5 days ago, ABBA was inducted into the rock n' roll hall of fame, making them the first group to come up when you list all the inductees alphabetically. Take that AC-DC!
I think the choice to honor them is awesome, but kind of weird. Awesome, because I love ABBA. Super Trooper is my #1 Karaoke/shower song, and I can't get enough of their sassy 70's Swedish-ness. Weird, because most people who loved rock n' roll in 70's would probably react to their induction thusly:
How did disco royalty get into the rock n' roll hall of fame?
A committee of over 500 rock n' roll historians annually votes on who gets in. Artists can be put on the ballot 25 years after their first album is released. If they get the highest number of votes, and more than half the committee votes for them, they get in.
The voting criteria is based on "influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll."
I guess breaking chart records in 6 countries and selling 100 million records makes you pretty influential.
Dancing Queen was a huge hit at my 6th grade summer camp dance. It's also my favorite song to do dishes to. Here's a video of the group performing it in 1976 for the wedding of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden. Why yes, they are dressed in 18th century courtly garb, thank you for noticing! Plus, sing-alongy goodness.