Singles/Charts

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

Sweden

Australia

Germany

Ireland

The Netherlands

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United States


Early Days


AustraliaGermanyNetherlandsSwedenSwitzerlandUKUS
Ring Ring 7- 52-32-
Waterloo 4 1 131 1 6
Honey Honey30 2 17-4-27
So Long-11 -7-DNC-
i Do I Do I Do  1 6 3-13815

Ring Ring released in 1973. But charted in UK in 1974 and in 1976 in Australia. Swedish versions  of Ring Ring and Waterloo reached #1 and #2 in Sweden respectively.  The follow up to Waterloo was Ring Ring in the UK. Honey Honey in the US, Australia and several European counties. 


Glory Days


AustraliaGermanyNetherlandsSwedenSwitzerlandUKUS
SOS 1 1 2-3 6 15
Mamma Mia 1 112-1 132
Fernando 1 1 121 113
Dancing Queen 1 1 113 1 1
Money Money Money 1 1 1-2 356

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.


Still going strong


AustraliaGermanyNetherlandsSwedenSwitzerlandUKUS
Knowing Me Knowing You 9 1 2-3 114
The Name of The Game 67 226 112
Take a Chance On Me12 3 2-3 1 3
Eagle82 6 7-7--
Summer Night City13 6 1015 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. And three peaking at #2 in The Netherlands.

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


Five singles in one year


AustraliaGermanyNetherlandsSwedenSwitzerlandUKUS
Chiquitita 4 3 121 229
Does Your Mother Know1010 3-6 419
Voulez Vous7914 3-9 380
Gimme Gimme Gimme 8 3 2161 3DNC
I Have a Dream64 4 1-1 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


AustraliaGermanyNetherlandsSwedenSwitzerlandUKUS
The Winner Takes It All 7 4 123 1 8
Super Trouper77 1 1113 145
Lay All Your Love On Me-26--- 7-
One of Us48 1 1133 3DNC
Head Over Heels- 19 1--25 -

 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.


Collapse and Comeback


AustraliaGermanyNetherlandsSwedenSwitzerlandUKUS
When All Is Said and Done81-----27
The Day Before You Came48 5 33432DNC
Under Attack9622 7--26-
I Still Have Faith in You3903182614 (#1 Sales Chart)-
Don't Shut Me Down2705121109 (#2 Sales Chart)-

For ABBA's final album, The Visitors, Europe opted for One of Us and Head Over Heels. In the US  When All Is Said and Done was as single..  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. There was a very sharp decline in sales.

I Have Faith On You  topped the UK Sales Chart while Don't Shut Me Down was Number One in Sweden and Switzerland. Both were Top 5 in Germany. 


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 501m

2. Gimme Gimme Gimme 228m

3.Mamma Mia 222m

4. Chiquitita 159m

5. Take a Chance On Me 114m

6. The Winner Takes it All 101

7.Fernando 97m

8. Money Money Money 74m

9. Happy New Year 67m

10. Knowing Me Knowing You 67m


May 2021

 

Most Streamed Songs - Spotify

 

1.Dancing Queen - 536m

2.Gimme Gimme Gimme 249m

3.Waterloo 226m

4.The Winner Takes it All - 186m

5.Take a Chance on me - 154m

6.Super Trouper - 131m

7.Waterloo - 128m

8.Lay All Your Love On Me- 115m

9.Chiquita - 95m

10. Voulez Vous 70m

 
May 2021 


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.