Bought a Tight Fit album years ago . Contained a few Abbaesque songs-Fantasy island , Secret Heart and others. Brotherhood of man Lightning Flash sounds like Super Trouper. The Dooleys -Wanted and Love Patrol are two others sounding like Abba. Any other suggestions? Texas Summer sun and Oliver’s army musically sound like Abba but not vocally. And of course several Steps songs-One for sorrow in particular.
This was played on a radio talk show many years ago, and a caller expressed the opinion that it sounded similar to ABBA. I don't remember the spoken part-I remember the part that is sung, beginning at 3:38 in this video.
In my view the best 'ABBA Imitators' were the Dutch Male/Female Group - Champagne. Their ABBA-like Songs were written by a Dutch fellow called Wally Tax. He was actually a Rock Star, so he was writing Songs, for Champagne, that he probably did not like much at all. But, he knew that there was a market for them.
Champagne had several Dutch Hits in the 1970's, with some also Charting in Germany & Belgium. 'Rock And Roll Star' was even a minor Hit in the USA Hot 100. These 1st 2 Hits also reached the Pan-European Top 5.
ROCK AND ROLL STAR -- 1976
This one starts of like 'One Of Us', except that it was 5 Years before ABBA recorded it. It has the intro vocals to fade out also. It also has 'Fernando' flutes in it, & the chorus reminds me of the one in 'S.O.S.'.
OH ME OH MY GOODBYE -- 1977
This one blatantly - and shamelessly - copies off 'Dancing Queen', in some of its lyrics, the vocals in the verses, & the instrumentation.
VALENTINO -- 1977
Another Hit that is extremely close to the 'ABBA Sound'.
LIGHT UP MY EYES -- 1978
I think that this one is very pretty & I'm glad that one of the Males has more of a part in the backing vocals.
BLACK JACK -- 1979
You can hear a 'Money, Money, Money' styled piano in the background. Parts of the instrumentation seem to have been 'borrowed' from 'Tragedy' by the Bee Gees, which had been a Global Hit earlier in 1979.
ROLLERBALL -- 1979
This one builds & builds. You think you've heard the main chorus - but then the real chorus kicks in.
Apart from Champagne's 'Oh Me Oh My Goodbye', sounding like 'Dancing Queen', there is also this Track, by Shania Twain, from her 2002 Album, 'Up!'. Give it time! (It is the Chorus). However, in the YouTube Comments, (under this Video), a few people say that 'Dancing Queen' is a 'copy', of George McCrae's huge Global 1974 Hit, 'Rock Your Baby'. I've responded, by telling them, that ABBA did not 'copy' off his Hit. They ]ust wanted a similar 'feel', in part of the backing Track. They certainly did not do a direct copy! Another person - Michael Ferns - says that he can't hear 'Dancing Queen' in Shania's Chorus. He says that he hears 'Chiquitita'! (Which he spells as 'Chikitita'). I ask him if he lives in an, 'Alternative Reality'! Oh, Some Champagne Fans, insist that, 'Oh Me Oh My Goodbye' sounds, nothing like ABBA! (Even the age of the Girl, is the same - 17!)...
maninthemiddle, I bought "Twice A Week" by Chips on its release, but I can't remember where I first heard it. Unfortunately, it wasn't a hit in the UK. I now realise that it sounds very ABBA-esque, but at the time of its release in 1975 the ABBA sound was not so well known and perhaps not even fully developed, so I think the similarity may have been coincidental.
madonnabba, another Tight Fit song which is obviously based on the ABBA sound is "I'm Undecided" - a great single, but not a hit.
In the early 90s, I bought a couple of CD-singles by Beijing Spring, who I thought sounded a bit ABBA-like. This was my favourite track of theirs, "Summerland".