” Mamma Mia ” is by ABBA, the Swedish pop group.
The song was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, who is often referred to as the fifth member of the group. He co-wrote some of ABBA’s best well-known songs including ” Waterloo “, which won the 1974 Eurovision song contest for Sweden.
Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad shared the lead vocals for ” Mamma Mia ” with Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus producing the song.
The single was released in September 1975 under the record labels Polar in Denmark, Epic United Kingdom, Atlantic Canada and the United States, Carnaby Spain, Polydor Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, RCA Victor Australia and Disques Vogue in Belgium.
” Mamma Mia “, a Euro-pop song, was taken as the opening track on ABBA’s third album of the same name. The album, released on the 21st of April 1975, contained eleven tracks that included reggae, pop and pseudo-classical.
It was recorded at the Glen, Metronome and Ljudkopia Studios in Stockholm, the capital city of Sweden.
ABBA became a successful release for the group. It topped the Albums chart in Australia, Norway and Sweden.
In the United States, the album peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 174 on the 29th of November 1975.
In the United Kingdom, ABBA entered the UK Albums Chart on the 31st of January 1976 and peaked at number thirteen. It spent four weeks in the Top Twenty and ten weeks in the Top 100.
The song begins with the distinctive sound of a marimba, a percussion instrument made up of a set of wooden bars which is usually struck with a rubber mallet. The device is played by band member, Benny Andersson.
The title is derived from an Italian expression of surprise or excitement. It was not intended to be released as a single. It was first offered to Brotherhood of Man, the British pop group, who declined the offer. ABBA decided to keep it themselves, making ” Mamma Mia ” the last track recorded for the album.
Along with chart success in the mid-seventies, the song again found popularity when it was featured in the musical romantic comedy film of the same name.
The film, written by Catherine Johnson and directed by Phyllida Lloyd, was released in 2008. It starred Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Julie Walters, Dominic Cooper, Amanda Seyfried and Christine Baranski.
In 2018, most of the main cast returned for the sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.
” Mamma Mia ” became a commercial success for ABBA. In the United States, the single peaked at number thirty-two on the 4th of July 1976 and spent nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached number twelve on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart on the 13th of December 1975 and topped the chart, a position it held for two weeks. ABBA spent six weeks in the Top Ten and twenty-one weeks in the Top 100.
It also topped the singles chart in Australia, Germany, Ireland and Switzerland.
In New Zealand, Belgium and Norway, ” Mamma Mia ” stalled at number two.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 32
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
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