By the time that ABBA recorded their fifth album it was clear that they were running out of inspiration, at least as far as album titles were concerned; ‘Thank You For The Music’ was originally released on ABBA: The Album in 1977 but wasn’t released as a single until 1983 to promote the band’s retrospective compilation album (also titled Thank You For The Music).
Unsurprisingly, the song didn’t fair well in the charts – fans had had access to it for 6 years, and by the early 1980s Abbamania was in decline. ‘Thank You For The Music’ can be considered as the band’s farewell song, both lyrically and commercially.
As far as the chart goes, there isn’t much to worry about once you’ve clocked the key signature and any sneaky accidentals. ABBA’s bass maestro Rutger Gunnarsson keeps things simple, using scale tones and the occasional chromatic approach to smoothly navigate the harmony without treading on anyone else’s toes.