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"ABBA" (1972–1982) was a Swedish pop music group.

ABBA remains the most successful act ever to come from Scandinavia. The group topped worldwide charts during the mid-to-late 1970s and gained widespread airplay during the early 1980s, selling many hit singles and albums. Indeed, the group sold "more than 300 million records, all but one being self-penned."

They were the first act from the European continent to become a regular fixture on the charts of the anglophonic world (Britain, North America, and Australia), and their success subsequently opened the doors for many other European acts. Their lasting legacy is the legitimisation of the Swedish music industry as a mainstream player.


Benny Andersson was a member of the Swedish light/alternative rock/pop band Hep Stars who were very popular in Sweden during the 1960s. The band was modelled after various US and UK groups such as Herman's Hermits, The Who and The Rolling Stones. The Hep Stars had a huge following, especially among teenage girls. Meanwhile Björn Ulvaeus was fronting a skiffle group called the Hootenanny Singers whose sound was softer and more easy-listening than the Hep Stars. The singers cr...

origin Stockholm, Sweden
years active 1972-1982
music genre Rock (music)
biggest record Dancing Queen (1977) biggest record = Arrival
The Album (ABBA album)
past members Benny Andersson
Agnetha Fältskog
Anni-Frid Lyngstad
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