Our Signature Band...

I grew up listening to ABBA. My mom would play the cassettes in the car as a kid, and when I got my  first CD player (which is big enough to be a microwave), I got a two-CD set with over 40 songs on it, which I would listen to once a week. The songs are so fun and so... catchy. I used to consider them my ultimate guilty pleasure until I realized that there was nothing to feel guilty about. If you say you don't like ABBA, I believe you secretly do, and just don't want to admit it. :P

Whenever I would go over to my best friend's house, we would blast ABBA together. I remember when we both dyed/bleached our hair one time, and we played ABBA through the whole thing. When her dad would drive us around when we were in high school, we would sing along to ABBA in the car. My friend and I have several signature songs based on inside jokes, and one of them is "The Winner Takes it All" (solely due to its silliness). When Mamma Mia! came to our town on tour, we both went and saw it, lip syncing to every song they performed.

No boy asked me to prom my senior year in high school, so I decided to take her (she went to an alternative school at the time). Forgive me if this offends you, but my school was preeeetttyyy ghetto, so they were playing nothing but pop/R&B. Since my birthday was the next day (that was the last night I'd ever be 17 [coughyoungandsweetonly17cough]) , we went up to the DJ and requested "Dancing Queen" on the sheet of paper at the beginning of the night. When we saw him read the paper, he rolled his eyes and totally ignored it. Every 30 minutes or so, we would write it down again, and he'd skip over it. Finally, at the end of the night (when almost everybody was gone), he kind of shot us a glare and played it. My friend and I literally bounced up and down for the entire song, giggling. 

The last time I saw her, she was moving away. I remember when I was about to walk out of the door to catch the bus to my dorm, she started playing "Dancing Queen" again, and said it reminded her of the time we went to prom together. I immediately started crying. 

To put it bluntly: ABBA means a lot to me. It reminds me of my childhood, my mother, and my friends. Plus, it's catchy as hell (I'm listening to them right now) :)
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Mar 25, 2012