"Happy New Year"
Single by ABBA
from the album Super Trouper
B-side"Andante, Andante"
Released15 December 1980[1]
RecordedJanuary 1980
Length4:23
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Super Trouper"
(1980)
"Happy New Year"
(1980)
"Andante, Andante"
(1981)
Music video
"Happy New Year" (Official) on YouTube
"Felicidad"
Cover for Argentinian release

"Happy New Year" is a song by Swedish group ABBA from their 1980 album Super Trouper, with lead vocals by Agnetha Fältskog, and originally with very limited release as a single in December of that year. Its working title was "Daddy Don't Get Drunk on Christmas Day".[2] The song is especially popular in Vietnam.[3]

The Spanish-language version of the song, "Felicidad",[4] was released in 1980 in Spanish-speaking territories.[5] The single reportedly charted in the top 5 in Argentina and was included on the South American versions of the Super Trouper album.[6] It was first released on CD as part of the 1994 Polydor US compilation Más ABBA Oro, and in 1999 on the expanded re-release of ABBA Oro: Grandes Éxitos.

In 1999, the English version of the song was re-released for the new millennium, and charted at no. 27 in Sweden, no. 15 in the Netherlands and no. 75 in Germany.[1][7][8]

In 2008, it was released again in several countries, and charted at no. 4 in Sweden, no. 11 in Norway and no. 25 in Denmark.[1][9][10] It re-entered the Swedish and Norwegian charts in 2009 at no. 5 in both charts and no. 8 in the Netherlands in 2011.[1][9][7] It has since gone on to regularly chart in some countries upon the turn of new year.[1][7][8]

In December 2011 a silver glitter vinyl single limited to 500 pieces was released including the songs "Happy New Year" and "The Way Old Friends Do". The edition was available from the official ABBA site and the ABBA fan site only. It was sold out within the day of announcing the release.[11]

Upon the release of ABBA: The 40th Anniversary Singles Box Set on 5 May 2014, it was discovered that an alternate mix of "Andante, Andante" was used on the b-side of the single in the boxset instead of the original album version.

A-Teens version

"Happy New Year"
Single by A-Teens
Released3 December 1999[12]
Length4:24
LabelUniversal Music Group
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Björn Stigsson
  • Andreas Rickstrand
A-Teens singles chronology
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
(1999)
"Happy New Year"
(1999)
"Dancing Queen"
(2000)

The song was covered by the A-Teens, released as a single in 1999. The single was released to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium, which explains the last line in the song's third verse being altered to "in the end of ninety-nine"; as opposed to the original's "in the end of eighty-nine". It reached no. 4 on the Swedish charts becoming the band's fourth consecutive top ten in the country earning a Gold certification weeks after its release.[13] The single was not released worldwide, only in selected countries. "Happy New Year", was released in Chile after their visit in February 2000. A music video was made to support the single's release.

Track listing

Scandinavian 2-Track CD single

  1. "Happy New Year" [Radio version] – 4:24
  2. "Happy New Year" [Extended version] – 6:52

Scandinavian CD Maxi

  1. "Happy New Year" [Radio version] – 4:24
  2. "Happy New Year" [Extended version] – 6:52
  3. "Mamma Mia" [The Bold & the Beautiful Glamourmix Edit] – 3:46
  4. "Super Trouper" [W.I.P.] – 6:10

Charts

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[32] Gold 45,000double-dagger

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

References[edit]

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