ABBA Vs Steps – The Sorrow Of A Winner
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The Winner Takes It All is a song recorded by the Swedish pop group ABBA. Released as the first single from the group’s Super Trouper album on 21 July 1980, it is a ballad in the key of F-sharp major, reflecting the end of a romance. The single’s B-side was the non-album track “Elaine”. “The Winner Takes It All”, original demo title “The Story of My Life”, was written by both Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, with Agnetha Fältskog singing the lead vocal.
Ulvaeus denies the song is about his and Fältskog’s divorce, saying the basis of the song “is the experience of a divorce, but it’s fiction. There wasn’t a winner or a loser in our case. A lot of people think it’s straight out of reality, but it’s not”. American critic Chuck Klosterman, who says “The Winner Takes It All” is “[the only] pop song that examines the self-aware guilt one feels when talking to a person who has humanely obliterated your heart” finds Ulvaeus’ denial hard to believe in light of the original title.
Fältskog has also repeatedly stated that though “The Winner Takes It All” is her favorite ABBA song and that it has an excellent set of lyrics, the story is not that of her and Ulvaeus: there were no winners in their divorce, especially as children were involved. Ulvaeus also wrote the lyrics for Fältskog’s 1979 live number ‘I’m Still Alive’.
In a 1999 poll for Channel 5, “The Winner Takes It All” was voted Britain’s favourite ABBA song. This feat was replicated in a 2010 poll for ITV. In a 2006 poll for a Channel Five programme, “The Winner Takes It All” was voted “Britain’s Favourite Break-Up Song.”” … READ MORE ON WIKIPEDIA
One for Sorrow is a song by Steps, which became the group’s first single to make it to the Top 5 on the UK charts. Debuting at #2 (behind Manic Street Preachers’ If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next) and spending 11 weeks on the British charts, this song firmly established Steps’s intention to revive the ABBA sound, striking a considerable resemblance to The Winner Takes It All. A remixed version of this song became their debut US single in 1999 and also featured on the Drive Me Crazy film soundtrack. The song reached number 2 in the UK Charts for a second time in 2001, following the groups disbanding.
Unlike Steps’ previous single, “Last Thing on My Mind”, which featured solo vocals by all three girls, Claire performs lead vocals of all of the verses, which are harmonised with Faye, before the entire band join for the chorus. It has since surfaced following the group’s reformation in 2011, that after the single, tensions arose in the band due to Richards singing lead vocals on the single, therefore pushing the other four members to the background.
On July 29, 2015, Claire Richards premiered a new solo acoustic version of the track at an event celebrating Pete Waterman’s career at the Royal Festival Hall. … READ MORE ON WIKIPEDIA
ABBA The Winner Takes It All Steps One for Sorrow