Thursday, December 5, 2013

"On and On and On" by ABBA

Song#:  0646
Date:  06/27/1981
Debut:  92
Peak:  90
Weeks:  6
Genre:  Pop

Pop Bits:  This third single from their "Super Trouper" LP spent quite a bit of time in the basement of the chart. It peaked only two positions higher than it debuted, but lingered around for six weeks. Although the album was their second-best peaking on the chart at #17 and went gold (their last studio album to do so), it was not their best-selling album by far. Their 1992 compilation album "Gold" would initially peak at #32, but it would go on to sell over six million copies in the US - that is more that all of their other certified albums combined. It is also their worldwide best-seller at 28 million making it on the list of the forty best-selling albums of all-time.

ReduxReview:  This song is a bit rockier (well, relatively speaking) than a good chunk of ABBA songs and the Beach Boys-ee "do-do's" in the chorus are a nice reference. I think it's a pretty smart song and I'm not sure why it didn't connect with radio/listeners in the US. Due to some of their previous Eurodisco-ish hits, they may have been tagged as disco and with that genre on the outs, they may have been unfairly dumped by US radio. It's too bad because I think folks missed a solid hit here.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This single was not chosen for release worldwide. It was issued in just a few countries including the US, where it made little impact. However, it did reach #9 in Australia and Top 20 in France.


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