19 Songs, 1 Hour 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

All extremities of human emotion are found in ABBA’s immaculate songbook, from the sobbing ecstasy of “Dancing Queen”—in which European melodic melancholy is warmed up by giddy disco—to the controlled devastation, glacial harmonies, and stately piano of “The Winner Takes It All.” There are lyrics of blossoming love over jittery marimba (“Mamma Mia”) or blaring sax (“Waterloo”) and some of the greatest songs about dying relationships (“S.O.S.,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You”) that pop music could hope to aspire to.

EDITORS’ NOTES

All extremities of human emotion are found in ABBA’s immaculate songbook, from the sobbing ecstasy of “Dancing Queen”—in which European melodic melancholy is warmed up by giddy disco—to the controlled devastation, glacial harmonies, and stately piano of “The Winner Takes It All.” There are lyrics of blossoming love over jittery marimba (“Mamma Mia”) or blaring sax (“Waterloo”) and some of the greatest songs about dying relationships (“S.O.S.,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You”) that pop music could hope to aspire to.

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