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All Of The Drama And Heartache Behind ABBA’s Feel-Good Disco Hits

Updated 13 Jun 2019 32.8k views13 items

Boasting more than 350 million albums sold, record-setting tours all over the world, and the kind of passionate fans most artists only dream of, ABBA is a pop juggernaut. So in 1982, at the height of their success, why did ABBA break up?

It turns out things weren't always idyllic for the four Swedes. The ABBA drama started in the group's early days and continued until their breakup and beyond. Missed shows, crippling phobias, divorce, addiction, and regret hounded them from their 1972 inception. In fact, many view the drama as an integral part of their success. As ABBA biographer Carl Magnus Palm noted, "Although ABBA's songs were often delivered with beaming smiles and a glossy sheen of euphoria, there was always a contrast between the affirmative delivery and the tone of sadness and regret that colored even the jolliest of tunes."

It's a testament to Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (AKA Frida) that they continued cranking out hits during their chaotic rise and fall.

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