Money, Money, Money

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"Money, Money, Money"
Single by ABBA
from the album Arrival
B-side"Crazy World"
Released1 November 1976
Format7" single
Recorded17 May 1976
at Metronome Studio
GenrePop rock
Length3:05
LabelPolar (Sweden)
Epic (UK)
Atlantic (US)
Writer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
CertificationGold (France)[citation needed]
Gold (UK)[citation needed]
ABBA singles chronology
"Dancing Queen"
(1976)
"Money, Money, Money"
(1976)
"That's Me"
(1976)
Music video
"Money, Money, Money" on YouTube
 
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"Money, Money, Money"
Single by ABBA
from the album Arrival
B-side"Crazy World"
Released1 November 1976
Format7" single
Recorded17 May 1976
at Metronome Studio
GenrePop rock
Length3:05
LabelPolar (Sweden)
Epic (UK)
Atlantic (US)
Writer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
CertificationGold (France)[citation needed]
Gold (UK)[citation needed]
ABBA singles chronology
"Dancing Queen"
(1976)
"Money, Money, Money"
(1976)
"That's Me"
(1976)
Music video
"Money, Money, Money" on YouTube

"Money, Money, Money" is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It was released as a single on 1 November 1976, as the follow-up to "Dancing Queen" (both from the album Arrival). The B-side, "Crazy World", was recorded in 1974 during the sessions for the album ABBA.

The song is sung from the viewpoint of a woman who, despite hard work, can barely keep her finances in surplus, and therefore desires a well-off man.

ABBA perform parts of "Money, Money, Money" live in the 1977 film ABBA: The Movie. In the popular musical, Mamma Mia!, the song is sung by the character of Donna as she explains how hard she has to work to keep the taverna in order and her dreams of a better life. In the 2008 film, Meryl Streep sings the song.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Money, Money, Money" was inspired by the film Cabaret, showing Frida wearing a hat typical of the 1920s. The video varies from her determined presence in reality during the verses, to the dream sequences about money and "the good life" in the chorus. The video's director, Lasse Hallström, later acknowledged "Money, Money, Money" as the best ABBA video he ever directed.[1]

An alternate music video was filmed for the TV special 'ABBA-DADDA-DOOO!!" featuring Agnetha and Frida in 1930s style flapper dresses, with feathers in their hair.[2]

Reception[edit]

"Money, Money, Money" was the second worldwide hit from Arrival. The song became a number-one chart hit in Australia (ABBA's fifth consecutive chart-topper there), Belgium, France, West Germany, The Netherlands, Mexico and New Zealand, while reaching the top three in Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, Norway and Switzerland.

By peaking at No. 3 in the UK, "Money, Money, Money" was the only ABBA single between "Mamma Mia" in January 1976 and "Take a Chance on Me" in February 1978 not to top the UK chart.[3] A British poll of "The Nations Favourite ABBA song" in December 2010 saw "Money, Money, Money" placed at #22 (out of 25).

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1976/1977)Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart1
Austrian Singles Chart3
Belgian Singles Chart1
Dutch Singles Chart1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles1
Finnish Singles Chart7
French Singles Chart1
German Singles Chart1
Irish Singles Chart2
Mexican Singles Chart[4]1
New Zealand Singles Chart1
Norwegian Singles Chart2
Swiss Singles Chart2
UK Singles Chart3
US Billboard Hot 10056

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ABBAsite.com – In Focus – Part 1
  2. ^ Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 85. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
  3. ^ Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 122. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
  4. ^ Scott, Robert (2002) 'ABBA: Thank You for the Music – The Stories Behind Every Song', Carlton Books Limited: Great Britain, p.80
  5. ^ Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 209. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995

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