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"The Winner Takes It All" might be one of the saddest pop songs ever. Even worse is Meryl Streep's version in Mamma Mia!!. Saddest. Lost. Love. Song. EVER.
The video is unbelievably sad as we see stills of the group in happier times. The video ends with the still on Agnetha's sad face and you realize that is the reality now.
And "Fernando", once you read the lyrics.
"Slipping Through My Fingers", to name yet another. Bjorn wrote it after realizing he (and his ex-wife Agnetha, who sings the song) missed out on his daughter's childhood by being so career-obsessed. It can bring mothers and daughters alike to tears, as the latter is leaving childhood behind.
It's also kind of hard to keep a dry eye through "SOS".
"Knowing Me, Knowing You", anyone?
Coupled with the band's turmoil before their dissolution, he band's final album The Visitors contains very heartbreaking songs.
"One Of Us" can be added to the list of unbearable ABBA songs.
"When All is Said and Done", which sounds hopeful in the beginning, becomes one of these when you realize Bjorn wrote it about Frida and Benny's divorce.
Heck, even the album cover◊ which depicts the four band members standing or sitting apart from each other in a dark room looks downright bleak and ominous.
"One Man, One Woman" although it's hopeful in the end.
Their incomplete mini-musical, "The Girl with the Golden Hair", turns into one of these when combined with the fan theory that it's based on Agnetha's life.
"The Name of the Game" video showed how in love they were.
The sad and beautiful title instrumental from Arrival.
Benny's rendition of an old hymn, "Gämmal Fåbodpsalm", at the beginning of every concert on their '79 tour. The Agnetha-penned tour-exclusive song "I'm Still Alive" is another tear-jerking moment - a song about personal triumph after her and Bjorn's divorce (Agnetha composed the tune while Bjorn handled the lyrics). And finally, the last song before the encore is "The Way Old Friends Do", a song about remaining friends despite all hardship.
Even though "If It Wasn't for the Nights" has a cheerful melody, the lyrics tell a sadder story about dreading lonely nights after a divorce. Björn said that he had his own lonely nights after his divorce from Agnetha.