Singles/Charts

 Click on links below for ABBA's chart positions in the following countries

Sweden

Australia

France

Germany

Ireland

The Netherlands

United Kingdom

United States


Early Days


AustraliaFranceGermanyNetherlandsUKUS
Ring Ring 7-- 532-
Waterloo 4 4 1 1 1 6
Honey Honey30- 2 17-27
So Long--11 -DNC-
i Do I Do I Do  15 6 33815

Ring Ring released in 1973. But charted in UK in 1974 and in 1976 in Australia. The follow up to Waterloo was Ring Ring in the UK. Honey Honey in the US, Australia and several European counties. Hasta Manana was the choice in South Africa.


Glory Days


AustraliaFranceGermanyNetherlandsUKUS
SOS 110 1 2 6 15
Mamma Mia 1- 112 132
Fernando 1 3 1 1 113
Dancing Queen 1 3 1 1 1 1
Money Money Money 1 1 1 1 356

Hard to believe now but Mamma Mia was a bit of  a flop in some countries. In The Netherlands  where ABBA had 10 #1s and 5 #2s, it failed to reach Top 10! In America where uptempo Waterloo, Dancing Queen and Take a Chance On Me were huge, Mamma Mia failed to make Top 30.  Additionally not released in France, Sweden or Japan.

 These songs had pretty much universal appeal (for the most part). Along with Waterloo, The Winner Takes it All and Knowing Me, Knowing You are THE iconic ABBA singles.


Peak to Off Peak


AustraliaFranceGermanyNetherlandsUKUS
Knowing Me Knowing You 9 7 1 2 114
The Name of The Game 6237 2 112
Take a Chance On Me1220 3 2 1 3
Eagle82- 6 7--
Summer Night City1334 6 10 5-

After 6 #1 hits in a row in Australia, Knowing Me Knowing You marks the end of Abbamania there. Also after 6 consecutive number ones in Germany, The Name of the Game peaks at #7.

ABBA have a trio of consecutive no. 1 singles in the UK at this time.

  Summer Night City was ABBA's 3rd and final #1 in Sweden. It under perforned in most places and was never featured on a studio album, Gold - Greatest Hits or either Mamma Mia! film. Airbrushed out of history.


No longer No. 1


AustraliaFranceGermanyNetherlandsUKUS
Chiquitita 414 3 1 229
Does Your Mother Know101610 3 419
Voulez Vous79 514 3 380
Gimme Gimme Gimme 8 3 3 2 3DNC
I Have a Dream64- 4 1 2-

A Spanish version of Chiquitita sold well in Latin America. The Spanish version of I Have a  Dream also charted in some counties. Voulez Vous was a double A side with Angeleyes in the UK. Angeleyes charted separately in the US and reached #64.


Return to Number One


AustraliaFranceGermanyNetherlandsUKUS
The Winner Takes It All 727 4 1 1 8
Super Trouper77 5 1 1 145
Lay All Your Love On Me-3926- 7-
On and On and On10----90
One of Us4814 1 1 3DNC

 After a 2 and a half year spell ABBA return to UK #1 and US Top 10 with The Winner Takes it And after almost 4 years  ABBA top the German singles chart.  Lay All Your Love on Me was released only as a 12" single - probably explaining its low chart placing. It was #1 in the Dance Chart in the US. After the release of One of Us in December 1981, a very sharp decline in ABBA's popularity for their 1982 releases.


Decline and Fall


AustraliaFranceGermanyNetherlandsUKUS
Head Over Heels-3425 125-
When All Is Said and Done81----27
The Visitors-----63
The Day Before You Came4855 5 332DNC
Under Attack966222 726-

For ABBA's final album, The Visitors, Europe opted for One of Us and Head Over Heels. The choices in the US were When All Is Said and Done and The Visitors.  The Day Before You Came reached the Top 5 in seven European countries but was a flop elsewhere. Under Attack was only released in a few counties. 


DNC = Did Not Chart. Was released in county

- = Not released in country



Top 5 Global Singles

1Dancing Queen8,700,000 points
2Waterloo8,500,000 points
3Fernando7,500,000 points
4Take a Chance On Me7,000,000 points
5Knowing Me, Knowing You6,7000, 000 points

  based on this chart - which is based on 75% sales/25% airplay. As of February 2016 these 5 singles are at numbers 116, 129, 210, 260 and 290 in the All Time Chart. 

 
 

 

 ABBA Global Chart Top 10
SINGLEPEAKWks in chart
WATERLOO#120
SOS#112
MAMMA MIA#3  6
FERNANDO#119
DANCING QUEEN#123
MONEY MONEY MONEY#112
KNOWING ME KNOWING YOU#121
THE NAME OF THE GAME#55
TAKE A CHANCE ON ME#323
CHIQUITITA#78
DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW#66
GIMME GIMME GIMME#59
I HAVE A DREAM#83
THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL#47
SUPER TROUPER#311
ONE OF US#37
 

 

Click on peak chart positions to see Charts 

LINK


List Of ABBA's Number Ones around the World

 

 

Most Viewed Youtube ABBA songs 

1. Dancing Queen 428,000,000

2. Mamma Mia 200,000,000

3.Gimme Gimme Gimme 173,000,000

4. Chiquitita 136m

5. Take a Chance On Me 101m

6. The Winner Takes it All 94m

7.Fernando 82m

8. Money Money Money 64m

9. Happy New Year 60m

10. SOS 59m


July 2020

 

Most Streamed Songs - Spotify

 

1.Dancing Queen - 351,000,000

2.Mamma Mia - 148,000,000

3.Gimme Gimme Gimme - 134,000,000

4.The Winner Takes it All - 119,000,000

5.Take a Chance on me - 102, 000,000

6.Super Trouper - 80,000,000

7.Waterloo - 78,000,000

8.Lay All Your Love On Me- 62,000,000

9.Chiquita - 60,000,000

10. Knowing Me Knowing You - 51,000,000

 
January 2020 Spotify has 36% of the streaming market


Dancing Queen twice as popular as next most popular. Why? Lots of casual non ABBA fans or on repeat more. Probably a bit of both.