UK television network ITV is asking ABBA fans to vote for “The Nation’s Favourite ABBA Song” for a new 90-minute TV special to be broadcast later this year.
Fans have a choice from ABBA’s 25 UK chart hit singles, from Eurovision winner ‘Waterloo’ in 1974 to ‘Thank You For The Music’, released in 1983, six years after its appearance on ABBA – The Album, to promote a compilation album of the same name. Missing are the orignal 1973 release of ‘Ring Ring’ and the 1974 single ‘So Long’, both of which did not enter the UK singles chart, and the 1979 number 3 hit ‘Angeleyes’, the UK’s preferred side of the double A side with ‘Voulez-Vous’ – probably because ‘Angeleyes’ does not have a video, while the other side of the single does.
ITV promises that “band members Bjorn [sic] and Frida tell all about how these 25 songs came about”, but stories now circulating like this one probably exaggerate their participation – interviews with Björn and Frida, plus other ABBA-connected people and various celebrities have already been recorded.
Vote now at ITV.com. Voting closes on Monday 11th October 2010. It is unclear from the website whether votes from non-UK visitors will be counted.