Ten top twenty singles (one of which hit number one) and five top twenty albums have not been enough to earn the Swedish quartet a Grammy statue. Despite their massive success, they never even received a nomination until they reunited in the last few years, fifty years after they began their recording career.
ABBA won Eurovision in 1974 and has won too many international awards to count, including recognition as Ivor Novello and Brit Billions honorees. Their influence extended well beyond music, into fashion and film. But if you just stick to music, they have had an outsized impact on pop vocal performance and on the entire genre of world music.
“Dancing Queen,” which has to be on the shortlist of greatest pop vocal songs ever, was included in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015, but pleasant, forgettable songs like Chicago’s “If You Leave Me Now,” and Starland Vocal Band’s “Afternoon Delight,” slurped up most of the Grammy love the year of “Dancing Queen’s” release.