STORY OF SONG
“Take A Chance On Me” was released as the second single from Swedish pop group ABBA and their fifth studio album, “ABBA: The Album”, which was released in 1978. The Europop/disco song was written and produced by members Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus.
“Take A Chance On Me” was originally titled “Billy Boy”, and came from Ulvaeus who would sing a “tck-a-ch” rhythm to himself while he would go running. Eventually, this rhythm turned into the lyrics “take a chance”. It was also one of the first songs where manager Stig Anderson did not partake in the song writing process, which lead to Andersson and Ulvaeus developing their own process and partnership.
The video for “Take A Chance On Me” was directed by Swedish film director Lasse Hallström and was released in 1978. The music video features ABBA singing to the camera with a plain background, with a split screen displaying their faces, switching to a large plain studio following the members as they sing. Since its upload to YouTube in October 2009, the video has 103.2 million views and 300 thousand likes.
Release Date: January 1978, April 1978 (US)
Songwriter/s: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Producer/s: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Label: Polar (Sweden), Epic (UK) & Atlantic (US)
Music Video Release Date: 1978
Music Video Director: Lasse Hallström
Chart Rankings: “Take A Chance On Me” charted at #8 in Australia upon its release, #1 in both Austria and Belgium, #3 and #7 in Canada, #10 in France, #3 in Germany, #1 in Ireland, #67 in Japan, #1 in Mexico, #14 in New Zealand, #8 in Norway, #6 in South Africa, #3 in Switzerland, #1 in the UK, #9 on the US Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and #5 on the U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles chart.
The lyrics to “Take A Chance On Me” can be accessed here: LINK