|Single by ABBA|
|from the album The Singles: The First Ten Years|
|B-side||"You Owe Me One"|
|Released||3 December 1982|
|Recorded||2–4 August 1982|
|Studio||Polar Music Studios|
|ABBA singles chronology|
"Under Attack" is a song by Swedish pop group ABBA, released in December 1982 as the second and final single from the compilation The Singles: The First Ten Years.
ABBA recorded "Under Attack" between 2 and 4 August 1982 at Polar Music Studios, Stockholm. The group had originally intended to release a new studio album, but instead decided to release a double-album compilation of their past singles while adding two new songs from the session. The two new tracks that made it onto The Singles: The First Ten Years were "The Day Before You Came" and "Under Attack". The latter would eventually be added to the expanded editions of The Visitors album.
On 11 December 1982, ABBA performed "Under Attack" on the BBC's Late Late Breakfast Show, in what was their last collective performance.
"Under Attack" was not a commercial success upon its release. ABBA's popularity was in decline and the two preceding singles ("Head over Heels" and "The Day Before You Came") had failed to reach No. 1 anywhere. Although a Top 5 hit in Belgium and the Netherlands, and a Top 20 single in a couple of other European charts, it did not become a major hit anywhere else. It peaked at No. 26 in the United Kingdom. In Australia, where the group's popularity only a few years earlier had rivaled that of The Beatles, "Under Attack" only reached No. 96 in the singles chart. "Under Attack" became ABBA's lowest charting single since "So Long". After the single's release, ABBA went on a temporary hiatus that effectively lasted for almost 40 years.
"Under Attack" is featured in the musical theatre production Mamma Mia! but not in the film.
ABBA filmed a music video for "Under Attack" on 16 November 1982. The video shows ABBA navigating their way through an empty warehouse filled with red beacon lights. The video ends with the four members walking through the open warehouse door and into the distance, their backs to the camera, reaching the end of ABBA.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||96|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||2|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||8|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||5|
|Netherlands (Single Top 100)||7|
|UK Singles (OCC)||26|
|West Germany (Official German Charts)||22|