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ABBA's ‘Gold’ first album to reach 1,000 weeks on UK chart

By Eleanor Escalante Published Jul 06, 2021 5:11 pm

Swedish pop group ABBA’s Gold is the first album to reach 1,000 weeks on the Official Albums Chart Top 100 in the United Kingdom.

Included in the 19-track compilation album released in September 1992 are hit songs Dancing Queen, Thank You For The Music, Mamma Mia, Chiquitita, Waterloo, and more.

"Not bad for four turnips," Benny Andersson jokes to Official Charts on hearing the news. “Amazing!,” Björn Ulvaeus said. 

Last week, Gold placed at 17 in the album chart and remains true to its name. It has not left the Top 100 since July 2017 and with the release of the Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again film, entered the Top 10 in 2018. This year, it appears in the Top 40 every week. 

“It not only highlights their incredible popularity but just how closely they have connected with a succession of new generations," chief executive of the Official Charts Company, Martin Talbot, said of the milestone.

Since ABBA parted ways in 1982, some fans continue to wait for new projects of the group, including the reunion tour and new music. 

The closest records to also reach the 1,000 week mark are Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers with 984 weeks, and Queen's Greatest Hits with 952 weeks.

(Images from ABBA’s website and Twitter)