Happy New Year (song)

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"Happy New Year"
Happy New Year Abba 45.jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album Super Trouper
B-side"Andante, Andante"
Released1980
RecordedJanuary 1980
Length4:23
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Our Last Summer"
(1980)
"Happy New Year"
(1980)
"Andante, Andante"
(1981)
Music video
"Happy New Year" (Official) on YouTube
"Felicidad"
Cover for Argentinian release
Cover for Argentinian release

"Happy New Year" is a song by Swedish group ABBA from their 1980 album Super Trouper. The lead vocals are by Agnetha Fältskog. The song's working title was the more festive and humorous "Daddy Don't Get Drunk on Christmas Day".[1] Although written and recorded in January 1980, the English-language version of the song was not released as a single in Europe until 1999[2] and charted at no. 34 in Sweden,[3] no. 15 in the Netherlands,[4] no. 75 in Germany,[5] to promote the CD re-release of many of ABBA's singles.

"Felicidad"[6] was the Spanish-language version of the song. The single charted in the top 5 in Argentina. The song was also included on the South American versions of the Super Trouper album. Released in 1980 in Argentina, the single's B-side was "Andante, Andante".

"Felicidad" was first released on CD as part of the 1994 Polydor US compilation Más ABBA Oro, and in 1999 on the expanded re-release of ABBA Oro: Grandes Éxitos.

In 2008, it was released again in several countries, and charted no. 25 in Denmark,[7] no. 11 in Norway,[8] and no. 4 in Sweden.[3] It re-entered the Sweden and Norway charts in 2009 at no. 5 in both charts and reached the Dutch Top 10 in 2011.[3][8]

In December 2011 a silver glitter vinyl single limited to 500 pieces was released including the songs Happy New Year and The Way Old Friends Do. The edition was available from the official ABBA site and the ABBF fan site only. It was sold out within the day of announcing the release.[9]

Upon the release of ABBA: The 40th Anniversary Singles Box Set on 5 May 2014, it was discovered that an alternate mix of "Andante, Andante" was used on the b-side of the single in the boxset instead of the original album version.

A-Teens version[edit]

"Happy New Year"
ATEENSHappyNewYear.jpg
Single by A-Teens
Released3 December 1999[10]
Length4:24
LabelUniversal Music Group
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Björn Stigsson
  • Andreas Rickstrand
A-Teens singles chronology
"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"
(1999)
"Happy New Year"
(1999)
"Dancing Queen"
(2000)

The song was covered by the A-Teens, released as a single in 1999. The single was released to celebrate the arrival of the new millennium, which explains the last line in the song's third verse being altered to "in the end of ninety-nine"; as opposed to the original's "in the end of eighty-nine". It reached no. 4 on the Swedish charts becoming the band's fourth consecutive top ten in the country earning a Gold certification weeks after its release.[11] The single was not released worldwide, only in selected countries. "Happy New Year", was released in Chile after their visit in February 2000. A music video was made to support the single's release.

Track listing[edit]

Scandinavian 2-Track CD single

  1. "Happy New Year" [Radio version] – 4:24
  2. "Happy New Year" [Extended version] – 6:52

Scandinavian CD Maxi

  1. "Happy New Year" [Radio version] – 4:24
  2. "Happy New Year" [Extended version] – 6:52
  3. "Mamma Mia" [The Bold & the Beautiful Glamourmix Edit] – 3:46
  4. "Super Trouper" [W.I.P.] – 6:10

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[27] Gold 45,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Happy New Year – and Merry Christmas!". Polar Music International. Archived from the original on 30 April 2017. Retrieved 7 December 2011 – via Abbasite.com.
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  4. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – ABBA – Happy New Year" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h "Offiziellecharts.de – ABBA – Happy New Year" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  6. ^ "ABBA Felicidad / Super Trouper". ABBA for the Record. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
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  8. ^ a b c "Norwegiancharts.com – ABBA – Happy New Year". VG-lista. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  9. ^ Felpin (21 November 2011). "Happy New Year vinyl single". ABBA- Latest Releases. Retrieved 14 January 2012.
  10. ^ a b "Swedishcharts.com – A*Teens – Happy New Year". Singles Top 100. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  11. ^ "År 1999" (PDF). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 January 2016.
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  13. ^ a b c d "Norwegiancharts.com – ABBA – Happy New Year". VG-lista. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Danishcharts.com – ABBA – Happy New Year". Tracklisten. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  15. ^ a b c d e "Dutchcharts.nl – ABBA – Happy New Year" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  16. ^ "Tedenska lestvica" (in Slovenian). SloTop50. Retrieved 3 January 2018.
  17. ^ "SloTop50 – Tedenska lestvica : 1 Teden 30.12.2013 – 05.01.2014". SloTop50. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  18. ^ "SloTop50 – Tedenska lestvica : 52 Teden 26.12.2016 – 01.01.2017". SloTop50. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  19. ^ "SloTop50 – Tedenska lestvica : 52 Teden 24.12.2018 – 30.12.2018". SloTop50. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Official Physical Singles Chart Top 100 | 14 December 2018 – 20 December 2018". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  21. ^ "Tedenska lestvica > 52 Teden: 23.12.2019 – 29.12.2019". SloTop (in Slovenian). Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – ABBA – Happy New Year". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Tedenska lestvica > 1 Teden: 30.12.2019 – 01.01.2020". SloTop (in Slovenian). Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  24. ^ "Tedenska lestvica > 53 Teden: 28.12.2020 – 03.01.2021". SloTop (in Slovenian). Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  25. ^ "A-teens: Happy New Year" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 4 June 2014.
  26. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 1999" (in Swedish). Hitlistan. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  27. ^ "Danish single certifications – ABBA – Happy New Year". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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