"Honey, Honey"
Honey-honey ring-ring.jpeg
Single by ABBA
from the album Waterloo
A-side"Ring Ring" (Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland)>
B-side
  • "King Kong Song" (Sweden, Denmark, Belgium)
  • "Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)" (Australia, Canada, US)
  • "Hasta Mañana" (Netherlands, Spain)
ReleasedApril 1974
RecordedJanuary 1974
Genre
Length2:56
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Benny Andersson
  • Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Waterloo"
(1974)
"Honey, Honey"
(1974)
"Hasta Mañana"
(1974)
Audio
"Honey, Honey" on YouTube
Audio sample
"Honey, Honey (English version)"

"Honey, Honey" is a song by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released as the second single from their second studio album, Waterloo, after the success of the title track at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.

History

"Honey, Honey" was written by Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Stig Anderson, with shared vocals by Agnetha Fältskog, Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Ulvaeus. Along with the English version, ABBA also recorded "Honey, Honey" in Swedish on January 30, 1974, at Metronome Studio, Stockholm.

This was the last official recording by the group in their own language, and was released as the B-side of the Swedish "Waterloo" single. In its English format, "Honey, Honey" was released with "King Kong Song" as the B-side.

Reception

"Honey, Honey" was released in several European countries, the United States, Australia & New Zealand, but not in the UK. ABBA's British record label, Epic Records, decided to release a remixed version of "Ring Ring" instead of "Honey, Honey". However, this single only reached No.32, and a cover version of "Honey, Honey" recorded by the act Sweet Dreams, featuring vocalist Polly Brown, hit the UK top 10.

"Honey, Honey" spent 4 months in the top 5 in West Germany and also reached the top 5 in Austria, Spain and Switzerland.[1] In the United States, "Honey, Honey" was moderately successful compared to the group's later singles. It reached No.27 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts; the 1st ABBA single to reach the AC chart.

Cash Box called it "a sweet pop rocker, featuring tight harmonies and excellent production."[2]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Honey Honey"
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
2:56
2."Dance (While The Music Still Goes On)"
  • Ulvaeus
  • Andersson
3:05

Official versions

Personnel

ABBA

Additional personnel and production staff

Chart performance

Cover versions

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Appearances in other media

References

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