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"Mamma Mia"
Danish vinyl single
Single by ABBA
from the album ABBA
B-side
ReleasedSeptember 1975
Recorded12 March 1975
StudioMetronome Studio
GenreGlam rock, pop rock
Length3:35
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Benny Andersson
  • Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"SOS"
(1975)
"Mamma Mia"
(1975)
"Rock Me"
(1976)
Music video
"Mamma Mia" on YouTube

"Mamma Mia" is a song by the Swedish pop group ABBA, written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, with the lead vocals shared by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It is the opening track on the group's third album, the self-titled ABBA. The song was released in September 1975 as its sixth single. The song's name is derived from Italian, where it is an interjection used in situations of surprise, anguish, or excitement. It corresponds to the English interjection "my, my!" (which can indeed be found in some lines within the song) but literally means "my mum". The song was ABBA's first number 1 in the UK since "Waterloo" in 1974.

History and impact

The distinctive sound at the start of the song is the marimba.[1] According to biographer Carl Magnus Palm, the instrument was incorporated at the last minute, added after Benny Andersson found it in the studio and decided its "tick tock" rhythm was perfect for the track.[2]

"Mamma Mia" was written at the home of Agnetha Fältskog and Björn Ulvaeus, and was the last track recorded for the album ABBA. It was one of four songs from the album to have a music video made to promote the album. Initially, however, "Mamma Mia" was never intended for release as a single.[1] Around this time, many artists were recording ABBA songs (such as "Honey, Honey" and "Bang a Boomerang"), similarly ABBA offered "Mamma Mia" to British pop group Brotherhood of Man, who turned it down.[3]

"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" topped the Australian charts for three weeks; however, the promo clip for "Mamma Mia" proved the more popular after repeat screenings on Australian television, notably Countdown. ABBA's Australian record company, RCA, asked that "Mamma Mia" be released as a single but Polar Music refused.[4] However, Stig Anderson agreed to this; "Mamma Mia" was released in Australia in August 1975, where it spent 10 weeks at number one.[1] Cash Box said the single was "an example of [ABBA's] excellent musical taste," stating that the "tune is upbeat, with characteristically varied textures."[5]

After this success in Australia, Epic Records in the United Kingdom took notice of ABBA for the first time since their Eurovision Song Contest winner "Waterloo". From then on, Epic began to heavily promote ABBA's singles with the immediate result of "S.O.S." reaching the Top 10 in the British market, their first hit since "Waterloo". "Mamma Mia" soon followed, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in January 1976, the second of ABBA's 18 consecutive Top 10 singles there.[1]

The B-side for the Australian release of "Mamma Mia" was "Hey, Hey Helen". In most other countries the B-side was the instrumental "Intermezzo Number 1". ABBA's British label Epic selected "Tropical Loveland" as the B-side for the UK release, believing another vocal track, especially one showcasing ABBA in a different musical style, would better promote the parent album.

As of September 2021, it is ABBA's seventh-biggest song in the UK with 860,000 chart sales (pure sales and digital streams).[6]

Track listings

International single

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Mamma Mia"
3:32
2."Intermezzo No. 1"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
3:48

UK single

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Mamma Mia"
3:32
2."Tropical Loveland"
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
  • Anderson
3:05

Personnel

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[33] Gold 45,000double-dagger
Italy (FIMI)[34]
sales since 2009
Gold 25,000double-dagger
Kenya 10,000[35]
Portugal 20,000[36]
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 860,000[37]
West Germany 300,000[39]
Yugoslavia[40] Silver 55,000[40]
United States 193,000[41]
Summaries
Europe 3,500,000[42]

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

A-Teens version

"Mamma Mia"
Single by A-Teens
from the album The ABBA Generation
Released30 April 1999 (1999-04-30)
Studio
Length3:44
LabelStockholm
Songwriter(s)
  • Benny Andersson
  • Stig Anderson
  • Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Ole Evenrude
A-Teens singles chronology
"Mamma Mia"
(1999)
"Super Trouper"
(1999)
Music video
"Mamma Mia" on YouTube

"Mamma Mia" is the debut single of Swedish pop group A-Teens. It was released on 30 April 1999 by Stockholm Records as the first single from their debut album, The ABBA Generation. The song is a cover of the popular hit by ABBA.

Upon its release, it became a smash hit in Sweden, where it peaked at number one and stayed there for eight consecutive weeks, earning a quadruple platinum certification.

On initial pressings of the single, the name of the band appeared as ABBA-Teens, but Stockholm Records thought it would be better to change the name of the band to A-Teens, so new pressings of the single were made.

Commercial performance

The single reached the top 20 in several European countries, reaching number three in Norway, number nine in Switzerland and the Netherlands, number 10 in Germany, number 12 in the United Kingdom, and number 14 in Austria and Finland. A Spanish version of the song was recorded for promotion in Latin America and Spain. Despite the worldwide success, the song failed to attract the Australian public, peaking at 72 on the ARIA Singles Chart, although it did reach number 13 in New Zealand.

In the United States, the single peaked at 63 on the Billboard Hot Single Sales Chart, becoming the band's first single to chart in the country.[43]

Music video

The music video was directed by Henrik Sylvén and was filmed in Sweden. It shows the A-Teens as waiters at an art exposition, and they are suppressed by the manager; but soon they discover that one of the paintings transports them to a party where the manager and patrons he's helping also join in on the fun.

Track listings

European 2-track CD single

  1. "Mamma Mia" (Radio Version) – 3:43
  2. "Mamma Mia" (Extended Version) – 5:48

European maxi-CD single

  1. "Mamma Mia" (Radio Version) – 3:43
  2. "Mamma Mia" (Giuseppe Remix) – 5:35
  3. "Mamma Mia" (Jam Lab Remix) – 3:56
  4. "Mamma Mia" (Extended Version) – 5:48

U.K. CD1

  1. "Mamma Mia" (Radio Version) – 3:45
  2. "Lay All Your Love on Me" – 4:04
  3. "Mamma Mia" (Karaoke Version) – 3:45
  4. "Mamma Mia" (CD-Rom Video) – 3:45

U.K. CD2

  1. "Mamma Mia" (Extended Version) – 5:48
  2. "Mamma Mia" (The Bold & The Beautiful Glamourmix Edit) – 3:46
  3. "Mamma Mia" (Trouser Enthusiasts' Undying Dub) – 9:20

U.K. cassette

  1. "Mamma Mia" (Radio Version) – 3:45
  2. "Mamma Mia" (Karaoke Version) – 3:45

U.S. CD single

  1. "Mamma Mia" (Radio Version) – 3:43
  2. "Mamma Mia" (Extended Version) – 5:48

Charts

Certifications

Certifications and sales for "Mamma Mia"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Norway (IFPI Norway)[68] Gold  
Sweden (GLF)[69] 4× Platinum 120,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Release dates and formats for "Mamma Mia"
Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
Sweden 30 April 1999 (1999-04-30) CD Stockholm [60]
United Kingdom 23 August 1999 (1999-08-23)
  • CD
  • cassette
[70]
United States 28 September 1999 (1999-09-28) Contemporary hit radio MCA [71]

Mamma Mia! version

"Mamma Mia" was recorded by Meryl Streep for the soundtrack of Mamma Mia!. Her version was released on 8 July 2008 alongside the rest of the soundtrack, by Decca and Polydor Records. It was produced by Benny Andersson.

Charts

Chart performance for "Mamma Mia"
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Norway (VG-lista)[72] 17
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[73] 55
UK Singles (OCC)[74] 96
US Billboard Hot 100[75] 99

Certifications

Certificaions and sales for "Mamma Mia"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[76] Silver 200,000double-dagger

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

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again version

Lily James, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies recorded "Mamma Mia" for the soundtrack of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Their version was released on 13 July 2018 alongside the rest of the soundtrack, by Capitol and Polydor Records. It was produced by Benny Andersson.

Charts

Chart performance for "Mamma Mia"
Chart (2018) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[77] 49
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[78] 21
Scotland (OCC)[79] 54
UK Singles (OCC)[80] 57

Certifications

Certifications for "Mamma Mia"
Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[81] Silver 200,000double-dagger

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

References and appearances in other media

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