Mamma Mia 40 years on

Published November 12, 2015

Australia was the first country to release ABBA's 'Mamma Mia' single, circa September 1975, but in most European countries it reached record shops around this time of year, exactly 40 years ago. Today, we take the song for granted as a classic hit, the title song of a successful musical and movie, and so on.

Certainly, it's only with hindsight that we know what a super-classic 'Mamma Mia' would become, but still it's fascinating to read how the single could sort of begrudgingly be acknowledged as hit material in the attached review from the UK's Record Mirror. "Not as catchy as SOS"? If anything, I would have said it was even catchier than 'SOS' - not necessarily better, but catchier.

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