Lay All Your Love on Me

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"Lay All Your Love on Me"
Lay All Your Love On Me.jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album Super Trouper
A-side"On and On and On"
ReleasedJuly 1981
LabelPolar Music
  • Benny Andersson
  • Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Slipping Through My Fingers"
"Lay All Your Love on Me"
"One of Us"
DiscoNet 12" extended remix 1981

"Lay All Your Love on Me" is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA in 1980 for their seventh studio album, Super Trouper. The original 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 No. 7. "Lay All Your Love on Me" appears on the group's compilation Gold: Greatest Hits.

Slant Magazine placed it at No. 60 on their list of the greatest dance songs of all time.[1]


"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.[2] 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 is also featured in the Mamma Mia! musical (and its film adaptation), that showcases many of ABBA's hits.

Music video[edit]

ABBA did not film a promotional video for "Lay All Your Love on Me", and so Epic hastily assembled a video (on a cost of £3,500) by using excerpts from the existing ABBA videos for "Take a Chance on Me", "Summer Night City", "The Name of the Game", "I Have a Dream", "Voulez-Vous" and "The Winner Takes It All". It was never shown on TV because Epic managers thought it "wasn't needed", but was included on the ABBA Gold VHS.[3]


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[4] - (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").[5] 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 Germany (No. 26).


Cover versions[edit]

Information Society version[edit]

"Lay All Your Love on Me"
Single by Information Society
from the album Information Society
GenreDance, synthpop, electronica
LabelTommy Boy
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
Information Society singles chronology
"Lay All Your Love on Me"

"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.

Track listing

  1. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (Justin Strauss Remix)
  2. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (Restricted Re-mix)
  3. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (Prohibited Dub)
  4. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (Radio Hot Mix)
  5. "Lay All Your Love on Me" (Phil Harding Metal Mega-Mix)
  6. "Funky at 45"

Helloween version[edit]

"Lay All Your Love On Me"
Single by Helloween
from the album Metal Jukebox
GenrePower metal
LabelVictor Entertainment
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Helloween singles chronology
"Hey Lord!"
"Lay All Your Love On Me"
"If I Could Fly"

"Lay All Your Love on Me" was covered by Helloween from their Metal Jukebox album. It was released as a single in Japan.

Single track listing
1."Lay All Your Love on Me" (ABBA cover)4:38
2."From Out of Nowhere" (Faith No More cover)3:21
3."Something" (The Beatles cover)3:09

Other cover versions[edit]

  • UK rival ABBA group, Brotherhood of Man recorded a cover version on 20 Disco Greats album.
  • In 1986, a hi-NRG cover by Poison #9 was released as a dance single in the UK.
  • In 1992, the song was covered on Erasure's Abba-esque EP which topped the UK charts that year.
  • In 1997, the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus recorded a cover of the song on album ExtrABBAganza!.
  • British pop star Cliff Richard recorded his own version of this song and has performed it in live concerts.
  • In 1999, Swedish pop group A-Teens included a cover of the song on The ABBA Generation. Their version omits the final verse of the song.
  • In 1999, Dutch Eurodance group Vengaboys used an interpolation of the song on their single Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom!!.
  • In 1999, British pop group Steps recorded the song for the ABBAmania album and TV special. The subsequent ABBAMania 2 album released in 2004 included a cover by British TV actresses Charlotte Bellamy from Emmerdale and Jane Danson from Coronation Street.
  • An acoustic version was recorded by Swedish singer Michael Michailoff, and released as a single.[6]
  • The song is covered by Yolanda on the compilation Abbalicious, a tribute album performed by American drag queens.[7]
  • Dance covers of the song have been recorded by artists including: Abbacadabra (through Almighty Records), German eurodance group E-Rotic on their 1997 Thank You For The Music tribute album,[8] Housecream (audio sample can be heard here),[9] Ecstatica on the Lay All Your Love On ABBA compilation, Euphorica on their 2003 album ABBA Dance,[10] Abilar featuring Sia for the 2004 compilation Absolute Hitmania,[11] and DJ Ensamble on their 2006 Trancing Queen tribute album.[12]
  • In 2005, Honest Touch[13] recorded a pop orchestral version for their album Memories From A Dream.
  • In June 2006, a dance cover was recorded by Sylver, on their album Crossroads. It was the first single to be released from the album.
  • In 2007, the song was covered by the German symphonic metal band Avantasia on the EP Lost in Space Part I.[14]
  • In 2008, the song was covered by Susanna and the Magical Orchestra on their album Flower of Evil.
  • Scottish artists Connie Palermo recorded an acoustic cover of the song. An audio sample can be found on their MySpace page.[15]
  • Lebanese indie band Scrambled Eggs recorded an alternative rock cover of the song. An audio sample can be found on their MySpace page.[16]
  • Irish band Ash covered the song in 2012 on the EP Little Infinity.
  • Pakistani Singer/Musician Sajjad Ali copied a part of the verse of this song for his 1993 hit "Bolo Bolo" from his Album "Babia '93".

Live cover performances[edit]

  • 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.
  • Argentine electropop band Miranda! has performed the song live.
  • Canadian band Woodpigeon performed the song during a live session for the British music magazine PULP. A video of the performance can be seen here.[17]
  • Scottish band Out Lines performed the song during their performance for BBC Scotland's Quay sessions.[18]



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  2. ^ Palm, Carl Magnus: ABBA – The Complete Recordings Sessions, page 101. Verulam Publishing Ltd (13 October 1994). ISBN 0-907938-10-8. ISBN 978-0-907938-10-1.
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  4. ^ " Profile of Raul Rodriguez". Archived from the original on 29 July 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Hot Dance/Disco: 1974-2003. Record Research. p. 15.
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  9. ^ "Lay All Your Love On Me by Housecream on MP3 and WAV at Juno Download". 3 March 2008. Archived from the original on 3 October 2011. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Euphorica by Abba Dance @ – Shop, Listen, Download". Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Absolute". 9 June 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Reviews". Retrieved 5 February 2012.
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  14. ^ "Avantasia – Lost in Space (Part 1) Review". The Metal Crypt. 24 November 2007. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  15. ^ UK. "Connie Palermo | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  16. ^ "Scrambled eggs | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  17. ^ "Woodpigeon – Lay All Your Love on Me (Abba cover) (PULP session)". YouTube. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  18. ^ "Out Lines - Lay All Your Love On Me)". BBC. 11 January 2018. Retrieved 3 February 2018.

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