To survive in the music industry, longevity is “The Name of the Game” — and ABBA has that in spades.
Gold, the Swedish pop stars’ greatest hits collection, has now become the longest-running album of all time in the Top 100 of the U.K.’s album chart.
Unbelievably, the collection, which was released in 1992, has just passed its 900th week on the chart. That’s way more than, for example, Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon, which “only” notched 534 weeks on the album chart in the U.K.
Gold, features all nine of ABBA’s British #1 hits, including “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “Fernando.” It debuted at #1 when it first came out.
Of the album’s 900 weeks, 61 were spent in the chart’s top 10 — most recently in 2018, around the time the sequel to the hit ABBA-inspired film Mamma Mia! hit theaters.
In the U.K., Gold is the second-biggest selling album of all time. The only album that’s sold more is Queen‘s Greatest Hits, which spent 867 weeks in the Top 100.
Last year, ABBA said they’d reunited after 35 years to record two new songs — “I Still Have Faith in You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down” — for a “Virtual ABBA” experience. The songs were scheduled to premiere as part of a TV special last year, but their release was delayed until this year.
A rep for the group told Variety in January that they were aiming for a fall release.
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