Super Trouper – ABBA

THIS DAY IN MUSIC…………………………………..on November 29th of 1980 “Super Trouper” by ABBA occupy the #1 position on the UK Singles Chart. Written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus the song – with lead vocals by Anni-Frid Lyngstad – had the working title “Blinka Lilla Stjärna” and was the last track to be written and recorded for the album (ultimately replacing the track “Put On Your White Sombrero”). “Super Trouper” is included on the compilation album Gold: Greatest Hits, and also features in the musical Mamma Mia! A super trouper is a type of spotlight, hence the lyric: “Tonight the Super trouper lights are gonna find me.” This song was the last to be written for the Super Trouper album. In fact, the name “Super Trouper” had already been chosen as an album title, named after the stage lights of the same name. It was a lucky coincidence that the song Benny and Bjorn were writing to be an up tempo single ended up fitting with the title.”Super Trouper” continued ABBA’s run of chart success, particularly in Europe. It was to become ABBA’s ninth (and final) No. 1 in the United Kingdom. This distinction placed ABBA fourth for the most UK chart-toppers in history (behind The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard); a position the group would keep for almost 20 years until Madonna scored her tenth UK No. 1 with “Music” in August 2000.The track was also the third biggest selling single in the UK for 1980. Outside of Europe, “Super Trouper” was a more modest hit. In the United States for example, where ABBA never quite managed to achieve the same sort of popularity experienced elsewhere, the single only reached No. 45. However, combined with “Lay All Your Love on Me” and “On and On and On”, it topped the US Hot Dance Club Play chart in May 1981.