ABBA Says Thank You For The Music

Togetherness and thankfulness in the form of '70s pop in this week's Forgotten Videos
  • ABBA in "Thank You For The Music"
November 23, 2011 -- 10:15 am PST

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ABBA
"Thank You For The Music"
1978

With the holiday season upon us, and Thanksgiving just a day away, what better time to sit back and think about what you're thankful for? Maybe it's your health, your family, having a roof over your head, or the working four wheels that get you to and from work every day. While all of these things are important, there is one thing in particular that we're thankful for this season. To some of us, it's our best friend in times of joy and despair, sickness and health, and good times and bad: music. So to help us and music fans worldwide say thank you for the music, we bring you ABBA.

"Thank You For The Music" originally appeared on 1977's The Album, the same year the group earned their first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hit with the infectious "Dancing Queen." "Thank You For The Music" also appears in the recent smash musical "Mamma Mia!" As simple as this video is (it was 1977 after all), the sentiment perfectly embodies the warm holiday spirit of joy and togetherness. Vocalist Agnetha Fältskog, who's looking quite festive herself in bright-red leggings and top to match, opens the song singing, "I'm nothing special, in fact I'm a bit of a bore/If I tell a joke, you've probably heard it before/But I have a talent, a wonderful thing."

This talent is brought to light as she belts out the chorus, "So I say/Thank you for the music, the songs I'm singing/Thanks for all the joy they're bringing/Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty/What would life be?" With the rest of the band joining in on the chorus, we can't help but ask ourselves the same question: Who can live without music? It keeps us company, serves as the backdrop for memorable events, instills in us the spirit of the holiday season, and, arguably most important, it brings people together, evidenced by the crowd that engages in song with ABBA in this video.

For Fältskog and the rest of the band, they're thankful for their talent, which they've been able to share all over the world from their beginnings in Sweden. And for that, we're thankful for them, and music makers the world over.



Don't forget to complement your holiday season with "The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night" as we announce the nominees for the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 30 from 10–11 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

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