Knowing Me, Knowing You

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"Knowing Me, Knowing You"
Knowing Me Knowing You.jpg
Artwork for Scandinavian release, also used for other releases in different layouts
Single by ABBA
from the album Arrival
B-side"Happy Hawaii"[1]
Released14 February 1977[1]
Format7" single
Recorded23 March 1976 at Metronome Studio
GenreEuropop
Length4:00
LabelPolar (Sweden)
Epic (UK)[1]
Atlantic (US)
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson[1]
Producer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus[1]
ABBA singles chronology
"That's Me"
(1976)
"Knowing Me, Knowing You"
(1977)
"King Kong Song"
(1977)
Music video
"Knowing Me, Knowing You" on YouTube

"Knowing Me, Knowing You" is a hit single recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. The song was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, with Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing the lead vocals. During recording sessions, it had the working titles of "Ring It In" and "Number 1, Number 1". The song is featured on the group's album Arrival and on the compilation Gold: Greatest Hits.

History[edit]

"Knowing Me, Knowing You" was recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and was released as a single in February 1977, becoming one of the group's more successful hits. The B-side was "Happy Hawaii", an arrangement of another ABBA song, "Why Did It Have to Be Me?", but with a different lead vocalist and lyrics. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was one of the early ABBA songs to deal with the break-up of a relationship. It predates the divorces of the ABBA members as well as further break-up songs to come: "The Winner Takes It All", "One of Us" and "When All Is Said and Done". Group member Benny Andersson named "Knowing Me, Knowing You" as one of ABBA's best recordings in a 2004 interview, along with "Dancing Queen", "The Winner Takes It All" and "When I Kissed the Teacher". "Conociéndome, Conociéndote" is the Spanish-language version of the song. It was included in the compilation Oro: Grandes Éxitos released in 1993 and Gracias Por La Música released in 1980.

Music video[edit]

The music video depicts the band against various colored backdrops singing while facing each other, turning away as a new line is sung. At the end of the video, the band's female members are seen walking away through thick snow. The video was directed by future Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallström and is a landmark in his career alongside most other videos of the band which were directed by him.[2]

Reception[edit]

"Knowing Me, Knowing You" proved to be one of ABBA's more successful singles, hitting #1 in West Germany (ABBA's sixth consecutive chart-topper there) and the United Kingdom,[3] Ireland, Mexico and South Africa,[4] and reaching the top 3 in Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It was a top 10 hit in Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand and Norway. In the United States, it became ABBA's sixth top 20 single, peaking at #14 on the Hot 100 and reaching #7 on Billboard's AC chart.

In the UK, "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was the biggest single of 1977.[5] It also began a second run of three consecutive #1 singles for ABBA (followed by "The Name of the Game" and "Take a Chance on Me"), the group having had three consecutive #1 hit singles in 1976.

In September 1979 in Germany "Knowing Me, Knowing You" sold over 300,000 units. [6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Knowing Me, Knowing You"
  • Andersson
  • Anderson
  • Ulvaeus
4:02
2."Happy Hawaii"
  • Anderson
  • Andersson
  • Ulvaeus
4:26

Chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

Live cover performances and appearances in other media[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "ABBA - Knowing Me, Knowing You (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Knowing me Knowing you/ABBA Lasse Hallström". indielisboa.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 338–9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ "South Africa". Home.zipworld.com.au. 5 January 2014. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  5. ^ {http://www.uk-charts.top-source.info/top-100-1977.shtml}
  6. ^ Spahr, Wolfgang (8 September 1979). "Abba The World". Billboard. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  9. ^ http://home.zipworld.com.au/~callisto/zimbabwe.html. Retrieved 2017-09-23.
  10. ^ Downey, Pat; Albert, George; Hoffmann, Frank W (1994). Cash Box pop singles charts, 1950–1993. Libraries Unlimited. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-56308-316-7.
  11. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Australian-charts.com. Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  13. ^ Swiss Year-End Charts, 1977
  14. ^ Hunter, Nigel; Scaping, Peter, eds. (1978). "Top 100 Singles in 1977". BPI Year Book 1978 (3rd ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 216–17. ISBN 0-906154-01-4.
  15. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". Musicoutfitters.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  16. ^ Billboard, December 24, 1977.

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