The ABBA Generation
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Studio album by
Released25 August 1999
RecordedJanuary–March 1999
Studio
  • Jam Lab Studio 3 (Gothenburg)
  • Hitsville Studios (Halden)
  • RNT Studios (Varberg)
  • Janglers Inn (Stockholm)
  • Polar Studios (Stockholm)
  • Recordia Studio (Varberg)
  • Stockhouse Studios (Stockholm)
Genre
Length42:50
Label
Producer
  • Ole Evenrude
  • Johan S
  • Thomas Johansson
  • Ronald Malmberg
  • Hartmann
  • Langhoff
A-Teens chronology
The ABBA Generation
(1999)
Extr-A-Teens
(2000)
Alternative cover
2000 North American edition
2000 North American edition
Singles from The ABBA Generation
  1. "Mamma Mia"
    Released: 30 April 1999
  2. "Super Trouper"
    Released: 2 August 1999
  3. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
    Released: 25 October 1999
  4. "Dancing Queen"
    Released: 7 March 2000

The ABBA Generation is the debut studio album by Swedish pop group A-Teens. It was released on 25 August 1999 by Stockholm Records. The album is composed of cover versions of well-known ABBA songs. The album spawned four singles, "Mamma Mia", "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", "Super Trouper", and "Dancing Queen".

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]
The A.V. Club(average)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
laut.de[4]
Rolling Stone[5]

Despite its commercial success around the world, the album received overwhelmingly negative reviews from music critics. Giving the album three out of five stars, Alex Henderson of AllMusic said that the groups "versions of ABBA gems like "Take a Chance on Me", "Mamma Mia", "Dancing Queen", and "Voulez-Vous" aren't brilliant, but they're enjoyable—and they show just how well the songs have held up over time." He concluded his review by saying, “All things considered, The ABBA Generation is a pleasing, if unremarkable, testament to the durability of ABBA's songs." In an average review for The A.V. Club, Steven Thompson wrote, "Pop music doesn't get more marginal than a collection of overdriven dance-pop covers, but The ABBA Generation succeeds on its own modest terms." David Hiltbrand of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+, saying that the group "look and sound better than their supergroup heroes; even the music is spruced up, thanks to a cast of savvy Swedish producers." Writing for Rolling Stone, Arion Berger gave the album one and a half out of five stars, saying that "all the keyboard doodling and note-for-note diligence in Scandinavia wouldn't help these poseurs bring the pure-pop greatness of the real ABBA to life."

Track listing

All tracks written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, except as noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Mamma Mia"Andersson, Ulvaeus, Stig Anderson3:47
2."Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" 3:57
3."Super Trouper" 3:52
4."One of Us" 3:55
5."Voulez-Vous" 3:42
6."S.O.S." 3:12
7."Dancing Queen"Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson3:50
8."Take a Chance on Me" 3:53
9."Lay All Your Love on Me" 4:03
10."The Name of the Game"Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson4:22
11."Our Last Summer" 4:28
Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Mamma Mia" (Spanish Version)Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson3:43
13."Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)" (Spanish Version) 3:54
Japan edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Knowing Me, Knowing You"Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson4:28
13."Mamma Mia" (Jam Lab Remix)Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson3:56
14."Super Trouper" (Pinocchio Remix) 5:08
US Target edition bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."A-Teens Mega Mix"Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson7:36

Personnel

Adapted from the album liner notes.

Musicians

Production

Other personnel

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[26] Platinum 60,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[27] Gold 25,000*
Chile 95,000[28]
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[29] Platinum 43,628[29]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[30] Gold 75,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[31] Platinum 100,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[32] Platinum 50,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[33] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[34] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[35] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[36] Gold 25,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Gold 500,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[38] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

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