If it wasn't obvious by now, ABBA is still slowly but surely taking over the world. From the masterpiece that was this summer’s “Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again”, to London’s new ABBA-themed restaurant and Cher’s comeback fuelled by her covers of ABBA songs, which was at their height during the 70s, has never been more prevalent.
So why is ABBA slowly taking over the world with a comeback that could kill?
Arguably, ABBA is one of the first perfect pop bands that paved the way for the genre to really sprout its wings in the 80s. The band had a distinct sound that featured upbeat guitar strumming, catchy, although sometimes nonsensical, lyrics and a new technique called double-tracking which helped make the band sound fuller than had ever been done. ABBA invented a new type of song, one that was both cheery yet also richly emotional.
And, on top of everything, ABBA is still culturally relevant. As the pop music of today is just merely reproducing the same style, fans of the genre are looking into the past.
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Their hits have become canon in not only niche circles, but amongst all peoples of all nations. Songs like “Super Trouper” and “Dancing Queen” offer themes of empowerment whereas “Mamma Mia” and “One of Us” speak to a more vulnerable struggle. Falling in love can hurt, but “Waterloo” and “Voulez-Vous” have the melodic power to mend the cracks in any bleeding heart. Furthermore, if you want to get put in your bag, then take a listen to “Andante, Andante” or “Slipping Through My Fingers.” The cultured ABBA listener will understand that there is a song for every emotion, traditional or nuanced.
All in all, the music of this iconic 70s band is ready to be rediscovered by the generations of today. Their message is powerful and tenderly felt in an increasingly polarized world. ABBA is not just a band for the Swedes but a band for the citizens of the world throughout all times and all places.
Andrew is a sophomore International Relations and English double major.