Italy - Additional Information

This page contains week by week positions, year end charts, reviews, accreditations and an alternate chart for Italy from the Hit Parade Italia web site which appears to be almost identical in the book Hit Parade, by Romi Padovano (1997). The end of year charts are also from this web site. Thanks to Dean Scapolo, Fiorenzo Testa and Colin Hughes.

Week to Week Charts

Italy Singles
TitleDatePositions
SOS28/02/768,6,7,6,5,3,3,3,3,2,3,2,2,4,4,6,9,8
Fernando17/07/766,8,7,6,6,7,5,6,5,7,8,10
Chiquitita??/??/7950,49,48,48,48,48
The Winner Takes It All28/02/818,9
I Know There's Something Going On01/01/839,9,10
One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head)13/04/859,8,10,9,0,0,8
The Definitive Collection11/11/0135,13,10,14,18,17,21,28,24,28,27,24,29,23,39,43,36
18 Hits29/09/0787

Year End Charts

At the end of each year, the top singles and albums for the year were compiled based on sales. Below are the year-end positions for the ABBA material that made it into the year-end charts.

1974 singles: Waterloo was number 51 for the year.

1976 singles: Dancing Queen was number 65 for the year.
1976 singles: Fernando was number 23 for the year.
1976 singles: SOS was number 7 for the year.

1977 singles: Dancing Queen was number 89 for the year.

1980 singles: The Winner Takes It All was number 88 for the year.

1981 singles: The Winner Takes It All was number 58 for the year.

1982 singles: I Know There's Something Going On was number 56 for the year.

1983 singles: I Know There's Something Going On was number 53 for the year.

1985 singles: One Night In Bangkok was number 39 for the year.

1976 albums: Greatest Hits was number 53 for the year.
1976 albums: ABBA was number 32 for the year.

1977 albums: Arrival was number 36 for the year.

1978 albums: Abba - The Album was number 88 for the year.

1981 albums: Super Trouper was number 37 for the year.

1982 albums: The Visitors was number 81 for the year.
1982 albums: Something's Going On by Frida was number 78 for the year.

1992 albums: Abba Gold was number 27 for the year.

1993 albums: Abba Gold was number 54 for the year.

2001 albums: The Definitive Collection was number 69 for the year.

2008 albums: Abba Gold was number 30 for the year.

Reviews

CHIQUITITA - ABBA - 45 giri, "TV SORRISI E CANZONI", Spring 1979.

Gli Abba, ovvero le quattro galline dalle uova d'oro (hanno venduto e continuano a vendere milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo), hanno costruito un altro pezzo da classifica. "Chiquitita" ha melodia, sound e carica al punto giusto. Non mancano neppure le schitarrate tipicamente mediterranee. Anche il retro, "Lovelight", è un bel pezzo che avrà sicuramente successo.

(Title translates to - Chiquitita - ABBA - Single)

Abba, that is the four gooses that lay the golden eggs (they have sold and they still keep on selling millions of records all over the world), have built another chart track. "Chiquitita" has melody, sound and energy in the right amount. There is also the typical sound of Mediterranean guitars. The backside, "Lovelight", is a good track as well and it will surely be successful.

GLI ABBA, PRODOTTO D'ESPORTAZIONE, from "FAMIGLIA CRISTIANA", Summer 1979.

Nella bilancia svedese del commercio con l'estero, gli Abba sono una voce consistente. Conquistata l'Inghilterra e gli altri paesi dell'Europa attraverso l'Eurovisione, il quartetto è diventato una vera industria il marchio fa vendere la loro musica, buona per tutte le occasioni. Inossidabili, metallici, perfetti, gli Abba in "Voulez-vous" (33 giri, "Epic"), hanno raccolto dieci canzoni disparate, piene di fantasia e di ritmo, ciascuna delle quali può diventare un bestseller, riconciliando il grosso pubblico con la musica leggera. E', insomma, un perfetto esempio di musica pop per gli Anni Ottanta, nonostante qua e là si noti qualche segno di stanchezza.

(Title translates to - ABBA - An Export Product)

In the Swedish balance of international payments, Abba are a substantial item. After the conquest of United Kingdom and all other European countries with the Eurovision Song Contest, the quartet has become a real industry - they sell their music, which is good for all occasions, under their trademark. The stainless, metallic, perfect Abba get together in "Voulez-Vous" (long playing, "Epic") ten different songs full of fantasy and rhythm - each one of them is a potential best seller - reconciling the big audience to light music. It is, in short, a perfect example of pop music for the Eighties, although here and there, some signs of tiredness can be noticed.


Accreditations

In Italy, a Gold accreditation is 50,000 copies sold.

Abba Gold - Gold x 4
The Definitive Collection - Gold

Key to Abbreviations:

Date: The year in which the single or album charted.
Title: The title of the single or album.
HP: The highest position the item reached in the charts.
TI: Amount of months in the chart.

Abba:

Italian Singles
DateTitleHPTI
07/74Waterloo1503
02/76SOS0206
07/76Fernando0404
12/76Dancing Queen1101
01/81The Winner Takes It All1302

Italian Albums
DateTitleHPTI
05/76ABBA1103
11/76Greatest Hits1901
03/77Arrival1204
??/78ABBA - The Album25??
03/81Super Trouper1003
??/82The Visitors23??
12/92Abba Gold0203
2001The Definitive Collection21??

Frida:

Italian Single
DateTitleHPTI
12/82I Know There's Something Going On0603

Italian Album
DateTitleHPTI
??/82Something's Going On21??

Chess:

Italian Single
DateTitleHPTI
04/85One Night In Bangkok1103

Maintained by Trent Nickson.
Last updated: 2 June 2013.