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"Super Trouper", (working title "Blinka lilla stjärna", the Swedish title of nursery rhyme "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star"), was a hit single for Swedish pop group ABBA, and was the title track from their 1980 studio album Super Trouper, written by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus. The song, with lead vocals by Anni-Frid Lyngstad, was the last to be written and recorded for this album. "Super Trouper" is included on the Gold: Greatest Hits compilation, as well as in the Mamma Mia! musical.

The name "Super Trouper" referred to the spotlights used in stadium concerts and such. ABBA were not always fond of performing onstage, preferring the confines of the studio to being on tour. This is reflected in the lyrics, which, in typical ABBA style, are presented as happy and upbeat, yet tinged with a hint of sadness.

Music video[edit source | editbeta][]

In October 1980, the music video for "Super Trouper" used the largest number of artists that ABBA have ever used in a music video. Other than ABBA and their friends themselves, the rest were from a circus troupe based in Britain. It was to have been shot in Piccadilly Circus in London, but was shot in Stockholm after the British authorities did not allow the shoot to go ahead.

The spotlight featured throughout the music video is, in fact, a CCT Silhouette follow spot, as opposed to a real Super Trouper. The city of Glasgow mentioned in the lyric was suggested by Howard Huntridge who worked with their then-UK publishers Bocu Music.

Reception[edit source | editbeta][]

"Super Trouper" was yet another successful single for ABBA. It topped the charts in Belgium, West Germany, Great Britain (their 9th and final #1 in the UK), Ireland and the Netherlands. It reached the Top 5 in Austria, France, Norway, Switzerland and Mexico, while peaking in the Top 10 in Finland and Spain. In the United States, where ABBA never quite managed to achieve the same sort of popularity experienced elsewhere, the single reached #45. However, combined with "Lay All Your Love on Me" and "On and On and On", it topped the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart.

Chart positions[edit source | editbeta][]

[1][2]Swedish Polar 7" 45, 1980

Chart (1980) Peak


Australian Singles Chart 77
Austrian Singles Chart 3
Belgian Singles Chart 1
British Singles Chart 1
Canadian Singles Chart 32
Dutch Singles Chart 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 1
Finnish Singles Chart 8
French Singles Chart 4
German Singles Chart 1
Irish Singles Chart 1
Japanese Singles Chart 93
Mexican Singles Chart[1] 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 2
Spanish Singles Chart 8
Swedish Singles Chart 11
Swiss Singles Chart 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 45
U.S. BillboardHot Dance Club Play[2] 1
Zimbabwean Singles Chart 18
Preceded by

"The Tide Is High" by Blondie

UK Singles Chart number-one single

29 November 1980 – 20 December 1980

Succeeded by

"(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon

Preceded by

"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand

Irish Singles Chart number-one single

29 November 1980 – 13 December 1980

Succeeded by

"There's No-one Quite Like Grandma" by St Winifred's School Choir

Belgian VRT Top 30 number-one single

29 November 1980 – 20 December 1980

Succeeded by

"Santa Maria" by Roland Kaiser

Preceded by

"Never Knew Love Like This Before" by Stephanie Mills

Dutch Top 40 number-one single

6 December 1980 – 13 December 1980

Preceded by

"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand

European Hot 100 Singles number-one single

18 December 1980 – 5 February 1981

Succeeded by

"(Just Like) Starting Over" by John Lennon

German Singles Chart number-one single (first run)

19 December 1980 – 26 December 1980

Succeeded by

"Woman in Love" by Barbra Streisand

German Singles Chart number-one single (second run)

9 January 1981 – 23 January 1981

Succeeded by

"Fade to Gray" by Visage

Preceded by

"Your Love" / "You're My Magician" by Lime

U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single

(with "Lay All Your Love on Me" and "On and On and On") 2 May 1981

Succeeded by

"Paradise" / "Hold Tight" / "Heaven of My Life" by Change

A-Teens version[edit source | editbeta][]

"Super Trouper"
Single by A-Teens
from the album The ABBA Generation
Released 29 November 1999
Format CD Single

Cassette vinyl (12") Airplay

Recorded 1999
Genre Pop, Europop
Length 3:52
Label Universal Music
Producer Thomas Johansson

Ronald Malmberg

A-Teens singles chronology
"Mamma Mia"


"Super Trouper"


"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!"


"Super Trouper" was A-Teens' second single from their 1st album The ABBA Generation, a cover of ABBA's song. When the single came out in the fall of 1999, it became a hit around the globe, just as its predecessor "Mamma Mia", also an ABBA cover. "Super Trouper" debuted at No. 2 in Sweden and was later certified platinum .[3]

It also became their only Top 5 hit in Germany peaking at #4. The single also reached No. 21 in the United Kingdom, No. 18 in Switzerland, No. 15 in Norway, No. 11 in Austria and No. 12 in Netherlands.

Music video[edit source | editbeta][]

The music video was directed by Sebastian Reed and was filmed in Sweden. The video shows a girl so obsessed with the band that she owns posters, magazines, mugs and clothing. She also copies the band's choreography that is shown on TV. Some of the articles that feature pictures of the band come to life in the video.

The video was a hit in most TV stations charting inside the Top 10 countdowns in late 1999 and early 2000.

Releases[edit source | editbeta][]

European 2-Track CD Single
  1. "Super Trouper" [Radio Version] – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" [Super Radio Remix] – 4:04
European CD Maxi
  1. "Super Trouper" [Radio Version] – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" [Super Super Remix] – 8:58
  3. "Super Trouper" [Pinocchio Remix] – 5:08
  4. "Super Trouper" [Extended Version] – 6:05
German CD Maxi
  1. "Super Trouper" [Radio Version] – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" [Perre J's Remix] – 4:04
  3. "Happy New Year" – 4:23
  4. "Mamma Mia" [Radio Version] – 3:43
  • Video: "Mamma Mia"
U.K. CD1
  1. "Super Trouper" [Radio Version] – 3:52
  2. "A*Teens Medley" [Pierre J's Full UK Mix] – 7:27
  3. "Super Trouper" [Karaoke Version] – 3:52
  • Video: "Super Trouper"
U.K. CD2
  1. "Super Trouper" [Extended Version] – 6:05
  2. "Super Trouper" [W.I.P.] – 6:10
  3. "Super Trouper" [The Bold & The Glamour Mix] – 6:50
U.K. Cassette
  1. "Super Trouper" [Radio Version] – 3:52
  2. "Super Trouper" [Karaoke Version] – 3:52
Japan CD Maxi
  1. "Super Trouper" [Radio Version] – 3:52
  2. "Happy New Year" – 4:23
  3. "Super Trouper" [Super Super Remix] – 8:58
  4. "Super Trouper" [Extended Version] – 6:05
Sweden Promo CD
  1. "Super Trouper" [Radio Version] – 3:52
12" Vinyl Promo (1 Track)
  1. A. "Super Trouper" [Extended Version] – 6:05

UK 12" Vinyl Promo (3 Track)

  1. A1. "Super Trouper" [Extended Version] – 6:05
  2. B1. "Super Trouper" [The Bold & The Glamour Mix] – 6:50
  3. B2. "Super Trouper" [W.I.P.] – 6:10

Appearances in other media[edit source | editbeta][]

  • The song is performed in the Mamma Mia! stage musical. In the musical, Donna, Tanya and Rosie perform the song at Sophie's hen party dressed in the tight Lycra suits they used to wear when they were a girl band called "Donna and the Dynamos". In the context of the musical, it explains that even though Donna has a hard life sometimes, all she has to know is that Sophie is there and that makes Donna feel much better. When Niklas Strömstedt wrote lyrics for the Swedish staging of the musical, "Glasgow" was replaced by "Gränna" as the place from which the singer calls in the lyrics.
  • The song is also performed in the movie Bohemian Rhapsody 2: Ebony Meets Freddie. In the context of the movie, it explains that even though Ebony (played by Crescendo Allegra Melody) has a hard life sometimes, all she has to know that Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek) is there for her, on and off the stage, even when he's not around. Ebony and the rest of Queen (performed by Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee and Joseph Mazzello) perform this song as their unknown band: The Nightingales, explained in further detail of the Bohemian Rhapsody: The Series episode: "A Month in the Life of the Nightingales". There's a dream sequence in the final chorus.