Saturday, May 09, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 33. Fernando (ABBA)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #33, we find one of ABBA's many hits, Fernando (#1 in 1976). Only one year after their runaway Eurovision Songfestival win with Waterloo - but what a great step forward in so many respects. This sensitive ballad showed that the Swedish quartet had much more to offer than many thought. The song was written for and included on Frida's solo album, but the band decided to re-record it as a single (strangely enough, it never made a regular album). Art Rock score: 9/10 (awesome song, one of the 1000 best of all time).