In the late 1960s and early 1970s, pop music started bifurcating into all sorts of subgenres. But just as the fabled era of rock and pop began to fade, a new act sprang onto the pop scene with a bang and plenty of douze points. The band came from well outside the Anglo world and went by the name of ABBA. The moniker is an acronym taken from the first names of the band members: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad.
The Swedish foursome was founded in 1972 but burst onto the global stage by winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo.” And the rest is history and ongoing success. The group broke up in 1982, after a string of hit numbers and wildly successful global tours. To date, ABBA has sold close to 400 million records worldwide; second, apparently, only to The Beatles.