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Swedish pop group Abba, winners of the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. (Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)

If you were to ask someone to name a 1970s pop group, there’s a very good chance they would say ABBA. That’s because the Swedish singing sensations were more than just a pop group. Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad were international pop royalty.

Formed in Stockholm in 1972, ABBA shot to superstardom when they became Sweden’s first winner of the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest with their 1974 song “Waterloo.” The following year brought their single “Mamma Mia,” which later inspired the 1999 stage musical and 2008 movie of the same name. And in 1976, ABBA released their most iconic hit, “Dancing Queen.”

  • Waterloo (1974)

  • Mamma Mia (1975)

  • Dancing Queen (1976)