Song of the Day, September 11: The Winner Takes It All by ABBA

ABBAWinnerToday’s song is ABBA’s The Winner Takes It All. It’s a sad ballad sung by Agnetha, the tale of a romance crashing to a close. Bjorn and Benny wrote an especially sophisticated lyric, capturing the guilt felt on both sides, even while the narrator’s tone becomes increasingly bitter.

Given the fragmenting marriages within the group, many think of the track as autobiographical. All the band members deny that, but the art mirroring life aspects are hard to ignore. Whatever its origins, it’s a powerful song and one of the finest in the band’s rich pop history. It’s also their last big hit in the US, going to #8 and topping the Adult Contemporary chart.

Enjoy this classic track today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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