FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)  Frequently asked questions

What does ABBA mean?

Which A and which B represent which member?

How old are the ABBA members?

How many albums did ABBA release?

How many ABBA songs are there?

What are ABBA's biggest selling album and single?

Who sings lead on a particular song?

What year did ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest?

Where can I write to the ABBA members?

What ABBA concert films are available?

Where can I buy official ABBA merchandise?

Why won't ABBA or Universal Music release more ABBA songs from the vaults?

Why won't ABBA release their recording of 'Just Like That'?

What will it take for an ABBA reunion?

Are ABBA records without the backwards B logo rare and valuable?

Where can I find lyrics to ABBA's songs?

Where can I download ABBA songs?

How much are ABBA autographs worth?

I have a rare memorabilia item I'd like to sell to a deserving fan, where can I advertise it?

How much is this piece of memorabilia worth?

What's the story about the unreleased album Opus 10?

Will Agnetha record again?

Will Frida record again?

When will Benny and Björn's musical Kristina från Duvemåla be staged in English?

Will Benny and Björn write a new musical?

 


What does ABBA mean?

 

 

ABBA is an acronym of the initials of the four members' first names: Anni-Frid (Frida) Lyngstad, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog.

  


Which A and which B represent which member?

 

 

There is no official order for the names. In different interviews or introductions over the years, either Agnetha or Frida would be identified as the first or last A, the same for Björn and Benny.

In the early days when the group was known by their first names, the billing was Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid (later Frida). In the opening titles of ABBA - The Movie in 1977, the order of names was Anni-Frid, Benny, Björn, Agnetha. The Offiicial International ABBA Fan Club in an earlier incarnation listed the names Agnetha, Benny, Björn, Frida.

 


How old are the ABBA members?

 

 

Björn is the oldest, born 25 April 1945 (making him 72). Frida is next oldest, born 15 November 1945 (72). Benny was born 16 December 1946 (71), while Agnetha is the youngest of the four, born 5 April 1950 (67).

 


How many albums did ABBA release?

 

 

ABBA released eight studio albums:
Ring Ring (1973)
Waterloo (1974)
ABBA (1975)
Arrival (1976)
ABBA - The Album (1977)
Voulez-Vous (1979)
Super Trouper (1980)
The Visitors (1981)
In 1980 they recorded an album of Spanish-language versions of their hits, Gracias Por La Música.
During the group's lifetime, three "official" compilations were released:
Greatest Hits (1975)
Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (1979)
ABBA - The Singles - The First Ten Years (1982).

There have been innumerable compilations released around the world. Check the Discs section for a selection of compilations.

 


How many ABBA songs are there?

 

 

During their time together ABBA released 98 unique songs (97 in English, 1 only in Swedish), plus four alternate mixes, 3 Swedish versions, 3 German versions, 1 French version and 14 Spanish versions.

Since the group ended another 3 complete songs have been released, plus another Spanish version, one alternate recording of a released song, three further alternate mixes, and two medleys of snippets of previously unreleased songs. This does not count the myriad of edited versions to either shorten or lengthen a song without altering the mix - at last count there were 80 or so of these.

See the Songs section for more details.

 


What are ABBA's biggest selling album and single?

 

 

ABBA's biggest selling album is the 1992 compilation ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits, which is reported to have sold over 29 million copies. Super Trouper is thought to be ABBA's biggest selling studio album. The biggest selling single worldwide is 'Dancing Queen' closely followed by 'Fernando'.

 


Who sings lead on a particular song?

 

 

Check the Who sings which song? page.

 


What year did ABBA win the Eurovision Song Contest?

 

 

ABBA won the contest on 6 April 1974 with 'Waterloo'.

In 1973 Björn, Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frida, as the group was then known, entered 'Ring Ring' in Melodifestivalen (the Melody Festival), the Swedish heats for the Eurovision Song Contest. It came third.

 


Where can I write to the ABBA members?

 

 

You can write the any of the ABBA members c/-:

Universal Music AB
Box 55777
114 83 Stockholm
Sweden

Mono Music AB
Södra Brobänken 41 A
Skeppsholmen 111 49
Stockholm
Sweden

Agnetha Fältskog Produktion
Södra Brobänken 41 A
Skeppsholmen 111 49
Stockholm
Sweden 

Please note that Agnetha is no longer answering correspondence. Anything sent to Agnetha for autographs will be returned unsigned.

For Mamma Mia! related correspondence:

Littlestar Services  Ltd
6 Fareham St
London
W1D 3BD UK 

If you are a member of the Official International ABBA Fan Club, you can send a letter to the club, who will forward it on.

However I can't guarantee that you will get a reply, or how long a reply may take.

 


What ABBA concert films are available?

 

 

There are two available on DVD:

ABBA - The Movie, a 90 minute cinema documentary filmed during ABBA's March 1977 tour in Australia.

ABBA In Concert, filmed for a one hour television special at Wembley Arena in London in November 1979.

There are no films of complete concerts available. Director Lasse Hallström has said that over 50 hours of footage was shot on the Australian tour, but in various interviews over the years he has said that either the footage is in storage somewhere waiting to be found, or was destroyed when the film was completed. Apparently in preparation for filming the Australian tour, one concert at London's Royal Albert Hall was filmed, but it is not known how much was filmed or what became of this film. Similarly, director Urban Lasson has said that the only songs filmed at Wembley were the songs required for the television special (and portions of 'Thank You For THe Music', pieced together for the ABBA In Concert DVD), and no other film exists.

 


Where can I buy official ABBA merchandise?

 

 

You can buy a limited range of official merchandise from ABBA | The official site and ABBA The Museum. The ABBA Fan Club Shop has other merchandise available, and The Second Hand ABBA Store has many vintage collectibles.

 


Why won't ABBA or Universal Music release more ABBA songs from the vaults?

 

 

ABBA, particularly Benny and Björn as the songwriters and producers, are reluctant to release unissued songs, feeling that if they weren't good enough to release at the time, they're still not good enough now. They did relent in 1993 to allow the inclusion of 'I Am The City' on More ABBA Gold - More ABBA Hits, and in 1994 when several songs were released for the first time, some in full, but many in truncated form in the 'ABBA Undeleted' medleyon the Thank You For The Music box set. In 2012 another medley of unreleased recordings was released, 'From A Twinking Star To A Passing Angel' on The Visitors Deluxe Edition, featuring several different recordings of 'Like An Angel Passing Through My Room'.

 


Why won't ABBA release their recording of 'Just Like That'?

 

 

Björn and Benny have stated that they feel that the Gemini version, recorded for that duo's self-titled album in 1985, is the final version of the song with that title, and they can't have two similar but different songs with the same title. Despite many excuses given, the most compelling is the simple fact that they don't want to release it.

Almost all of the components of ABBA's version of 'Just Like That' have seen the light of day in other songs: a guitar riff from an early mix became part of the verse melody of 'Under Attack'; most of the chorus was used in the Gemini version; the original verse was used in 'Glöm mig om du kan' in the 2002 Swedish production of Benny and Björn's musical Chess.

 


What will it take for an ABBA reunion?

 

 

It's highly unlikely that we will ever see a public ABBA reunion. When the group has performed together since coming to an end in 1982, it has been for private purposes, ranging from singing 'Tivedshambo' for a Stig Anderson television tribute in 1986, to singing for their friend and business associate Görel Hanser for her 50th birthday in June 1999.

Agnetha, Frida, Benny and Björn did appear together at the Stockholm premiere of the film Mamma Mia! in July 2008, and were photographed with the film's major cast and creative team. Benny, Frida and Björn were photographed together for ABBA - The Official Photo Book in May 2013, a day after the offiical opening of ABBA The Musuem - had Agnetha not been in London promoting her solo album, who knows if she might have joined them.

Björn, Frida, Agnetha and Benny all attended the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party at Gröna Lund in Stockholm in January 2016, briefly standing together on a small stage posing for guests in attendance. In June the same year, at a party celebrating the 50th anniversary of Björn and Benny's first meeting, Frida and Agnetha took to the stage to sing 'The Way Old Friends Do' in tribute, and following the song the two men joined them onstage to thank them for the moving performance.

A new project is currently under development, which will have hologram versions of ABBA performing in front of a live band. All four are involved in the creation of this project.

 


Are ABBA records without the backwards B logo rare and valuable?

 

  No. The ABBA logo with the first B reversed was introduced in July 1976, and first appeared on the 'Dancing Queen' single sleeve. All records released before that, and even some after, had ABBA written normally.
ABBA

There is one exception: the Australian 'Dancing Queen' single sleeve, which appeared with both the ABBA logo and ABBA written normally. However, the sleeve with ABBA written normally is not all that rare or valuable - rumours that there are only three copies worth hundred or thousands of dollars are false.

 


Where can I find lyrics to ABBA's songs?

 

 

You can find ABBA lyrics on many ABBA websites, though many of them have some incorrect words due to the songs being transcribed by listeners - see the Links section. Lyrics to all of ABBA's released songs can be found on ABBA | The official site.

 


Where can I download ABBA songs?

 

 

You can purchase ABBA songs from iTunes or listen on subscriber service Spotify.

 


How much are ABBA autographs worth?

 

 

That's hard to say. With the advent of eBay and other online auction sites, the price of autographs has increased. These days a full set will probably set you back around US$1,000, individual autographs can sell for US$300.

Beware that there are more forged autographs available these days than genuine ones. A Certificate of Authenticity is no guarantee that autographs are authentic - often that can be seen as a sign that the autographs are fake.

Here are examples of ABBA's autographs, circa 1976 and 2013:

ABBA autographs 1976

ABBA autographs 2013


I have a rare memorabilia item I'd like to sell to a deserving fan, where can I advertise it?

 

 

eBay is easily the most popular site for selling memorabilia, but it's often flooded with thousands of items at any one time. Two groups on Facebook allow fans to buy, sell, or trade merchandise: ABBAtrade and ABBA Trading Post

 


How much is this piece of memorabilia worth?

 

 

It's hard to say what any particular piece of merchandise may be worth. There is no real price guide for ABBA memorabilia, and prices fluctuate with supply and demand. Generally an item is worth whatever someone will pay. I suggest check eBay or other auction sites or the Facebook groups ABBAtrade and ABBA Trading Post to get an idea of what your item might be worth.

 


What's the story about the unreleased album Opus 10?

 

 

There was no planned ABBA album titled Opus 10. There is a long complex story behind this mythical unreleased album.

In mid-1981, a journalist from Swedish newspaper Expressen visited ABBA in the studio during sessions for what would become The Visitors album, titling the subsequent story "Now ABBA are recording their tenth album". His reasoning being it was the tenth ABBA album since the first in 1973, including the two greatest hits volumes (but excluding the collection of Spanish recordings Gracias Por La Musica). Jokingly this "tenth" album was dubbed "Opus 10" in the article.

Over the years the myth grew. First "Opus 10" was rumoured to have been a working title for The Visitors, which would have had an instrumental title track - the demo recording known as 'Nationalsång' which has surfaced on bootleg tapes and CDs. Then it became the alleged title of the unfinished 1982 album. Due to repetition and publication of this "fact" in several sources it has become "truth". It was even referred to in Agnetha's authorised biographical book As I Am as "the cancelled ABBA album".

 


Will Agnetha record again?

 

 

Agnetha released her 10th solo album A on 10 May 2013. There is no news of any further recording plans.

 


Will Frida record again?

 

 

Frida has recorded a new song '1865' with her Swiss friend Dan Daniell, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first successful assent of the Matterhorn, near their hometown Zermatt. It is released on 13 February 2015. In 2016 she recorded a version of ABBA's 'Andante, Andante' with Cuban-American jazz trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, which is expected to be on his next album. Originally due in February 2017, the album is still not completed and a release date has not been announced.

 


When will Benny and Björn's musical Kristina från Duvemåla be staged in English?

 

 

Kristina made its English-language debut in concert form at Carnegie Hall, New York in September 2009. That concert was recorded and has since been released on CD. The same concert was performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London in April 2010.

 


Will Benny and Björn write a new musical?

 

 

Benny has written music and Björn the lyrics for a new musical play, Hjälp sökes (Help wanted) which premiered in Stockholm in February 2013. A cast recording CD was released in April 2014. As of early 2016 they are talking about writing one more musical together.

 


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