ABBA songs loved in the USSR: a selection of the best
ABBA - one of the few foreign bands that everyone adored By the Soviet Union. Who didn't know about this collective? There weren't any! Even if you were a fan of heavy rock in the vein of Led Zeppelin, you listened to all the latest ABBA hits, because they came from every television...
Agneta Fältskog, Anni-Fried Lingstad, Björn Ulvaeus, and Benny Andersson - how much these names mean to domestic fans. These are the people who gave millions of Soviet citizens the music of their youth... Today, it's so nice to listen to all those songs that were actively rumbling then, in the discos of the 70's and 80's. In fact, that's what we propose to do today! Here is our top ABBA songs, which were heard in the USSR.
This hit was played at every Soviet disco! As users write in the comments under the clip on YouTube:
"You listen to this song and your soul flies away... Thanks for being young, ABBA."
The rousing tune, the beautiful performance - everything is top notch. This song didn't stand a chance: it had to be a hit. In general, ABBA is one of those few bands, practically all the tracks of which became hymns on the radio. The world was sure that there would be nothing like Beatlemania. But then ABBA came along...
"Money, Money, Money"
A song with a bold message and title "Money, Money, Money" was very popular with Soviet listeners. Its playful tune was picked up almost immediately, and it was impossible not to hum it after listening to it.
The track was such a resounding success in the Soviet Union that the ensemble "Funny boys" even made his own interpretation "I remember, I remember.". Listening:
It turned out quite interesting. The lyrics of the song were completely changed-not a hint of money was left in our Russian version. Only love, only sincerity.
"Happy New Year."
It's impossible to imagine ABBA or the Soviet Union of the 1980s without this track.
Holiday "Happy New Year." was coming from everywhere, even if it was summer! Even today this song is actively played on the radio. Millions of people firmly associate it with the New Year, with youth and the best moments of life...
A very popular ABBA song, which Soviet music lovers quickly picked up on!
As for the song, it topped the Australian charts in November 1975, and held its position steadily more than two months! Remarkable, but this single has squeezed the "Bohemian Rhapsody" Queen (which, even more remarkably, also has the line "Mamma Mia"). The USSR was no exception: the track was loved all over the world - from Belgium to South Africa! It is still warmly listened to today.
"Thank You for the Music"
Another extremely popular song on our list that has been given a Russian interpretation.
"Thank you, music." - Have you heard this version of "Thank You for the Music" performed by the ensemble "Hearts of Four."? If not, alas, we can't help you. This recording, unfortunately, has not survived, but it is worth noting that their version was very good.
What's more remarkable is that the image of the "Heart of Four" was very reminiscent of... ABBA themselves! Two guys and two girls.
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimma!"
Well, this is a classic of its time and genre.
No words are meaningless here, so we just suggest enjoying your favorite hit, clip and translation of the lyrics!
"Give me! Give me, give me a man after midnight.
No one can help me chase the bad thoughts away.
Give me! Give me, give me a man after midnight,
Who would lead me from the darkness to the light of day..."
There were, in fact, many variations. But we decided to end our selection with a loud hit "SOS."which occasionally comes across on the radio waves.
The music video for the song, which has already garnered nearly 80 million views, was innovative for its time. The overhead perspective, the distorted faces-not many people today would be surprised by such special effects. But back then it was a novelty. A curious fact is that many rock stars called "SOS" their favorite pop song - including John Lennon and Pete Townsend.