by Katherine Zhu ‘25
Published Dec. 1st, 2021
If you’ve ever watched Mamma Mia! or heard “Dancing Queen” on the radio, you have ABBA to thank.
ABBA is a four member Swedish pop group consisting of Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. The group’s name is an acronym for the members’ first initials.
The band first rose to fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 with “Waterloo.” They quickly became a pop sensation, releasing hits like “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight),” which climbed the charts in many countries in and outside Europe.
ABBA made a total of eight albums from 1973 to 1981, but in 1982, they took a break and stopped making music.
However, after 40 years, ABBA is back with a new album, titled Voyage. It was released on November 5, 2021, with three of the songs as pre-released singles.
Voyage has a distinctly different sound than previous ABBA albums. Although their previous albums discuss the same things as their latest album, Voyage tells it in a more mature way. Voyage also has more ballads, compared to the upbeat nature of earlier songs.
Additionally, ABBA manages to keep the feeling of nostalgia while simultaneously distancing it from 70s music. It is obvious that there is less influence from rock and disco in these songs, but Faltskog and Lyngstad’s voices combined still invoke incredible nostalgia.
Voyage was extremely well received. In a New York Times interview, Andersson comments, “What is there to prove? They’ll still play ‘Dancing Queen’ next year.”
It’s true: ABBA doesn’t need to worry about their reputation, despite being in such a competitive industry. Songs from 40 years ago are still being played now, movies have been made with ABBA as the soundtrack, and they even have their own mus