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Story of Song

Its metaphor, Waterloo is the place and the name of the battle that finally defeated Napoleon; when someone meets their Waterloo; it means that they have finally been defeated. The song is about a girl who resisted having a relationship and falling in love but finally she is defeated and admits that her fate is to be with him.

Release date

Released on March 4, 1974


Benny Andersson – Bjorn ulvaeus – Stig Anderson



Chart Rankings

US – 6

UK – 1


The first single for Abba to reach number 1 in the UK, “Waterloo” was in the top 10 charts in 20 countries and peaked at number 1 in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and the UK. Abba recorded other versions in French, German and French – Swedish and achieved big success by topping the chart in West Germany and winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.

Artist’s age on release date

The band ABBA was active for 2 years.  Agnetha Fältskog was 24, Björn Ulvaeus was 29, Benny Andersson was 28, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad was 28 years of age.

Cover Versions

Seija Simola & Ami Aspelund – Lecia & Lucienne (in Danish language) – Nashville (Swedish band) – The Wynners (Hong Kong pop band) – Doctor & The Medics – Nation (Swedish band) – Cloth – Los Enemigos – Banarama – Black Ingvars (in Swedish language) – Arrival – Abbacadabra – Pamela McNeil – Moto Industries (instrumental) – Michelle Hardwick – Banaroo –Edie- The Dan Band – Rajaton & A cappella choral – The Innocent Voices of Choir (Hong Kong) – Riff Raff – Popdudes featuring Kenny Howes – Gabba – BNB group – Audioscasm (Australia) – Mrs. Einstein – No Matter What – Phil Glanville (electronic version) – Marty & His Rockin’ Comets – Olsen Brothers (Danish duo) – Lenna Kuurmaa & Tanel Padar.


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