Sweden: Happy Birthday, Waterloo!

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This year will bring the 40th Anniversary of the most remembered and famous Eurovision song ever, Waterloo. The globally famous Swedish band, ABBA, are celebrating their Eurovision victory’s 40th anniversary.

On 6 April 1974 ABBA won that year’s Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with their song Waterloo. This victory and the success that the song achieved afterwards contributed to build up a cult around it. In fact, it continues to be one of the most remembered and renowned events in the history of the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2005 it was chosen as the best song in the competition’s history.

Next 6 April it will be 40 years since Waterloo was sung by ABBA at The Dome in Brighton, United Kingdom, making its way up the scoreboard to the 1st place with 24 points (it was 1974 and the voting system was different). This anniversary will be celebrated by the record label with which ABBA was working at the time, Polar Music International (now part of the Universal Music Group) by releasing a number of reissues, bonus tracks and other activities.

Waterloo is not only a Eurovision hit: it reached number one in lists across Europe (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany…) and outside of Europe (South Africa). It also made it to the Top 10 in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US.

The song was written by ABBA components Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus with their manager Stieg Anderson.

It will soon be 40 years since Waterloo was released and won the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, but the impact that it still has gives the impression that it is as fresh as ever.

Stay tuned to esctoday.com for more news on Sweden and the Eurovision Song Contest.

Will you make a note in your calendar for next 6 April? Are you planning to participate in the celebrations? Or maybe planning any on your own…? Let us know how much you like ABBA in the comments section.