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ABBA Classics Sung in Swedish (and Spanish)

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ABBA were a Swedish pop sensation in the 1970s; the word "ABBA" is an acronym for the first letters of the bandmembers' names. Although I know their pop hits in English, they also sang (of course) in their native Swedish, plus they released a record in Spanish. Tonight, sit back and enjoy some of your favorite ABBA tunes performed in other tongues. (And be prepared to quote Muriel's Wedding: "My life is as good as an Abba song. It's as good as 'Dancing Queen!'")

Warning: tons of lip-syncing ahoy!

"Waterloo" (1974)

Waterloo - så har man funnit'sin överman
Waterloo - mäktig och väldig och stark är han
Waterloo - allting känns rätt, och det är min tro
Waterloo - du är mitt öde, mitt Waterloo
Wa Wa Wa Wa Waterloo - du är mitt öde, mitt Waterloo

"S.O.S." (1975)

Säj vem kan svara och vem kan förklara?
S.O.S.
Var är min kära som var mej så nära?
S.O.S.

"Fernando" (1975)

Okay, technically this is from Anni-Frid's solo album, but some enterprising YouTuber has cut together ABBA band footage with the Swedish version, and added English subtitles.

"Fernando" (En Español) (1980)

To make up for that last one being a solo version, here's a take on "Fernando" from ABBA's Spanish-language "Gracias Por La Música" record.

"Chiquitita" (En Español) (1980)

One more Spanish-language classic.

"Honey, Honey" (1974)

Honey honey, underbara, ah-ha, honey honey
honey honey, söta rara, ah-ha, honey honey

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