Month: July 2015

8: The ABBA Legacy Lives On

Last Friday, I watched the weekly news magazine on Israeli TV Channel 2. They reported that a production of the musical Mamma Mia was coming to Israel. The item was followed by a cover story about ABBA. The story showed short clips of many of ABBA’s great hits. Wow, that was a trip into the past. Both my wife and I had these shining eyes and silly smiles,  reminiscing about the good old times when the whole world sang and danced ABBA.

Personally, I think they were one of the greatest pop groups of all time. Obviously, millions of people all over the world share this sentiment. I always wondered what was the secret of their magic? What was their formula? Not sure there is a simple answer to the question. I do believe the lyrics of their songs were above average. I’m not comparing their lyrics to Shakespeare or the greatest poets of the world, but within the pop music world, their language was good and verses very precise. The melodies were beautiful (IMHO) and the arrangements great. And perhaps best of all, the beautiful voices of Agnetha and Anni-Frid, merging together in great harmonies. It’s been over 30 years since they broke up and still their songs are as beautiful as ever.

Which pop group was your best ever?