PUBLISHED: 21:11, Wed, Sep 9, 2020 | UPDATED: 21:11, Wed, Sep 9, 2020
ABBA was made up of two couples: Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Benny Andersson, and Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Falkstog. While the couples did not last, their songs have proved to have some staying power, and are well loved. But it turns out while the band wrote many of the songs, a secret extra writer helped them out.
It is generally considered there were two songwriters in ABBA – Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson.
The women in ABBA, sadly, did not write as much as the two boys, but there was a third writer who contributed to the songs.
This writer, Stig Anderson, was actually behind some of the band’s biggest hits, including Dancing Queen, SOS and Waterloo, which saw them gain worldwide fame.
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ABBA - who wrote the songs? (Image: Getty)
ABBA (Image: Getty)
In fact, some called Stig the ‘fifth member’ of ABBA, due to his strong influence on their music.
Stig was, of course, more than just a songwriter, and in fact had a huge amount of control over the group.
Stig owned the band's record label and publishing company, sharing the ownership with Benny, Björn and Michael B Tretow, the main sound engineer.
The main man, who died of a heart attack aged 66, represented the bands commercial interests through his record deals with international labels, and managed a huge amount of investments into the record company which made them.
ABBA with Stig Anderson (Image: Getty)
He was able to gain many individual record deals for