“Money, Money, Money” is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It was released as a single on 1 November 1976, as the follow-up to “Dancing Queen” (both from the album Arrival). The B-side, “Crazy World”, was recorded in 1974 during the […]
“Money, Money, Money” is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. It was released as a single on 1 November 1976, as the follow-up to “Dancing Queen” (both from the album Arrival). The B-side, “Crazy World”, was recorded in 1974 during the sessions for the album ABBA.
The song (originally titled “Gypsy Girl”) is sung from the viewpoint of a woman who, despite hard work, can barely keep her finances in surplus, and therefore desires a well-off man.
ABBA perform parts of “Money, Money, Money” live in the 1977 film ABBA: The Movie. In the popular musical, Mamma Mia!, the song is sung by the character of Donna as she explains how hard she has to work to keep the taverna in order and her dreams of a better life. In the 2008 film, Meryl Streep sings the song.
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The video for “Money, Money, Money” was inspired by the film Cabaret, showing Frida wearing a hat typical of the 1920s. The video varies from her determined presence in reality during the verses, to the dream sequences about money and “the good life” in the chorus. The video’s director, Lasse Hallström, later acknowledged “Money, Money, Money” as the best ABBA video he ever directed.
An alternate music video was filmed for the TV special ABBA-DABBA-DOOO!! featuring Agnetha and Frida in 1930s style flapper dresses, with feathers in their hair.
Anni-Frid sings the solo parts.
“Money, Money, Money” was the second worldwide hit from Arrival. The song became a number-one chart hit in Australia (ABBA’s sixth consecutive chart-topper there), Belgium, France, West Germany, The Netherlands, Mexico and New Zealand, while reaching the top three in Austria, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and the UK.
By peaking at No. 3 in the UK, “Money, Money, Money” was the only ABBA single between “Mamma Mia” in January 1976 and “Take a Chance on Me” in February 1978 not to top the UK chart. A British poll of “The Nation’s Favourite ABBA song” in December 2010 saw “Money, Money, Money” placed at #22 (out of 25).
As of September 1979 in Germany “Money, Money, Money” had sold over 300,000 units.  French sales as of April 1977 stand at 500,000. 
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On the 1995 New Zealand tribute album Abbasalutely, the song is covered by the group Chug.
The song was covered by The Nolans
The 1999 British tribute album Abbamania featured a cover by the group Madness, who also performed the song in the TV special.
Dance versions have been recorded by Abbacadabra (released through British label Almighty Records), Tiny T on the Lay All Your Love On ABBA compilation, and German eurodance group E-Rotic from their 1997 album Thank You For The Music.
A dance cover of the song by Donna Burke was included on the 2001 Japanese import ABBA Ibiza Caliente Mix compilation.
The 2004 Funky ABBA tribute album by Swedish musician Nils Landgren includes a version of the song.
American singer Stephanie St. James (also known as St. James) recorded a cover with slightly altered lyrics for her 2004 album What Did I Do?.
In 2008, the song is performed by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, and is included on the soundtrack album.
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^“Les Certifications depuis 1973: Singles”. Infodisc.fr. Retrieved 19 November 2019. (select “ABBA” from drop-down list)
^“British single certifications – ABBA – Money Money Money”. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 19 November 2019.Select singles in the Format field.Select Gold in the Certification field.Type Money Money Money in the “Search BPI Awards” field and then press Enter.
^Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: “ABBA: The Name of the Game”, page 209. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
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