” Happy New Year ” is by ABBA, the Swedish pop group. ABBA formed in Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, in 1972. The members of the group were Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Although the foursome is known to be from Sweden, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was born in Norway.
The song was written and produced by Benny Andersson ( Göran Bror Benny Andersson ) and Björn Ulvaeus ( Björn Kristian Ulvaeus ). Benny learnt to play piano at the age of ten and went on to form ABBA, he also co-composed the popular musicals Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla and Mamma Mia!
Björn, before finding international fame with ABBA was a member of Hootenanny Singers, a Swedish Schlager music band in the 1960s. Björn also co-composed the Chess, Kristina från Duvemåla and Mamma Mia!
” Happy New Year ” features the lead vocals of Agnetha Fältskog ( Agnetha Åse Fältskog ), she wrote her first song ” Två små troll ” ( ” Two Little Trolls ” ) aged just six and years later found international stardom with ABBA.
Anni-Frid Lyngstad ( Anni-Frid Synni Lyngstad ) sings backing vocals for this track; she is also known as Frida. In 1967 she won ” New Faces “, the Swedish national talent competition in Stockholm. Frida released her first self-titled Album in 1971 ( produced by her then-fiancé Benny Andersson ), which received critical acclaim.
” Happy New Year ” was released in 1999 by record label Epic ( owned by Sony Music Entertainment ) and was taken from the group’s seventh Album ” Super Trouper “.
The Album was released in 1980 and featured two UK Number One singles ” The Winner Takes It All ” and ” Super Trouper “. Advanced orders for the Album in the UK reached One Million, with it going on to be the UK biggest-selling album of the year.
Lyrically the song is not just about a broken relationship but also a message of hope for the year ahead. The original working title of the song was ” Daddy Don’t Get Drunk on Christmas Day “.
Although the English version of the song wasn’t released until 1999, the Spanish version, known as ” Felicidad “, was released in 1980. Then it charted in Argentina making the top five; the B-side was the title of the Album ” Super Trouper “.
” Happy New Year ” was re-released in 2008 making the charts in several countries. In Denmark, the song peaked at number twenty-five, number eleven in Norway and number four in ABBA’s native Sweden. In 2009 it re-entered the charts in both Sweden and Norway at number five.
A cover of the song by Swedish pop group A-Teens made it to number four on the Swedish chart in 2000; the release was designed to coincide with Y2K. The lyrics were altered slightly to reflect the new millennium with the original 1980 version’s ” at the end of eighty-nine ” being changed to ” at the end of ninety-nine “.
Music streaming site Spotify revealed that ” Happy New Year ” was the song most played across the World to see in 2014.
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Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Germany 75, Netherlands 8, Norway 5, Sweden 4, Denmark 14
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