“SOS” is the fourth track from Swedish pop group ABBA and their 1975 self-titled album. The song was written by ABBA members Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, with help from frequent collaborator Stig Anderson. Ulvaeus and Andersson also produced “SOS”.
“SOS” is a unique pop song for its time, as it opens with a classical keyboard and an emotional solo. The track is about a cry to a lover who seems to ignore them and no longer them, hence the term “SOS”, often used as a signal and cry for help.
The music video was released in the same year as the song, and was directed by Lasse Hallström, featuring ABBA singing the track in a room with mirrors, where the bandmates sometimes look distorted. Since its upload to YouTube in October 2009, the music video for “SOS” has over 60 million views.
Release Date: June 1975 (Sweden), 8th September 1975 (UK) & 20th September 1975 (US)
Songwriter/s: Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson & Stig Anderson
Producer/s: Björn Ulvaeus & Benny Andersson
Label/s: Polar (Sweden), Epic (UK), Atlantic (US), Mushroom/Warner Bros. (Oceania)
Music Video Release Date: 1975
Music Video Director: Lasse Hallström
Chart Rankings & Certifications: “SOS” performed extremely well after its release, charting at #1 in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, New Zealand and South Africa; #2 in Austria, the Netherlands, Italy, Mexico and Norway; and mostly in the Top 20 in most countries around the world. “SOS” is certified Platinum in Japan.
The lyrics to “SOS” can be found here: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/abba/sos.html