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"Andante, Andante"
Single by ABBA
from the album Super Trouper
B-side"The Piper"
ReleasedFebruary 1981
RecordedApril 9, 1980
GenreEuropop, pop, Swedish pop
Length4:40
LabelRCA
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Michael B. Tretow
ABBA singles chronology
"Happy New Year"
(1980)
"Andante, Andante"
(1981)
"Lay All Your Love On Me"
(1981)

"Andante, Andante" is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA for the album Super Trouper. It was released as a single in only two countries: El Salvador and Argentina. It was written by members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus on April 9, 1980, at Polar Music studios. Initially, this song was called "Hold Me Close". Anni-Frid Lyngstad handles the lead vocals.

The lyrics were translated into Spanish by Buddy and Mary McCluskey and recorded in October 1980 at Polar Music studios. This song was released for the first time on the album Super Trouper - the Latin America version as track number 4 and it was reused on the album, ABBA Oro as track number 12. "'Andante Andante' is a love song, and the repeated musical term of the title means gently, slowly or at a walking pace in Italian."[1] The Abba tribute choir "Andante Andante" takes its name from this song.[2] The Herald describes "Andante, Andante" as having an "Italian" flavour.[3]

Other recordings

Charts

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Scotland (OCC)[5] 81

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again version

Lily James (Young Donna) recorded "Andante, Andante" for the soundtrack of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Her version was released on July 13, 2018, alongside the rest of the soundtrack, by Capitol and Polydor Records. It was produced by Benny Andersson.

Charts

Chart (2018) Peak
position
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[6] 22
Scotland (OCC)[7] 36
UK Singles (OCC)[8] 61

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 200,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

  1. ^ Tobler, John (2012-01-04). Abba - Uncensored on the Record. ISBN 9781908538239.
  2. ^ "Eurovision marches to a distant drum - Music - Entertainment". Smh.com.au. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  3. ^ "My, my, how can we resist you? Swede dreams are made of this . . . the big-screen version of Abba musical Mamma Mia! celebrates a band that became a phenomenon, says Marisa Duffy". Pqasb.pqarchiver.com. Retrieved 2016-10-16.
  4. ^ Information at Svensk mediedatabas
  5. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  6. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. July 30, 2018. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  9. ^ "British single certifications – Lily James – Andante Andante". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 May 2021.