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  • Breakup Breakout: Frida achieved more success in Europe with her post-ABBA album Something's Going On than Agnetha did during her solo career in the Eighties. However, Agnetha aimed for another solo comeback with her first album since 2004, A.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: ABBA: The Album. ABBA: The Movie. ABBA: The T-Shirt. ABBA: The Socks. ABBA: The Soap. You get the idea.note 
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  • Colbert Bump: Their song "Dancing Queen" gained a lot more attention when Gravity Falls made a parody of it called "Disco Girl" (albeit it's a very brief song).
  • Content Leak: In 1983, many unreleased Visitors-era songs were hijacked by a fan who stole them from Bjorn's car near Polar Studios. The songs (which included 3 mixes of "Just Like That", "I Am The City", "Opus 10" (the supposed instrumental title track of said album, named after the name of The Visitors that was reported pre-release in newspapers) and "Every Man Needs A Helping Hand" (widely nicknamed "Every Good Man"), supposedly with the 1982 singles also included in the proposed album) had later been incorporated into later projects by Bjorn and Benny, one track was released on "More ABBA Gold" and said tracks had appeared on a large number of bootlegs.
  • Creator Backlash:
    • Björn and Benny aren't too fond of "Santa Rosa", "I Saw It In the Mirror", "Åh Vilka Tider", "Dum Dum Diddle", "Summer Night City" or "You Owe Me One". They also don't like parts of "Just A Notion" and "Just Like That" hence editing them for the ABBA Undeleted Medley. Also, they disliked the chorus of the song "Terra Del Fuego" so much that they edited it out and renamed it "Here Comes Rubie Jamie" for its part of the Undeleted Medley.
    • Björn and Benny have been critical of some of the band's poppier moments. Regarding "You Owe Me One", they did not include it on the 2001 reissue of The Visitors even though it was on the 1997 one. However, it was included on the Deluxe Edition.
    • Benny said that he found the hard rock experiment "Watch Out" somewhat embarrassing in hindsight, and that it could easily be removed from his and Björn's track record without anyone noticing. The song is quite well regarded among fans though.
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    • They also were pretty upset with how badly "So Long" did in the charts considering they rated it as being a good song and a guaranteed hit due to its intentional similarity to "Waterloo". They realised that writing to a successful formula was not always the way to have a hit, although they later realized that they did find one when they started writing lyrics about failing relationships.
  • Creator Breakdown:
    • The band's last album The Visitors and after that, their last recorded song "The Day Before You Came". Agnetha was clearly on the verge of tears for the latter song.
    • The three songs the band initially recorded for their ninth album, "You Owe Me One", "I Am the City" and "Just Like That" (which is still unreleased) are joyful and upbeat. However, when the album was cancelled they decided to record three new songs for a Greatest Hits. Something must have happened between the sessions because the last three songs they recorded, "Under Attack", "Cassandra" and "The Day Before You Came" are very dark indeed (well, "Under Attack" isn't musically, but it is lyrically).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Frida's hair stylist must've gotten rich from performing all those re-dos and dye jobs.
  • Follow the Leader: Entering "Waterloo" for the Eurovision Song Contest was a conscious aversion of this, as at the time the winning songs tended to be gentle ballads and they were aiming for something that would really stand out. (Even then, they nearly changed their minds in favour of "Hasta Mañana", which was far more in the then-standard Eurovision mould). After "Waterloo" won, it became the Leader that a lot of entries Followed for years to come.
  • He Also Did: You know Lasse Hallström, the guy who directed Chocolat? He also directed most of ABBA's music videos and The Movie.
  • Milestone Celebration:
    • Mamma Mia! debuted in London's West End on April 6, 1999, twenty-five years to the day after ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest.
    • Their albums are often remastered and released with bonus tracks on their respective anniversaries, and new compilations come out by the bucketload when a milestone occurs.
    • Live at Wembley was released on the 40th anniversary of them winning Eurovision. (Well not quite, as they won it in April and the album was released in September, but within the year at least.)
  • Missing Episode:
    • "Just Like That", "Get On the Carousel" and "I Am An A" were never officially released. The first one has bootlegs but is incomplete, the second one can only be heard in The Movie and the third one in (bad-quality) fan recordings.
    • The 1977 Australian tour is kind of a one too; all the released footage is in The Movie, but many performances are severely compressed, or outright cut. Sad, considering it was the most important tour of ABBA's career.
    • For a long time, "I'm Still Alive," one of only two songs Agnetha wrote while in the bandnote  was this. It was only performed on the 1979 Europe/America tour, and for thirty-five years the only known recordings were fan bootlegs of varying quality made on video and cassette tapes. This all changed in 2014 when it was officially released, in HQ audio, on their live album ABBA Live at Wembley.
  • No Export for You: The album "Ring Ring" wasn't released in the UK until the CD issues in the 90s.
  • Old Shame:
    • Benny and Björn have expressed embarrassment at their first album, Ring Ring, and some of the stuff on Waterloo.
    • Somebody at Danish TV had a very long memory and a lot of time on their hands. Why else would they go searching through the archives to find this little gem from their 1970 tour as Festfolket?
    • The original exterior video for "Ring Ring" was so badly lit that they reshot it on a soundstage.
    • When ABBA began getting popular again in the 90s, Björn and Benny were bemused by it, feeling that their music was dated and they had moved on from that period of their lives. That's not to say they weren't flattered by their continued popularity, and they did work on archival releases because of it.
  • The Pete Best: They had an interesting variation of this. Agnetha, Björn, Benny, and Anni-Frid were all the original members of the band, but just shortly after properly establishing as a band (and still going by their "Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid" name), Agnetha became pregnant with her first child, and she was replaced for a short period of time by a friend of Anni-Frid, a gospel singer named Inger Brundin, on a trip to West Germany before Agnetha came back.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • ABBA didn't intend to split permanently in 1983 (hence why their compilation album was called "The Singles: the FIRST Ten Years") Rather, the intention was to go on hiatus for a year or two, during which time Björn and Benny would write the musical Chess whilst Agnetha and Frida would focus on solo careers. Additionally, despite the two divorces, relations between all four members were still amicable. However, the time apart simply helped them realize that they didn't want to get back together. When you look at how the band evolved over their decade-long lifespan, it would have been very interesting to see what other songs they might have recorded had they lasted a few more years...
    • The song "Arrival" from Arrival was supposed to have lyrics but Björn forgot to bring them to the recording sessions. The lyrics were about the birth of his and Agnetha's daughter Linda.

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