Sweden’s ABBA is undoubtedly one of the greatest pop sensations to have graced the scene. Rivaling mainly IKEA, the band is on top of the best things to come out of Sweden.
With an impressive run spanning from the 1970s to the early 1980s and a recent comeback in 2021, there’s certainly plenty within their discography to highlight.
Get ready to be transported back in time as we revisit the timeless hits, the new classics, and the memorable moments of ABBA’s musical journey.
ABBA’s Albums Ranked
Take it now or leave it, it’s “Voulez-Vous.” This was the sixth studio album from the group and went on to become one of their most hit-producing.
The title track is classic disco and brilliantly incorporates both traditional instruments such as the piano and the guitar, as well as the synthesizer.
“Does Your Mother Know” features Björn Ulvaeus as the lead vocalist, which was a break from the traditional female vocals.
Even though ABBA was a distinct product of Scandinavia, they were able to take command of crossover songs like the Spanish-infused “Chiquitita.”
This is an upbeat album that shows off ABBA’s capacity for dance tunes that never lose their fun.
The Visitors (1981)
“The Visitors” was ABBA’s final album before their 40-year retirement, and they went out with a bang.
This album is more somber and buttoned up than some of their looser, more exuberant work.
“The Visitors’” was also markedly different due to its themes on politics and totalitarianism. The title track is largely seen to be one of their darkest, and it speaks directly to the fear and isolation associated with conflict.
“Slipping Through My Fingers” is arguably the most melancholy tune, which was also made popular by its airtime in “Mamma Mia.”
The most popular track from “The Visitors” is: “The Visitors”
Here we go again with another ABBA classic. This self-titled album was their third studio release, and it contained their signature song, “Mamma Mia,” among other classics.
One song from this record, “SOS,” was so popular that it nearly single-handedly turned around ABBA’s declining chart numbers.
Of course, “Mamma Mia” was the song with the longest-staying power for the group.
This album let ABBA toy with new genres and instruments while staying true to the standard pop that brought them to where they were.
The most popular track from “ABBA” is: “Mamma Mia”
Super Trouper (1980)
“Super Trouper” was another fun one, but it, unfortunately, came about during a very-not-super great time for the band, as both marriages between the group had crumbled.
The title song is a sweet ballad about spotting a lover in the crowd, while “Lay All Your Love on Me” is a sultry diddy about saving your love for your one and only.
In contrast to the lightheartedness of some of the other tracks, “The Winner Take it All” strikes a more serious tone about the truths of love and life.
“Super Trouper” breaks from the group’s disco-era work and returns them to their pop/rock roots.
The most popular track from “Super Trouper” is: “The Winner Takes it All”
“Voyage” was ABBA’s long-awaited comeback after their four-decade hiatus.
“I Still Have Faith in You” starts off the album on a bittersweet note, and that theme carries on throughout.
“Little Things” is a cute, if not misplaced Christmas song on this album. ABBA also tries to get back to their pop fundamentals on “Don’t Shut Me Down.”
The album represents a matured –– and even aging –– ABBA looking back on their voyage through a stellar life and career.
The most popular track from “Voyage” is: “When You Danced With Me”
ABBA’s musical legacy has stood the test of time.
From the dancefloor-filling disco tunes of “Voulez-Vous” to the nostalgic ballads of “The Visitors” ABBA’s music continues to touch the hearts of fans old and new.
As we reflect on the ranked albums, it’s evident that ABBA is one of the greatest pop bands of all time.
Don’t forget to put on your dancing shoes and sing along to your favorite ABBA songs. Until next time!