The Nation’s Favourite Abba Song comes to ITV

by Lisa McGarry

From their debut Waterloo to swansong Thank You For the Music, Abba wrote and performed enough classic hits to fill their own chart – but what would the run down be and which would sit at number one as the most popular Abba song ever?

ITV1 is producing a new one-off special programme that will decide the pecking order among some of the most iconic and best-loved singles in pop history as it asks the British public to vote for The Nation’s Favourite Abba Song.

From today, fans can log onto ITV’s Abba minisite to register their votes. Visitors to will be able to view video clips of each of the legendary Swedish band’s 25 singles, including their nine number ones, before making their choice.

Polls will close a month on Monday 11 October and the results will determine the countdown in the full length [1×90] programme to be shown on ITV1 later this year.

And Abba’s own Bjorn and Frida have signalled their interest in the vote and their fondness for their UK fans, in an exclusive interview for the programme.

Frida said: “Discussing all of our singles for The Nations Favourite Abba Songs was great fun. There are many fond memories. Memories about writing the songs, recording and promoting and performing them.”

Bjorn said: “We’re all curious and excited to see which songs appear where in the countdown.”

He added: “The British people took us to their hearts, completely…and…made us their own, which we are very proud of. It’s very nice to come to England because it’s like going home.“

The Nation’s Favourite Abba Song, is produced by Shiver, ITV Studios’ Leeds-based factual production arm. Matt O’Casey is the Producer/Director with Shiver’s Creative Director Mark Robinson executive producing alongside Iain Funnell from Globe Productions.

The Nation’s Favourite Abba Song was commissioned for ITV1 by Diana Howie, ITV Factual Commissioning Editor, and Alison Sharman, ITV Director of Factual and Daytime.

Diana said: “With so many fabulous Abba hits to choose from, we hope this vote will be a lot of fun for our ITV1 audience, both young and old. We’re delighted that Bjorn and Frida from Abba are directly involved in the show and we’re all really excited to see which of their songs our viewers vote as the nation’s favourite.”

The programme will be a landmark celebration of Abba’s incredible pantheon of hits, featuring fantastic archive clips as well as interviews with Bjorn and Frida, and famous faces who love Abba, including TV stars and contemporary pop stars massively influenced by the group.

Abba’s singles in chronological order:

1. Waterloo (1974)
2. Ring Ring (1974)
3. I Do I Do I Do I Do I Do (1975)
4. SOS (1975)
5. Mamma Mia (1975)
6. Fernando (1976)
7. Dancing Queen (1976)
8. Money Money Money (1976)
9. Knowing Me Knowing You (1977)
10. The Name of The Game (1977)
11. Take A Chance On Me (1978)
12. Summer Night City (1978)
13. Chiquitita (1979)
14. Does Your Mother Know (1979)
15. Angel Eyes/ Voulez Vous (1979)
16. Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) (1979)
17. I Have A Dream (1979)
18. The Winner Takes It All (1980)
19. Super Trouper (1980)
20. Lay All Your Love On Me (1981)
21. One Of Us (1981)
22. Head Over Heels (1982)
23. The Day Before You Came (1982)
24. Under Attack (1982)
25. Thank You For The Music (1983)