No. 12 peak and a top ten placing on the Adult Contemporary chart there. But it was in the UK that ‘The Name Of The Game’ really enhanced ABBA’s ever-growing reputation as the premier hitmakers of the era.

The track entered the British singles countdown at a relatively modest No. 20, but a week later it raced to No. 5, with the summit in its sights. On 5 November 1977, it unseated another, infinitely more fleeting European pop favourite, Baccara’s ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ to begin a triumphant month at No. 1. What’s more, ‘The Name Of The Game’ whetted the British appetite for The Album, which landed on the chart early in 1978 and posted seven straight weeks at the top.

After covers of ‘The Name Of The Game’ by such artists as Any Trouble in 1980 and Martha Wainwright in 1999, the song was given another update in 2018 when Cher remade it for her ABBA-inspired Dancing Queen album.

‘The Name Of The Game’ is on The Album, which can be bought here.

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11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. S.Vasudevan

    November 9, 2015 at 7:10 am

    I love ABBA

    • basil alany

      November 9, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      I remember all my best memory with lovely days when I hear your songs

  2. OLGA MIELOTTIMOS DOIS EU AMO O GRUPO ABBA.

    November 9, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    SOMOS DOIS EU AMO O GRUPO ABBA.

  3. António Esteves

    November 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Este foi o grupo que mais me marcou. Sem dúvida o melhor

  4. roseline

    November 9, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    COUCOU.
    J’ADORE le groupe ABBA, je les écoute très souvent surtout dans ma voiture. Dommage qu’il ne fasse pas un nouveau C.D. Personne ne peut et ne pourra les remplacer car ils sont uniques. Ils me manquent BEAUCOUP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. JOSEPH

    November 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    the group of abba is my favorous ,chikitita,fernando etc is my

  6. Kees Koks

    April 19, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    I am glad that it goes well with Agneta. Abba was my music. Shame it had to stop. I’d like to hear more.
    “The winner takes it all” was a sad song for me because it went to the end.

    Lots of love for the whole group.
    Regards,
    Kees

  7. carlos paya

    November 7, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Para mi fue uno de los mejores grupos de musica pop.

  8. Marina

    November 6, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    I really, really love ABBA
    I love them as clean air, as everything beautiful in life
    and this is for life!

  9. Marina

    November 6, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    Thank You For The Music!!!!!!

  10. Andrew Crawford

    November 12, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    26 Singles issued in the UK, 9 Number One Singles, 19 Top Ten Singles, 25 Top 40 Singles & only One non chart single, So Long & ABBA called it a day, many a band would be happy with a quarter of what ABBA had but yet still exist. What a legacy

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