13 on both adult pop and adult contemporary radio. "Fernando" was not originally released as an ABBA song but as a solo single by band member Anni-Frid Lyngstad. 1 Swedish solo album Frida ensam (1975). "Fernando" is also featured on the multi-million-selling Gold: Greatest Hits compilation. [41] During her Here We Go Again Tour she also performs the song together with "Waterloo" and "SOS". The lyrics were translated into Spanish by Mary McCluskey and recorded at Polar Music Studio on 3 January 1980. The video's director, fashion photographer Steven Klein, told MTV he considered it a tale about, "The pain of living without your true love." What Is the Meaning of Lady Gaga's Song 'Alejandro'? In 1976, Swedish singer Lena Andersson recorded a German-language version of this song. Lady Gaga indicated the video was about her friendships with gay men and her subsequent failure to find a straight male partner. [18], ABBA performed "SOS" on episode five of the inaugural season of the long-running comedy-variety show Saturday Night Live (SNL) on 15 November 1975. We combined dance, narrative, and attributes of surrealism. The song then transitions to a rock chorus in a major key, dominated by a distorted electric guitar and full vocals. Video", "Ellen DeGeneres Trolls Cher With Cheesy Impersonation of 'If I Could Turn Back Time, "Cher Opens Here We Go Again Tour in Auckland And Then Heads Out For Gelato", "Cher Returns to the Concert Stage With Glitz & Hits (But No Politics)", "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100", Congratulations: 50 Years of the Eurovision Song Contest, ABBA: Thank You for the Music, An All-Star Tribute, Love Isn't Easy (But It Sure Is Hard Enough), A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=SOS_(ABBA_song)&oldid=984501861, Oricon International Singles Chart number-one singles, Songs written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, Articles with unsourced statements from September 2020, Articles needing additional references from January 2018, All articles needing additional references, Certification Table Entry usages for Germany, Pages using certification Table Entry without certification, Certification Table Entry usages for Japan, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments figures, Certification Table Entry usages for United Kingdom, Pages using certification Table Entry with streaming figures, Pages using certification Table Entry with shipments footnote, Pages using certification Table Entry with streaming footnote, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Published by Universal Songs of PolyGramInt., Inc. (ASCAP) and EMI Grove Park Music Inc. (BMI), Recorded by Mark Taylor and Paul Meehan at Metrophonic Studios, London, Mixed at by Matt Furmidge and Mark Taylor at Metrophonic Studios, London, Mastered by Sthephen Marcussen Mastering, Hollywood, CA, This page was last edited on 20 October 2020, at 12:14. It is also one of ABBA’s biggest hits.

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"SOS" marked a significant turnaround in ABBA's fortunes, most notably in the UK and Ireland, where it returned the group to the Top 10 for the first time since "Waterloo".Reaching #6 and #4 respectively, "SOS" started a run of 18 consecutive Top 10 hits for ABBA in the UK and Ireland. Musically, "Alejandro" has been compared to the pop groups ABBA and Ace of Base. It peaked at No. 4 on the singles chart on 1 January 1976 during a 20-week chart run, and it also became Fältskog's third No. The B-side of the single, "Visa I Åttonde Månaden" (Song in the Eighth Month) was a song written from a very personal perspective, as it was composed during Fältskog's pregnancy with daughter Linda Ulvaeus in 1973. "[40], Cher performed "Fernando" at the CinemaCon 2018 to promote Mamma Mia! Erasure covered SOS and three other Abba songs on their 1992 E.P.

It was released on 23 August 2018. McQueen committed suicide just two months before the release of "Alejandro" as a single. Despite the fact that Fältskog never promoted the single in Sweden, it peaked at No. BBC documentary "The Joy of ABBA", produced by Ben Whalley (2013).

1 and sold 850,000 copies.[13]. Gimme! She then appears as a character similar to Sally Bowles from Cabaret. "Fernando" is a song by the Swedish pop group ABBA. The song was also chosen as the "Best Studio Recording of 1975", ABBA's first international prize. The original title of the song was "Honey Pie". Nor is it about Napoleon (it's just using Napoleon's legendary defeat as a metaphor). The chorus' lyrics are: "Long live love, our best friend, Fernando. "Alejandro" is the third single released off Lady Gaga's "The Fame Monster" EP, and it is a musical mix of synth-pop and Latin-style beats.

The process was to express Lady Gaga's desire to reveal her heart and bear her soul.". Some copies of the single use "Rock Me" or "Dance (While the Music Still Goes On)" as a B-side. "[41], An accompanying music video for "SOS" was directed by Jake Wilson, and was premiered through Cher's official YouTube channel on 18 September 2018. "[19], To date, the song is the only Hot 100 single (or #1 single in Australia[20]) in which both the title and the credited act (and also the musical genre) are palindromes. The song was released as a promotional single in Spain. The descending chords and ominous Minimoog synthesizer melody line of the introduction set the tone for Fältskog’s vocals, sounding almost as if she were breaking down in tears. Each of the songs on "The Fame Monster" was supposedly influenced by a particular "monster" that hounded Gaga.

"SOS" was ABBA's first major worldwide hit since "Waterloo". Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)," "SOS" and "Mamma Mia" are given just enough of a knob turn that they're transformed from upbeat FM radio pop into club bangers, pulsating with every beat. [14], American singer-songwriter and former Czars frontman John Grant has called "SOS" "one of the greatest pieces of music ever made", adding that Agnetha Fältskog's "perfect" lyrical interpretation and emotional delivery is "a beautiful thing".

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Lady Gaga has mentioned in interviews that she considers the group a key musical influence. Fusari worked with Gaga on her single "Paparazzi," which made an appearance on disc two of "The Fame Monster" EP. The overall sound of "Alejandro" brings to mind Ace of Base's 1994 top 5 pop smash "Don't Turn Around."

"Fernando" is a song by the Swedish pop group ABBA.

It was also the third and final top 10 hit released from "The Fame Monster." [8][9] "SOS" reached #1 in Australia, Belgium, France, West Germany (where it spent 7 weeks at the top), New Zealand and South Africa, and was a Top 3 hit in Austria, the Netherlands, Norway, Italy (where it became ABBA's most successful hit), Mexico, Rhodesia and Switzerland. Loder, K. (1982). 1 in May 2017.

(A Man After Midnight), "WLS : MUSICRADIO SURVEY : NOVEMBER 22, 1975 VOL. Agnetha Fältskog, who sang lead, recorded the song in Swedish on her 1975 solo album Elva kvinnor i ett hus. ABBA performs the song live in the concert film ABBA: The Movie, director Lasse Hallström's first English-language feature film, filmed during the band's tour of Australia in 1977. "The sorrow can be hard to bear, but the fact that friends let us down is something we all have to cope with". London: Omnibus. [5] The video, and three others (for "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do", "Mamma Mia" and "Bang-A-Boomerang"), were completed in two days for a total cost of Kr50,000 (£5,500). This is SongMeaningsAndFacts.com, and we warmly welcome you to the site.At SongMeaningsAndFacts.com, we try our best to provide our readers with two very important things about their favorite songs: The first one being the real meaning of the songs and the second being the facts behind the songs. SNL head writer Michael O'Donoghue staged the performance on a set of the deck of the Titanic, but failed to tell the band the set was rigged to tilt and sink while they were performing. [7], — Pete Townshend, Rolling Stone Magazine, June 1982, "SOS" marked a significant turnaround in ABBA's fortunes, most notably in the UK and Ireland, where it returned the group to the Top 10 for the first time since "Waterloo". 1 in Australian history (spending 14 weeks at the top and 40 weeks on the chart), and remained so for over 40 years, until it was surpassed by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You", which achieved 15 weeks at No.

"Alejandro" became Lady Gaga's seventh consecutive top 10 pop hit single in the U.S. Roytel Montero said that "in a studied homage to the original ABBA classic from 1975, [the] interpretation of the video renders it a poignant call to female solidarity". It was also a Top 5 hit in ABBA's native Sweden (although Lyngstad's version was No. In 1976, Paraguayan/Brazilian camp singer, A cover of the song by Velvet Set can be found on the 2006, In 1976, the song was adapted, and performed by ABBA in this version, for use in a series of five television commercials promoting the, The song was featured prominently in Season 1, Episode 7 of ", The song was featured in the Season 2, Episode 6 of ", This page was last edited on 2 October 2020, at 09:48. 1 on the dance chart, and No. ^shipments figures based on certification alone, American singer and actress Cher recorded Fernando as the third single from the movie soundtrack of Mamma Mia!

[46], Credits for Dancing Queen adapted from AllMusic. ABBA performed the song on its 1979 tour of Europe and North America. Klein defended Gaga's intent and his work, stating they had never meant the video to be negative or insulting. Fernando sold over 10 million copies across the globe, making it one of the most successful singles in the entire history of music. The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has said "SOS" is one of the best pop songs ever written,[1] adding that when he first heard the song he "was transported by it". By using LiveAbout, you accept our, M.L.S, Library Science, Indiana University. Many critics compared the "Alejandro" video to the one-shot for Madonna's "Like a Prayer." "Abba-Esque", reaching number one in the UK singles chart. They both blend Catholic imagery and sex, and Gaga's caused a similar flood of complaints for its so-called sacrilegious depiction of religious imagery. The B-side to "Fernando" was the song "Hey, Hey, Helen", a track from the group's self-titled third studio album (1975), although in some countries "Tropical Loveland" (also from the album ABBA) was used instead. I remember long ago another starry night like this In the firelight, Fernando You were humming to yourself and softly strumming your guitar [8] It also reached No. It has been recorded and performed in concert by several prominent artists, including John Frusciante, Peter Cetera, Chris deBurgh, Cher, Portishead, Fozzy, and Canadian rock group Headstones. (2002). Bill Lamb put the song at number five,[16] as did Alicia Diaz Dennis[17] and Andres Jauregui.

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Lady Gaga has mentioned in interviews that she considers the group a key musical influence. [43], Cher appeared on The Ellen Show on 7 September 2018, to promote her ABBA tribute album, Dancing Queen.