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Over 30 years has passed since ABBA last sang together. The quartet recently united at a private party in Sweden to mark the 50th anniversary of the bands inception. They surprised fans with an impromptu performance of their single, “The Way Old Friends Do.”
The band called it quits in 1982 and haven’t performed together since 1986. They even turned down a billion-dollar tour deal in 2000.
The group’s iconic, disco hippie look of bell bottoms, beards and voluminous hair captured the young adult experience of the 1970s, but little did they know their music would continue to resonate with the young adults that came much later. Here are six ABBA songs that continue to speak to our awkward stage of life decades after their initial release.
Lyrics that speak to us: “You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life. See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen.”
Everyone has had some moment when they were at a party feeling good, dancing with their arms in the air. We have all felt like a dancing queen (or king) at some point, as everyone crowded around us while we dropped it low on the dance floor. Or we might have literally dropped and fell over because we couldn’t really remember the day after. All we know is we had a great time!
Lyrics that speak to us: “All the things I could do if I had a little money. It’s a rich man’s world.”
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Who doesn’t wake up singing this to themselves everyday? With school fees, textbooks, and adult responsibilities weighing heavily on us, we all know we’d be much happier if we just had a little more money. About $1 billion would work just fine.
Lyrics that speak to us: “If you change your mind, I’m the first in line. Honey I’m still free, take a chance on me.”
Your crush just broke up with their significant other. Now’s your chance to break out this song and tell them how you really feel. Get yourself out the friendzone and convince your crush to take a chance on you. You’re just as amazing as anyone else they would date, except you use ABBA music to serenade them. Think this will work on Nick Jonas at the iHeartRadio MMVAs?
Lyrics that speak to us: “I’d heard about you before. I wanted to know some more.”
There comes a time when you meet someone that really sparks your interest. Maybe it is someone from one of your classes, Tinder or your new next door neighbour. Either way, you want to get to know them better. This song is for when you’re sitting on cloud nine wondering why you ever dated losers before meeting this person. All you want to do is call you new beau your honey.
Lyrics that speak to us: “Mamma mia, here I go again. My my, how can I resist you?”
When you see your ex for the first time since your break up, it’s never a good encounter. It’s awkward and sometimes very painful. What’s even worse is when you still have feelings for them and they all come rushing back. The nostalgia is hard to resist at these times of weakness. “Why did we break up?” you think to yourself, “I want them back.” Push those Mamma Mia feelings away and save yourself the heartbreak.
Lyrics that speak to us: “I believe in angels, something good in everything I see.”
This song is basically every young adults’ view of world before going to post-secondary and realizing the value of a dollar. Remember when your parents used to pay for everything and movies made college seem like an all-day party? That might have been fun in your high school fantasies, but reality will eventually hit. And it will hit you hard in the from of student loans and useless textbooks. Good thing we have ABBA to help us remember the simple times.