We Write the Story

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"We Write the Story"
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Single by Avicii, B&B and Choir
Released18 May 2013 (2013-05-18)
RecordedApril 2013
Avicii singles chronology
"X You"
"We Write the Story"
"Wake Me Up!"

"We Write the Story" is a song composed by ex-ABBA members, Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and the Swedish DJ and record producer, Avicii. The track is credited to "Avicii & B&B & Choir" on iTunes and Spotify. It was the anthem for the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, released on the day of the Grand Final. The song charted in the Dutch single chart peaking at number 73.[1]

Release and background[edit]

It was announced by the EBU on 15 April 2013 that Benny, Bjorn and Avicii would compose the Eurovision 2013 anthem.[2][3] The idea of a "Eurovision Anthem" for 2013 was there from the beginning of the planning of this year's contest. From the start, Benny, Björn and Avicii were on the very top of the list of musicians that SVT wished to collaborate with.[2] Martin Österdahl, the executive producer, said:

"We are extremely delighted to announce that Benny, Bjorn and Avicii have accepted to compose a unique piece of music for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest" [4]

Andersson and Ulvaeus, who made up half of ABBA—alongside Agnetha Fältskog and Frida Lyngstad—said they agreed with host broadcaster SVT's "vision for the contest". The collaboration is being hailed as a "union of two of Sweden's biggest musical exports".[4] The song was performed for the first time in the Final on the 18 May.[5]

The song is written in the key of E major.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[6]

  1. "We Write the Story" – 6:33
  2. "We Write the Story" (Edited Version) – 4:04

Credits and personnel[edit]


Chart (2013) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[1] 73

It is also worth noting that it debuted at 199 midweek according to the Official Charts Company on the UK Singles Chart, but did not enter the top 200 on the official week ending chart.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Dutchcharts.nl – Avicii, B & B and Choir – We Write The Story" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  2. ^ a b "ABBA's Benny, Björn and Avicii to write 'Eurovision anthem'". EBU. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  3. ^ "Malmö 2013: 'We Write The Story' in this year's Final". escxtra. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Abba's Benny and Bjorn write Eurovision anthem". BBC. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  5. ^ "ABBA stars compose "We Write the Story" Eurovision theme". panarmenian. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  6. ^ "We Write The Story: Avicii and B & B And Choir". Amazon. Retrieved 23 May 2013.
  7. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/eurovision-dominates-this-weeks-official-singles-chart-update-2234/