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Postby Benny » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:37 pm

This will probably not interest many people but I will do it nevertheless :lol:

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Postby Benny » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:37 pm

Singles that missed the top 40:

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Ring Ring
Waterloo
Honey Honey
So Long
I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do
Does Your Mother Know
I Have A Dream
Under Attack (which is the single with the worst cover photo in the history of music :lol: )

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Postby Wardo » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:39 pm

Nice! I'm super curious about your Top 5 ABBA songs.
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Postby Benny » Fri Sep 20, 2013 8:43 pm

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40. The Name Of The Game (1977, first single release from "The Album")
UK #1 (4x), Belgium #2, Ireland #2, Netherlands #2, Sweden #2, Norway #3, South Africa #3, New Zealand #4, Zimbabwe #4, Finland #5, Australia #6, Switzerland #6, Germany #7, Mexico #10, US #12

39. The King Has Lost His Crown (1979, album track from "Voulez-Vous")

38. Elaine (1980, b-side to "The Winner Takes It All")

37. Soldiers (1981, album track from "The Visitors")

36. Thank You For The Music (1978, taken from "The Album", released as a single in some territories in 1978 and in the UK in 1983)
South Africa #2 (1978), UK # 33 (1983)
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Postby NothingFails » Sat Sep 21, 2013 2:41 am

Good list. Nothing in those five that stands out as uber-faves from them but nothing I dislike either.
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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:31 am

Ah, I'm excited for this! Let me check out the first five.

The Name of the Game: 9/10 - Wow, this was really good! Quality production and great lyrics.

The King Has Lost His Crown: 8.5/10 - Ugh, their music is so good! :lol: I can't really say anything negative about this. The delivery was really quirky in parts.

Elaine: 9/10 - So catchy! Really, they have so few bad songs. :lol:

Soldiers: 8/10 - Really good track. Not quite as incredible as some of the other songs in their discography though.

Thank You For The Music: 10/10 - OMG, much thanks for charting this! I have not heard this in ages! I remember hearing it as a kid growing up and not knowing who was the act that recorded it but then not caring either, only caring about how much I loved it! Ah, the nostalgia! :cry:
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Postby Mikerocha » Sun Sep 22, 2013 3:34 am

Nice list. I love "Under Attack" though :lol: but I agree the cover is weird. Like the girls don't even look like themselves? :lol:
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Postby Benny » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:01 am

Mikerocha wrote:Nice list. I love "Under Attack" though :lol: but I agree the cover is weird. Like the girls don't even look like themselves? :lol:
:lol: They should have sued the photographer!

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Postby Spartan » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:57 pm

Aside from Gold and a couple of randoms I need to check out some ABBA songs, so I'll go by your list.
The Name Of The Game: not my favourite single of theirs but still good.
The King Has Lost His Crown: OMFG loved it, especially the chorus.
Elaine: great, the chorus will be stuck in my head for ages!
Soldiers: yeah, not their best but still nice.
Thank You For The Music: in my Top 3 ABBA songs of all-time. Perfection.
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Postby navi » Mon Sep 23, 2013 12:20 pm

ABBA were my first favourite band as a kid, and i feel nostalgic when i hear them.
Ring ring and Does your mother know will be in my top 20 if i doing my own ABBA chart.
My top 3 are Eagle, Knowing me knowing you and the Name of the game. We will see if we match (sadly one's got away).
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Postby Benny » Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:56 pm

Thanks for the comments :P
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Postby Benny » Mon Sep 23, 2013 4:57 pm

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35. Slipping Through My Fingers (1981, album track from "The Visitors")

34. Head Over Heels (1982, second single release from "The Visitors" in Europe)
Belgium #2, Netherlands #4, Austria #8, France #10, Germany #19, UK #25

33. Hole In Your Soul (1978, album track from "The Album")

32. Our Last Summer (1980, album track from "Super Trouper")

31. I Let The Music Speak (1981, album track from "The Visitors")
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Postby Wardo » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:54 pm

I checked your links and my favourites gotta be Hole In Your Soul and The Name Of the Game.

Now that album cover... scary! :o
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Postby Benny » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:06 pm

Wardo wrote:Now that album cover... scary! :o
:lol: It was the cover to their very last single "Under Attack" in late 1982 which was a flop by their standards. :wink:
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Postby Spartan » Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:15 pm

Slipping Through My Fingers is nice enough, strong message behind the song.
Head Over Heals is pretty cool.
Hole In Your Soul - wow a bit more rockier for ABBA. They do well with the vocals but it's not catchy enough for my liking.
Our Last Summer is gorgeous.
I Let The Music Speak - really quite atmospheric and different from what I've heard of them but it's a great song!
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Postby Benny » Wed Sep 25, 2013 4:57 pm

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30. The Way Old Friends Do (1980, album track from "Super Trouper")

29. Dreamworld (1978, unreleased until 1994)

28. On And On And On (1980, taken from "Super Trouper", released as a single in some countries)
Australia #9

27. Summer Night City (1978, worldwide single)
Finland #1, Ireland #1 (1x), Sweden #1 (1x), Belgium #2, Norway #3, Zimbabwe #4, Netherlands #5, Switzerland #5, UK #5, Germany #6, Mexico #10, Japan #24

26. The Visitors (1981, a single release in the US from the album of the same name)
US #63
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Postby vinnie65 » Fri Sep 27, 2013 8:14 am

I like especially The Name Of The Game, Thank You For The Music, Summer Night City and On And On And On!

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Postby Grybop » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:56 pm

I love the videos you've chosen for some of the album tracks.
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Postby Benny » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:01 am

Grybop wrote:I love the videos you've chosen for some of the album tracks.
Thanks, the videos you are referring to are from a person called RJS, he/she really did a fantastic job.
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Postby Benny » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:18 pm

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25. Super Trouper (1980, second single release from the album of the same name)
Germany #1 (5x), Belgium #1 (4x), Ireland #1 (3x), UK #1 (3x), Netherlands #1 (2x), Norway #2, Austria #3, Mexico #3, Switzerland #3, France #4, Finland #5, Spain #8

24. Kisses Of Fire (1979, album track from "Voulez-Vous")

23. Happy New Year (1980, album track from "Super Trouper", released as a single in some countries in 1999 and as a download)
Sweden #4 (2004), Norway #5 (2009), Netherlands #8 (2011)

22. Fernando (1976, worldwide single)
Australia #1 (14x), Switzerland #1 (11x), New Zealand #1 (9x), Austria #1 (8x), Germany #1 (7x), Ireland #1 (6x), South Africa #1 (6x), Mexico #1 (5x), UK #1 (4x), Belgium #1 (3x), France #1 (3x), Netherlands #1 (3x), Finland #2, Norway #2, Sweden #2, Zimbabwe #2, Spain #3, Canada #4, Italy #6, US #13

21. Cassandra (1982, b-side to "The Day Before You Came")
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Postby Wardo » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:27 pm

I'm dancing to On and On and On now! :lol:

Kisses Of Fire is pretty good, I didn't remember it! The beggining is so theatrical and suddenly it grows. I like when they sing 'kisses of fireee'.
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Postby Benny » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:34 pm

Wardo wrote:I'm dancing to On and On and On now! :lol:

Kisses Of Fire is pretty good, I didn't remember it! The beggining is so theatrical and suddenly it grows. I like when they sing 'kisses of fireee'.
:lol: Glad you like these! Best thing about "On And On And On" are the lyrics. I also like the beginning of "Kisses Of Fire" and how it suddenly turns into disco.
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Postby toni_pest » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:40 pm

Super Trouper and Fernando are classics, great songs! :D
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Postby Benny » Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:08 pm

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20. As Good As New (1979, taken from "Voulez-Vous", released as a single in Mexico)
Mexico #1 (2x)

19. Move On (1978, album track from "The Album)

18. Take A Chance On Me (1978, second single release from "The Album")
Mexico #1 (6x), Austria #1 (4x), UK #1 (3x), Belgium #1 (2x), Ireland #1 (1x), Netherlands #2, Zimbabwe #2, Canada #3, Germany #3, Switzerland #3, USA #3, South Africa #6, Norway #8, France #10

17. Voulez-Vous (1979, third single release from the album of the same name)
Belgium #1 (3x), Ireland #3, UK #3, Netherlands #4, France #9, Spain #9, Switzerland #9, Germany #14, Japan #18

16. One Of Us (1981, first single release from "The Visitors")
Belgium #1 (4x), Ireland #1 (4x), Netherlands #1 (2x), Germany #1 (1x), Austria #3, Switzerland #3, UK #3, South Africa #4, Norway #6, Spain #7, France #8
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Postby JSparksFan » Fri Oct 04, 2013 5:03 am

Slipping Through My Fingers: 7.5/10 - This was only slightly above average and we all know that ABBA are way above average in general. Good enough for an album track though.

Head Over Heels: 8/10 - Catchy chorus and solid track overall.

Hole In Your Soul: 8/10 - You'd never expect a song with such a title to be as light and fun as this one was. :lol: I enjoyed it.

Our Last Summer: 8/10 - I liked it when I first spun Super Trouper and it sounds just as good as the first time I heard it.

I Let The Music Speak: 7.5/10 - Good, but they have much better.

The Way Old Friends Do: 8.5/10 - I really like this song for some reason. I normally don't like live recordings but the girls' voices on this are incredible. The lyrics are great too.

Dreamworld: 7/10 - Good, but still a bit sub-par in comparison to the rest of their awesome material.

On and On and On: 7.5/10 - Catchy but the chorus is a bit repetitive.

Summer Night City: 8.5/10 - Interesting melody, strong chorus, and I love the summer vibe! Quality track!

The Visitors: 7.5/10 - The vocals in the beginning sound a bit off, but they get much better as the song progresses.

Super Trouper: 8/10 - Very good and an immediate joy to the ears.

Kisses of Fire: 8.5/10 - Killer chorus! Really loved it. Download-worthy for sure.

Happy New Year: 7.5/10 - Like with "On and On and On", this can get a bit irritating after repeated plays.

Fernando: 7.5/10 - Ah, this reminded me so much of Gaga's "Alejandro". Alas, I wasn't that impressed by it.

Cassandra: 7/10 - Good, but they're capable of better.

As Good as New: 8/10 - Ah, this was good! Loved the end.

Move On: 8/10 - Also good.

Take a Chance on Me: 8.5/10 - One of the best songs on its parent album.

Voulez-Vous: 8/10 - Pretty good on the first listen!

One of Us: 9.5/10 - Extremely relatable lyrics, beautiful melody, solid vocals! This is easily one of my favourite ABBA songs. :D
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