By Bad Seed
"Mamma Mia" is a song from ABBA's third album, ABBA, written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson., with the lead vocals shared by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA's ubiquitous single initially topped the charts in 1975 in Australia for 11 weeks, where the band was possibly more popular than anywhere else at this point. At the time, it was rumoured that every third citizen of the country owned an ABBA record. It was almost entirely due to this overwhelming success that the single was subsequently, but reluctantly, released in the UK and other territories. While never released as a single in their native Sweden, "Mamma Mia" was one of the act's first songs to make a breakthrough in the UK. It took the single nearly two months after it was released to top the UK charts. Interestingly, Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (the No.1 single that preceded "Mamma Mia" on the charts) also contained the words 'Mamma Mia' in the lyrics. Please click on my username or subscribe for access to all my ABBA vids. 973 million coming. Best Wishes to all and ABBA Rocks! :)
"Mamma Mia" also reached No.1 in Ireland, Switzerland and West Germany, and made the Top Five in New Zealand, Norway, Belgium, Austria and South Africa. The single was released in the United States in January 1976, where it took twenty weeks to rise up the Billboard Hot 100, eventually peaking at #32.
The single's popularity was boosted by a promotional music video, in which one of the singers' faces were shown in profile opposite the others' faces.