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Abba Christmas Songs & Music

ABBA never recorded a formal Christmas song although 'Happy New Year' could easily be lumped into the category seeing as the new year arrives in the middle of the 12 days of Christmas. That said 'Happy New Year' is hardly festooned with the traditional sounds of the season so it feels a little out of place for soundtracking the events in the lead up to the 25th of December.

The Swedish group did record a West German radio session for the WDR2 station in 1981, which included a very ropey rendition of the Swedish traditional Christmas song called 'Nu Er Det Jul Igen'. The performance only lasts around 30 seconds and while it may have lacked any of the finesse of their studio recordings it does illustrate the foursome having a good time.

In the wake of the bands split in 1982 and before they formed in 1972 all 4 more members did make formal Christmas recordings:

Benny Andersson actually recorded a whole album of Christmas material with his pre-ABBA band the Hep Stars called 'Jul Med Hep Stars'. Copies of the original from 1967 are rare but the album was reissued in 2001.

Björn Ulvaeus also have pre-ABBA festive experience with his Hootenanny Singers' version of 'Mary's Boy Child' which appeared on the deleted 'Fem Ar' album from 1968.

Anni-Frid Lyngstad and the aforementioned Hootenanny Singers both contributed to an album called 'När Juldagsmorgon Glimmar' (translated it means 'When Christmas Morning Is Shining') in 1972. It was produced by Benny and Björn from the band.

Agnetha Fältskog recorded a Christmas song called with her daughter Linda in 1981 called 'Nu Tandas Tusen Julejus' (translated to 'A Thousand Candles Are Being Lit') which is a traditional Swedish carol.

 

Abba Sing 'Nu Er Det Jul Igen' On German Radio in 1981

ABBA's 'Happy New Year'

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