abba's record-breaking 1,000 weeks in u.k. album chart.



by Helvine Achieng July 12, 2021

Abba's greatest hits compilation Gold has become the first record to spend 1,000 weeks in the U.K.'s album chart. The record is the second-biggest seller of all time in the U.K. with sales of 5.61 million, only behind Queen's Greatest Hits.

Abba Gold has spent eight weeks at number one over the years and is currently at number 17.

The group's biggest-selling record eclipsed studio albums like Voulez-Vous and Arrival, which reached number one in the 1970s. The compilation was put together when critics were praising the band's career. It was preceded in early 1992 by Erasure's Abba-Esque EP, which saw the synth-pop band cover four songs, including Lay All Your Love On Me and S.O.S.

The E.P. charted throughout Europe and the United States, reaching number one in the U.K. and Sweden, signalling the lasting appeal of Abba's music 10 years after they broke up.Featuring the Swedish band's biggest songs Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia and Waterloo, it has now spent a total of 19 years and 12 weeks in the top 100.

"Not bad for four old turnips," joked Benny Andersson on hearing the news.

"To have racked up 1,000 weeks on the Official Albums Chart, a solid 20 years of chart presence, is quite remarkable," said charts boss Martin Talbot. "It not only highlights [Abba's] incredible popularity but just how closely they have connected with a succession of new generations."