Super Trouper (album)

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Super Trouper
ABBA - Super Trouper (Polar).jpg
Studio album by
Released3 November 1980
Recorded4 February 1979 — 15 October 1980
StudioPolar Music Studios
Length41:53 (Swedish original release)
Epic (UK)
Atlantic Records (US original release)
ABBA chronology
Gracias Por La Música
Super Trouper
The Visitors
Singles from Super Trouper
  1. "The Winner Takes It All"
    Released: 21 July 1980
  2. "Super Trouper"
    Released: 3 November 1980
  3. "Lay All Your Love on Me"
    Released: July 1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
rollingstone.de4/5 stars[2]
The Daily VaultA-[3]

Super Trouper is the seventh studio album by the Swedish pop group ABBA, first released in 1980. It features the No.1 singles "The Winner Takes It All" and "Super Trouper". The album became the biggest-selling album of 1980 in the UK[citation needed].


Led by the international hit "The Winner Takes It All", Super Trouper was the group's sixth chart-topping album in the UK. It was also the best-selling album in Britain for 1980. Super Trouper was first released on CD in 1983 by Polar Music International, in the early 1980s by Polydor, and in the late 1980s by Atlantic Records for the US. The album has been reissued in digitally remastered form four times; first in 1997, then in 2001, again in 2005 as part of The Complete Studio Recordings box set and as a Deluxe Edition (containing a bonus DVD) in 2011. The previous year's divorce between Björn and Agnetha was explored in "The Winner Takes It All", and the members' lives in Stockholm high society circles coloured the lyrics for "On and On and On". Other well-known songs on the album include the hit single title track "Super Trouper", as well as the electro-dance of "Lay All Your Love on Me".

Probably due to the disco backlash of the time, the album saw ABBA returning to a more straightforward pop sound,[1] as opposed to the preceding (and noticeably more dance-oriented) Voulez-Vous album. The album closed with "The Way Old Friends Do", which was recorded live a year earlier during their 1979 concert tour. Although not released as a single with this album, the song was later released as a single in 1992 to promote the compilation More ABBA Gold: More ABBA Hits.[4] The song was later covered by The Alexander Brothers, The Kingston Trio, Philomena Begley and Faryl Smith.

Album cover and title[edit]

Super Trouper is a registered trademark owned by Strong Entertainment Lighting, for their brand of followspots, i.e., directional spotlights used to follow a performer on stage. Album cover designer, Rune Söderqvist, decided to use the spotlight theme and photograph the group, surrounded by circus performers, at Piccadilly Circus, London. After discovering that there was a law preventing any entertainers or animals appearing in central London, they instead invited the members of two local circuses to Europa Film Studios, Stockholm to take the photograph there. Several of ABBA's friends were also invited to take part and the following also appear on the cover: Görel Hanser (vice-president of Polar Music who subsequently married the band's photographer Anders Hanser), Berka Bergkvist (another Polar Music employee), Tomas Ledin, and Anders Anderson (ABBA's manager's son).[5] At the same time, Lasse Hallström also filmed scenes that were eventually used in the videos for "Happy New Year", "Felicidad" and "Super Trouper" even though the latter had not even been composed at the time.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus except where noted.

Side one
1."Super Trouper"4:13
2."The Winner Takes It All"4:55
3."On and On and On"3:41
4."Andante, Andante"4:38
5."Me and I"4:53
Side two
1."Happy New Year"4:24
2."Our Last Summer"4:18
3."The Piper"3:25
4."Lay All Your Love on Me"4:33
5."The Way Old Friends Do" (live)2:53
Total length:41:53

Non-album tracks[edit]

  • "Elaine"

A song recorded in 1980 and released as B-side "The Winner Takes It All" single.

  • "Put On Your White Sombrero"

A song based on waltz with a Latin American sound recorded in 1980 with lead vocal by Lyngstad. The track was replaced at a late stage by this album's title track, "Super Trouper". The arrangement of "Put On Your White Sombrero" was later remodelled into a new ABBA song, "Cassandra", which became the B-Side to "The Day Before You Came". The song remained unreleased until 1994.



Additional personnel

  • Ola Brunkert – drums
  • Lars Carlsson – horn
  • Rutger Gunnarsson – bass, guitar
  • Janne Kling – flute, saxophone
  • Per Lindvall – drums
  • Janne Schaffer – guitar
  • Åke Sundqvist – percussion
  • Mike Watson – bass
  • Lasse Wellander – guitar
  • Kajtek Wojciechowski – saxophone
  • Producers: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
  • Engineer: Michael B. Tretow
  • Arranger: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus
  • Design: Rune Söderqvist
  • Mastering for 1980's USA Atlantic CD version by Zal Schreiber of Atlantic Studios, NYC
  • Remastered for the 1997 Remasters by Jon Astley and Tim Young with Michael B. Tretow
  • Remastered for the 2001 Remasters by Jon Astley with Michael B. Tretow
  • Remastered for the 2005 Complete Studio Recordings Box Set by Henrik Jonsson


Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[31] Diamond 50,552[31]
Germany (BVMI)[32] 2× Platinum 1,000,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[33] Platinum 20,000*
Japan (Oricon Charts) 219,000[14]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[34] Platinum 100,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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