If the thought of singing ABBA hits like “Dancing Queen” and “Waterloo” alongside lifesized holograms of the blonde supergroup fills you with glee, then the new ABBA museum is your disco-dancing dream.
ABBA groupmember Bjorn Ulvaeus is the mastermind behind the new pop music wonderland, which features their glittery costumes, a ‘70s disco dance floor where you can practice your moves, a recording studio where you can audition to be a “fifth” member, and a special red telephone set up just to accept surprise calls from real-life ABBA members.
This week, Bjorn, who also helmed the super-popular musical “Mamma Mia!”, showed off the permanent ABBA exhibit to reporters at its new home in the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. That’s right, the ABBA museum is located in Stockholm, ABBA’s hometown.
Named after each of the singers’ first initials, ABBA formed in 1972 and began churning out hits like “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!”, “Fernando,” “S.O.S.”, “Take a Chance on Me” and “Super Trouper” for nearly a decade. But the seemingly happy group was plagued with heartbreak. Bjorn married and divorced fellow singer Agnetha Faltskog, and Benny Andersson split with partner Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad.
Yet somehow their harmonic hits always seem to exude joy and optimism. Got a favorite ABBA song you love? You can find all their hits in our MyMusicCloud music store. But here are a couple of our favorites …