People Need Love

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"People Need Love/Merry-Go-Round (En karusell)""
People Need Love Merry Go Round.jpg
Standard European artwork (One of Swedish releases pictured)
Single by ABBA (known at the time as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid')
from the album Ring Ring
B-side"Merry-Go-Round (En karusell)"
ReleasedJune 1, 1972
Format7" single
RecordedMarch 29, 1971
Metronome studios, Stockholm
GenreEuropop, pop
LabelPolar Music
Songwriter(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA (known at the time as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid') singles chronology
"People Need Love/Merry-Go-Round (En karusell)""
"He Is Your Brother"
Music video
""People Need Love" on YouTube
Audio sample
"People Need Love"

"People Need Love" is a song recorded in March 1972 by Swedish pop group ABBA, at the time known as 'Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid'. The song was on the group's first album, Ring Ring, released in 1973.

Track listing[edit]

  1. A. "People Need Love" - 2:45
  2. B. "Merry-Go-Round (En karusell)" - 3:24

The song[edit]

As the majority of ABBA songs were, "People Need Love" was written and composed by the two male band members, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus. It was engineered by Michael Tretow who aimed to create a Phil Spector-like wall of sound on the recording.

Although their debut album did not bring them to global attention, it follows some standards of ABBA's style. The ballad is about what people can give each other to make their lives easier and create a better world.


The basic aim of the "People Need Love" single was not to promote the quartet, since all four individuals had other commitments and did not have the time to form a permanent group (an example of this is the crediting; the single in most of the territories is credited to "Björn & Benny, Agnetha & Anni-Frid"), but to promote the "Björn & Benny" duo, which was the singing and songwriting partnership of the two men. The women were simply guesting on the new "Björn & Benny" single. However, the very positive audience reaction was unexpected.

"People Need Love" made the Top 20 of the combined Swedish singles and albums chart, and reached No. 3 on the popular Swedish radio chart show, Tio i topp (The Top Ten). It was the foursome's first charting record in the United States, where it peaked at No. 114 on the Cashbox singles chart and No. 117 on Record World singles chart. The Playboy Records U.S. release was credited to "Bjorn & Benny (with Svenska Flicka)",[1] and according to ABBA's manager Stig Anderson, could have been a much bigger American hit, if not for the limited distribution resources of the label that was unable to meet the demand from retailers and radio programmers.

At the time of the single's release, the Ring Ring album had not been planned, since there was no intention to form a permanent group. However, the song was included on the album the following year. Although recorded earlier than most of the album, it can retroactively be considered the lead single from Ring Ring.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1972) Position
Tio i Topp 3
Swedish Combined Singles/Albums Chart 17
Cashbox Singles Chart - U.S. 114
Record World Singles Chart - U.S. 117

Cover versions[edit]

A Swedish country band called Nashville Train (which included some of ABBA's own backing band members) covered the song in 1977 on their album ABBA Our Way, released on the Polar Music label in Sweden.


  1. ^ "Björn and Benny (With Svenska Flicka) - People Need Love / Merry-Go-Round - Playboy - USA - P 50014". 1972-09-16. Retrieved 2016-10-07.

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