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Abba make chart history as Gold hits album top spot again

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Story by Jack Foley

ABBA have made UK chart history by topping the album chart with greatest hits compilation Gold almost 36 years after it was first released in 1972.

The LP, buoyed by the success of movie Mamma Mia!, has become the oldest record to top the UK album chart after achieving the feat on Sunday, August 3, 2008.

In doing so, it also knocked Coldplay’s best-seller Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends down to two.

Gold has now enjoyed sales in excess of 26 million copies since it was first released and has become the fourth biggest-selling album of all time in UK chart history.

The LP originally reached number one in 1992 and repeated the achievement three times more in 1999, before hitting top spot again in 2008 thanks to the Abba rejuvenation spearheaded by the Meryl Streep blockbuster.

Elsewhere in the UK countdown, US rocker Kid Rock enjoyed a successful run in both the album and singles charts. His single, All Summer Long, ended rapper Dizzee Rascal’s four-week reign at the top of the charts, while his album, Rock N Roll Jesus climbed 141 places to No.4.

Abba Gold Track listing:

  1. Dancing Queen
  2. Knowing Me, Knowing You
  3. Take A Chance On Me
  4. Mamma Mia
  5. Lay All Your Love On Me
  6. Super Trouper
  7. I Have A Dream
  8. The Winner Takes It All
  9. Money, Money, Money
  10. S.O.S.
  11. Chiquitita
  12. Fernando
  13. Voulez-Vous
  14. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)
  15. Does Your Mother Know
  16. One Of Us
  17. The Name Of The Game
  18. Thank You For The Music
  19. Waterloo (English Version)