Abba - Dancing Queen
ABBA were forced to release their greatest hit songs collection Abba Greatest Hits in 1976 because a similar collection was released by lesser known French and German record labels Vogue and Polydor.
Vogue and Polydor records were absolutely ruthless when they released most of Abba's songs of the early 70s in their label taking advantage of the weak and ineffective copyright laws of the 70s.
ABBA released their Greatest Hits collection in less than 2 months of preparation which includes choosing the cover for their album.
Set in a panic mode ABBA had little time to choose the album cover for ABBA Greatest Hits before Vogue and Polydor records'version of ABBA hit the markets and looted all the money from ABBA.
Fortunately the band members including lead singers Agnetha Faltskog,Frida Lyngstad, late drummer late Ola Brunkert,Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus all agreed on a cover for the album, which was an award they were felicitated with.
ABBA's version of Abba Greatest Hits was first released in Sweden during the holiday season of 1975 two weeks after Vogue and Polydor records released theirs.
ABBA crushed Vogue and Polydor records both in sales and air play on radios on its quest in becoming one of the best selling albums of all time.
They were the biggest act on the entire music scene enamoring hearts with their melody in the 70s before Michael Jackson took over from them in 1982.
Infact, many ABBA critics imply that ABBA never released a single after 1982 as a band because they felt Michael Jackson was too good for them.
And they decided to take a break as a band late 1982, the same time when Michael Jackson's Thriller was making news and his Off The Wall tracks were selling like hot cakes.
The band ABBA would ignore requests from press and media personnel for the next 34 years until they finally performed as a band on January 20th 2016 at Stockholm, Sweden.
ABBA sold more than 240 million records officially from 1970 to 1982 and more than half of those sales came from their ABBA Greatest Hits collection.
Their original release in 1976 had almost all their hit songs but a few new songs were later added during subsequent re-releases.
Universal Music group which owns most of ABBA's songs released their own version in 2006 which has ABBA's most popular songs till date and differs vastly from the original version released by ABBA in 1976.
Universal Music group's version of ABBA's Greatest Hits can be downloaded at itunes music store or amazon music.It can also be streamed at spotify or apple music store.
Track List -
Knowing Me, Knowing You
Take A Chance On Me
Lay All Your Love On Me
I Have A Dream
The Winner Takes It All
Money, Money, Money
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!
Does Your Mother Know
One Of Us
The Name Of The Game
Thank You For The Music