ABBA and Queen Chart Facts & Feats etc. Oct 31, 2018 20:15:07 GMT
Post by Deleted on Oct 31, 2018 20:15:07 GMT
Despite ABBA & Queen having different types of Music, they do have a lot in common. A lot of coincidences.
They had their 1st UK Hit Singles within 6 Weeks of each other in 1974. Queen in March, and ABBA in April.
Both Groups had 1 Single that completely flopped in the UK - 'Keep Yourself Alive' - Queen, (1973), and 'So Long', ABBA. (1974).
In early 1976 'Mamma Mia' knocked Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' off the UK No.1 spot. The Queen Single has 'Mama Mia' in its lyrics.
They have the UK's 1st - 'Greatest Hits' (One) - Queen, and 2nd - 'ABBA Gold' - Best Selling Albums.
Neither Group are very good at selling their old Studio Albums. Always it is their Compilations that sell best.
Both Groups had an absolutely awful 1982, in the UK Singles Chart. 3 Singles each that failed to reach the Top 10.
Both Groups took a 'break' at the end of 1982. With ABBA it was permanent. With Queen, they returned as big as they once were, in 1984.
As if their awful 1982 had never happened.
Both Groups have had very big Films that feature their Music.
Both Groups were not popular with 'The Critics', when they were at their Peak, but both are now admired by them.
There were differences too of course:
Queen were bigger than ABBA in the USA. They had Top 10 Albums there, (including a No.1), and ABBA never did.
ABBA had 17 Pan-European No.1 Singles. Queen only had 2 and they were both rather late in their Career - 1984.
They were No.1 with 'Radio Ga Ga' and 'I Want To Break Free'.
ABBA had 6 No.1 Hits in the Worldwide Singles Chart - 'Waterloo', 'SOS', 'Fernando', 'Dancing Queen', 'Money, Money, Money',
and 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'. Queen never had a No.1 in the Worldwide Chart. Their best efforts were 5 No.2 Hits.
ABBA have spent a lot longer at No.1 in the UK - 31 No.1 Singles Weeks and 57 No.1 Albums Weeks. Queen have 'only' spent
21 Weeks at No.1 in either UK Chart - 42 No.1 Weeks to ABBA's 88 No.1 Weeks.