Abba - best pop band ever. Don't try and argue with me, you know I am right. A heated debate has started over on another part of the internet I frequent about which Abba songs should be taken to a desert island. If we're following the format of the Radio 4 show, then that is eight songs. But which eight?
It's a conundrum to be sure. Thrown into the discussion mix are: Mamma Mia, The Winner Takes It All, Take A Chance On Me, Summer Night City, SOS, Fernando, Chiquitita (although that would be thrown into the ocean by me), Gimme Gimme Gimme, Dancing Queen, Knowing Me Knowing You, Super Trouper, Like An Angel Passing Through My Room (yeah, that was my face too), Ring Ring...
Where to start with such riches? Well, all I can say is this is my list (and it's in no order). Add your own in the comments.
Dancing Queen. Anyone who doesn't include this in their list is just plain weird and I wouldn't be able to trust them.
The Winner Takes It All. I've explained before how much I love this. I have nothing further to add except to say the intro alone makes me well up. *sniffle*
SOS. The greatest pop song ever composed according to Pete Townsend who I have no time for but, he's got a point.
Summer Night City. A joyous treat with rarely no sad undertones from Abba.
Mamma Mia. Oh god, I am already at number five. I am having a meltdown that I only have three left. This is simply perfect.
Take A Chance On Me. One of the best videos ever, ever, ever made. Who didn't act this out in the playground?
Knowing Me Knowing You. Oh my, this is sad: "walking through an empty house, tears in my eyes." The Swedes are killing me.
And finally, Thank You For The Music. This is the hardest choice, I could have gone with Under Cover, The Name Of The Game (nearly killing me not to include this), I Do, I Do I, Do, Fernando, One of Us, Money Money Money, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Voulez-Vous but this makes me all nostalgic and this blog is all about nostalgia. This sums up my childhood.
A confession: I've never been much of a fan of Super Trouper. There I've said it.
We love you Abba, don't ever reform and spoil it all for us.