"Lay All Your Love on Me", is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA in 1980 for their Super Trouper album. It was released only as a 12-inch single in 1981 in limited territories, rather than as a standard 7-inch record. At the time, it was the highest selling 12-inch record in UK chart history, where it peaked at number 7. "Lay All Your Love on Me" appears on the group's ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits collection.
Slant Magazine placed it at number 60 on their list of the greatest dance songs of all time.
"Lay All Your Love on Me" is an electro-disco song penned by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with Agnetha Fältskog singing lead. Recording began at Polar Music Studios in Stockholm on 9 September 1980, with the final mix of the song being completed on 10 October 1980.
"Lay All Your Love on Me" is known for a descending vocal sound at the end of the verse immediately preceding the refrain. This was achieved by sending the vocal into a harmoniser device, which was set up to produce a slightly lower-pitched version of the vocal. In turn its output was fed back to its input, thereby continually lowering the pitch of the vocal. Andersson and Ulvaeus felt that the chorus of the song sounded like a hymn, so parts of the vocals in the choruses were run through a vocoder, to recreate the sound of a church congregation singing, slightly out of tune. The song was not originally intended to be released as a single, but was issued in 12-inch form in the UK and a few other countries in 1981. "Lay All Your Love on Me" has since been much covered and now features in the Mamma Mia! musical that showcases many of ABBA's hits.
As "Lay All Your Love on Me" was not intended to be a single, it was not released until 1981, the year after it had been recorded. It was only after a remixed version by Raul A. Rodriguez - (aka C.O.D) of Disconet - had soared in popularity in nightclubs, that it topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart (along with "Super Trouper" and "On and On and On"). Therefore, the decision was made to release "Lay All Your Love on Me" in limited territories in 12-inch form, as opposed to the standard 7-inch record. It peaked at No.7 in the UK, becoming ABBA's lowest charting single since "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" in 1975. However, reaching No.7 in the charts was, at the time, the highest charting position achieved for a 12-inch only release in the UK. "Lay All Your Love on Me" also charted in Ireland (No.8), Belgium (No.14) and West Germany (No.26).
"Lay All Your Love on Me" was covered by American techno-pop band Information Society on their 1988 self-titled debut album. The track peaked at No. 83 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1989. It was later included on the compilation ABBA: A Tribute – The 25th Anniversary Celebration.
An acoustic version was recorded by Swedish singer Michael Michailoff, and released as a single.
The song is covered by Yolanda on the compilation Abbalicious, a tribute album performed by American drag queens.
Dance covers of the song have been recorded by artists including: Abbacadabra (through Almighty Records), Germaneurodance group E-Rotic on their 1997 Thank You For The Music tribute album, Housecream (audio sample can be heard here), Ecstatica on the Lay All Your Love On ABBA compilation, Euphorica on their 2003 album ABBA Dance, Abilar featuring Sia for the 2004 compilation Absolute Hitmania, and DJ Ensamble on their 2006 Trancing Queen tribute album.
In 2005, Honest Touch recorded a pop orchestral version for their album Memories From A Dream.
In 2006, a dance cover was recorded by Sylver, on their album Crossroads. It was actually recognized as the best song on the CD, and was the first single to be released.
The song is sung in the Mamma Mia! musical by the characters of Sky and Sophie. In the context of the musical, the song is used when Sky and Sophie reminisce about how they felt when they met each other and they express how much they love each other. The song is also sung in the film adaptation by Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper.
In 1982. Yugoslav pop band Zana took the verse melody as the basis for their biggest hit Dodirni mi kolena. It is not known if members of Zana ever credited Andersson and Ulvaeus as co-writers of their hit.