Global Charts
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Global Single Chart
50 years ago
the most popular tracks worldwide
according to the national single charts
dated to July 13, 1974
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week 12
Waterloo - Abba
Atlantic / Epic / Polydor - 5 weeks at No.1
6 / -
week 2
Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
T.K. / RCA
5 / 5
week 6
The Air That I Breathe - Hollies
Parlophone / Epic
2 / 2
week 21
Seasons In The Sun - Terry Jacks
4 / -
week 2
Rock The Boat - Hues Corporation
RCA Victor
3 / 4
week 6
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
new.JPG (991 bytes) Annie's Song - John Denver
RCA Victor
- / -
week 6
Band On The Run - Paul McCartney & Wings
new.JPG (991 bytes) Sugar Baby Love - Rubettes
new.JPG (991 bytes) Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me - Elton John

"Waterloo" was released on March 4, 1974, as the first single of the group's second album of the same name. After winning the 14th edition of the Melodifestivalen, the song represented Sweden in the 19th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest held in Brighton, winning the contest and beginning Abba's path to worldwide fame. The title and lyrics reference the 1815 battle of Waterloo, and use it as a metapher for a romantic relationship. The song's production style was influenced by Phil Spector's 'Wall Of Sound". Engineer Michael B.Tretow had read Richard Williams' book Out Of His Head: The Sound Of Phil Spector, which inspired him to layer multiple instrumental overdubs on the band's recordings, becoming an integral part of Abba's sound. "Waterloo" topped the hitlists in United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland and it reached even no.6 in the United States, very unusual for an Eurovision winner. On the Year-End Chart 1974 it landed at no.3 with 8,541,000 points.

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