I listened to ABBA a bit when I was growing up, in particular the Super Trouper album, which I remember (believe it or not) my grandmother playing constantly in her car. But it wasn't until ABBA songs featured so prominently in Muriel's Weddingparticularly Waterloo (probably my favorite)that I became fairly obsessed with their music.
Fast forward to the early 2000s, and I saw a regional production of Mamma Mia! in Philadelphia. That was all I needed to feed my ABBA obsession, and although the movie version featured some fairly questionable singing performances (cough, Pierce Brosnan, cough), Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried were well worth the price of admission.
I'm also a fan of the British pop/rock band McFly, and while I like a lot of their original music, I stumbled over their cover of Winner Takes It All a year or so ago. It was the second song on their 2008 single Lies, and while they're no ABBA, I think they do the song more than justice.
Here's McFly's version:
Here's the original, for nostalgia's sake:
Here's Meryl Streep's version from the movie version of Mamma Mia (I promise no Pierce Brosnan singing):
Check out my previous Cool Cover Songs of the Week:
Borderline by The Counting Crows
How Deep Is Your Love by The Bird and The Bee
Life in a Northern Town by Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen
I Don't Want to Talk About It by The Indigo Girls
Only You by Joshua Radin
Pure Imagination by Maroon 5
I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by Blake Stratton
What a Fool Believes by Neri Per Caso
Poker Face by Daughtry
Back to Black by Ronnie Spector
I Will Survive by Cake
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by The Stereophonics
Rolling in the Deep by John Legend
Go Your Own Way by Lissie