18 Hits

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ABBA 18 Hits
Abba 18 hits cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by ABBA
Released 8 September 2005
Recorded 1973–1980
Genre Pop
Length 68:55
Label Polar Music International
Producer
ABBA chronology
The Definitive Collection
(2001)
ABBA 18 Hits
(2005)
The Complete Studio Recordings
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]

18 Hits was released by Polar Music International on 8 September 2005, and is a compilation of hits by ABBA.[2]

The 18 Hits set was released as a mid-price alternative to the best-selling full-price collection ABBA Gold: Greatest Hits and features 14 of the group's biggest hits and concludes with four non-English versions; "Honey Honey" (Swedish version), "Waterloo" (French version), "Ring Ring" (German version) and the Spanish version of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)", entitled "Dame! Dame! Dame!". Among the more notable omissions on the 18 Hits collection are one of the band's biggest hits, "Dancing Queen", as well as "Chiquitita", "Take a Chance on Me" and "I Have a Dream".

The Swedish edition of 18 Hits, also released in 2005, featured four Swedish language recordings instead of the four non-English versions; "Waterloo", "Honey Honey", "Ring Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)" and "Åh Vilka Tider". This is the first ABBA CD to include "Åh Vilka Tider", which had originally been released as the B-side to the Swedish version of "Ring Ring", it would also appear worldwide on The Complete Studio Recordings. A budget-priced DVD entitled 16 Hits was released simultaneously.

While numerous other similar hits compilations with the group have been released both before and since, 18 Hits has proved to be one of Universal Music's bestselling ABBA products, peaking in the Top 10 in Poland and the Top 20 in the UK, Spain and Hungary and re-entering the charts in many territories after the premiere of movie Mamma Mia! in the summer of 2008. It never included any songs from The Visitors or any other songs released from 1981 to 1982.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus unless otherwise noted..

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Winner Takes It All"   4:56
2. "Super Trouper"   4:14
3. "Waterloo" Andersson, Stig Anderson, Ulvaeus 2:47
4. "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"   4:51
5. "The Name of the Game" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 4:52
6. "Ring Ring" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus, Neil Sedaka, Phil Cody 3:04
7. "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 3:17
8. "SOS" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 3:21
9. "Fernando" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 4:13
10. "Hasta Mañana" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 3:08
11. "Mamma Mia" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 3:33
12. "Lay All Your Love on Me"   4:36
13. "Thank You for the Music"   3:50
14. "Happy New Year"   4:24
15. "Honey Honey (Swedish Version)" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 2:58
16. "Waterloo (French Version)" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus 2:41
17. "Ring Ring (German Version)" Andersson, Anderson, Ulvaeus, Sedaka, Cody 3:10
18. "Dame! Dame! Dame!" (Spanish version of "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)")   4:52

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[3] 32
Belgian Mid Price (Ultratop Wallonia)[4] 1
Chart (2007) Peak
position
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[5] 17
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[6] 39
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[7] 58
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[8] 19
Irish Albums (IRMA)[9] 7
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 15
Chart (2012) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[11] 82
Chart (2017) Peak
position
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[12] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] 4× Platinum 280,000^
Belgium (BEA)[14] Platinum 50,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[15] Platinum 125,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[16] Platinum 20,000*
Russia (NFPF)[17] 2× Platinum 40,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Platinum 300,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[19] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r837745
  2. ^ "18 Hits" (in Swedish). Svensk mediedatabas. 2005. Retrieved 22 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Australiancharts.com – ABBA – 18 Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Spanishcharts.com – ABBA – 18 Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Danishcharts.com – ABBA – 18 Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  7. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  8. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2008. 38. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  9. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 39, 2008". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  10. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  11. ^ "Lescharts.com – ABBA – 18 Hits". Hung Medien. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
  12. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2016 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  14. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2008". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Abba – 18 Hits" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  16. ^ "Polish album certifications – Abba – 18 Hits" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 22 November 2017. 
  17. ^ "International 2006". 2M (in Russian). National Federation of Phonogram Producers. Archived from the original on 24 January 2009. Retrieved 17 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Abba – 18 Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 December 2012.  Enter 18 Hits in the search field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2009". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 December 2012.