ABBA won Eurovision in 1974 with ‘Waterloo’, marking 50 years next year.
The country Sweden won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time with ‘Waterloo’. The song became a huge international hit and was the starting point of Abba’s world-renowned international career. They were the first group to ever win rather than a solo performer.
The title and lyrics are taken from the 1815 Battle of Waterloo where Napoleon was defeated. Abba use it as a metaphor for a romantic relationship where a woman promises to love a man. It topped the charts in several countries and reached the top 10 in the United States. The 'Waterloo' single was ABBA's first to enter the Australian top 10, reaching number 4, while the album reached only number 67 at this time.
Next year after the choir sings ‘Waterloo’ we will segue into an ABBA Medley played by the orchestra, and then finish with the choir singing one chorus of ‘Thank you for the Music’.
How many Abba songs do you know? Will you know any songs in the orchestra medley? You’ll have to wait and see.