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"Thank You for the Music"
Single by ABBA
from the album The Album
A-side"Eagle"
ReleasedMay 1978
Recorded21 July 1977
StudioGlen Studio
Length3:52
LabelPolar (original release)
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Benny Andersson
  • Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Take a Chance on Me"
(1978)
"Thank You for the Music" / "Eagle"
(1978)
"Summer Night City"
(1978)
Music video
"Thank You for the Music" on YouTube

"Thank You for the Music" is a song by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It was originally featured on the group's fifth studio album, The Album (1977), and was released as a double-A sided single with "Eagle" in May 1978 in limited territories, namely Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland and Australia. In South Africa where it peaked at number 2 in August 1978 and became the eighteenth best-selling single of that year.

"Gracias por la Música" is the Spanish-language recording of "Thank You for the Music", with lyrics by Buddy and Mary McCluskey. The B-side was the Spanish-language version of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" entitled "¡Dame! ¡Dame! ¡Dame!". The song was released in 1980 to promote the band's Spanish-language album/compilation Gracias Por La Música. It was the group's seventh best-selling Spanish single, and also peaked at number 4 in Argentina.

"Thank You for the Music" also formed part of ABBA: The Movie which featured studio recordings of selected songs from the then newly released album ABBA: The Album. The song is included in the final scenes as the hapless journalist finally gets to broadcast his ABBA radio special, including an interview, on Australian radio. The song is accompanied by footage of a studio recording session, a live stage performance and a mimed studio performance by the four members of the group. The song also plays over the closing titles as the camera pans out from the band performing in a hut on an island in the Stockholm archipelago to views of the archipelago itself.

The song was re-released in November 1983, to promote the Epic Records compilation album of the same name.

"Thank You for the Music"
Single by ABBA
from the album Thank You for the Music: A Collection of Love Songs
B-side"Our Last Summer"
Released6 November 1983 (1983-11-06)
Length3:52
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
ABBA singles chronology
"Under Attack"
(1982)
"Thank You for the Music"
(1983)
"I Still Have Faith in You" / "Don't Shut Me Down"
(2021)
Spanish version single cover (1980) from Gracias Por La Música

History

The recording of "Thank You for the Music" started in Marcus Music Studio in Stockholm, 2 June 1977. The group had also performed the tune at their concert tour through Europe and Australia during the spring of 1977, as part of a mini musical "The Girl with the Golden Hair" where the song was used as an ending encore. The lyrics used in this live version were slightly different from the studio version recorded later. Before the tour, in December 1976, Andersson and Ulvaeus also performed a segment of the melody on piano and acoustic guitar on the Swedish evening news programme "Rapport".

The first recording of the tune had a jazzy cabaret feel with Agnetha Fältskog on solo song, inspired by artists in the style of Doris Day and similar. The group later made another arrangement of the same melody, which became the more widely known version. The first version was released in its entirety on the 1994 CD-box "Thank You for the Music". The later version was recorded 21 July 1977 in Glen Studio (a family studio that used to be located in the Glenmark family home but now relocated to a small former grocery shop close to their home).

The song was included on "The Album" and was used as a final melody in the film "ABBA - The Movie", which had its premiere at Christmas of 1977. The single "Eagle" of May 1978 also had this song as its B-side. It was later included on "Greatest Hits Vol. 2" released fall of 1979, when ABBA started touring North America and Europe. A promotion video was recorded in February 1978, directed by Lasse Hallström, where ABBA sings "Thank You for the Music" in front of kids singing along.

"Thank You for the Music" was later included on "ABBA Gold - Greatest Hits" of 1992. In 1999, it was used for the musical "Mamma Mia!", and in 2008 for the film with the same title. When the musical was translated to Swedish by Niklas Strömstedt, it got the title "Tack för alla sånger".

Reception

It was not released as a single in the United Kingdom and Ireland until late 1983, peaking at number 33 and number 17 respectively, despite being released in both a poster sleeve and a picture disc in addition to the regular version. The low chart placings could be attributed to ABBA's declining popularity since their last Top 10 hit in 1981. Because of the song's inclusion on ABBA: The Album and Greatest Hits Vol.2 (both of which topped the UK charts), as well as being performed by the band during their world tours, it can be said that "Thank You for the Music" had been heard by fans and the like many times up to this point. The title itself is often also taken to signal the end of ABBA, leading it to be considered a farewell song. In the Netherlands, the song peaked at number 23.

As of September 2021, it is ABBA's 20th-biggest song in the UK, including both pure sales and digital streams.[1]

Charts

Certifications

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

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

Personnel

ABBA

Additional personnel and production staff

Cover versions

Live covers and appearances in other media

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