The Top 10 Mamma Mia! Songs

ABBA is one of the most successful bands in history, second only to The Beatles in albums sold worldwide. It’s no wonder then that so many great songs are packed into Mamma Mia!, and choosing the best is no easy task! Here are our picks for the top 10 songs in the smash-hit musical.

10. I Have a Dream

UK charts peak: #1 (Westlife cover)

Sophie sings “I Have a Dream” as both the prologue and finale of Mamma Mia! A powerful song about overcoming obstacles to achieve your goals, ABBA reached #2 in the UK charts in 1979, before Westlife took it all the way to a Christmas #1 with their cover in 1999.

This is the music video of Westlife’s cover version. A boyband covering ABBA? Doesn’t get much camper than this:

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9. Lay All Your Love on Me

UK charts peak: #7

We’re introduced to the characters of Sophie and Sky as they sing “Lay All Your Love on Me”, a romantic ballad that perfectly expresses their young love. It was not originally intended to be a single, but it reached #7 in the UK charts after ABBA released it in 1980.

Here Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper writhe around on the sunny beaches of Greece:

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Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan as Donna and Sam in the Mamma Mia! film

8. S.O.S.

UK charts peak: #6

Donna and Sam sing “S.O.S.” as a duet, with each feeling their passion for each other rekindling, unbeknownst to the other. ABBA released it in 1975, and it became their second big hit in the UK, reaching #6.

ABBA’s official music video features some trippy kaleidoscope shots:

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7. Money, Money, Money

UK charts peak: #3

As her friends Tanya and Rosie arrive on the island, Donna sings “Money, Money, Money”, revealing how hard she works to provide a better life for her daughter. The dramatic structure of the song easily lent itself to a musical. ABBA released it as a single in 1976 and it went to #1 in 8 countries. The music video is one of the band’s best known.

Here’s that memorable video of ABBA performing “Money, Money, Money” – Benny and Bjorn’s shirts are a definite highlight:

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6. Voulez-Vous

UK charts peak: #3

The first act finale of “Voulez-Vous” is performed by the entire cast of Mamma Mia! A big, bold number full of dramatic tension, it leaves audiences wanting more and rushing back to their seats after the interval. It was the title track of ABBA’s 6th album, released in 1979.

It’s a 70’s dance party in the official ABBA video:

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5. Take a Chance on Me

UK charts peak: #1

Rosie and Bill sing “Take a Chance on Me” as a comic and touching duet, as they are both surprised to find themselves falling for each other. It was one of ABBA’s biggest hits, reaching #1 in the US and the UK, where it stayed on top of the charts for three weeks.

I don’t even know what to say about this video set in a white soundstage:

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4. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)

UK charts peak: #2

Sophie’s hen party sings “Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!” as her three potential fathers confront her over why they have been brought to the island. One of ABBA’s greatest hits, it reached #2 in the UK. In 2005, it was sampled by Madonna in her single Hung Up, which holds the record for reaching #1 in the most countries, 41 in total.

This is the movie cast led by Amanda Seyfried performing “Gimme, Gimme, Gimme”:

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3. The Winner Takes It All

UK charts peak: #1

The most moving moment in Mamma Mia! takes place as Donna sings “The Winner Takes It All” to Sam, revealing her heartbreak at their break-up. It was the song that originally inspired producer Judy Craymer to create an ABBA musical, as she felt its heartfelt story of love lost would translate perfectly to the stage.

Meryl knocks it out of the park with this number in the Mamma Mia! movie:

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2. Mamma Mia

UK charts peak: #1

Donna reveals how quickly she could fall for any of her former lovers again with the musical’s title track, “Mamma Mia”. It is easily one of ABBA’s most beloved songs, and also appears in the films “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” and “Muriel’s Wedding.”

The outfits do not disappoint in the original ABBA video:

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1. Dancing Queen

UK charts peak: #1

Rosie and Tanya assure Donna that she can still find love as they rope her into singing “Dancing Queen.” It is considered ABBA’s signature song, reaching #1 in 13 countries and becoming one of the best-selling and most iconic singles of the 1970’s. This dance classic is still heard in discos across the globe, and it’s empowering, uplifting message makes it a perfect choice to top our list of Mamma Mia! songs.

Here’s the original music video of this smash-hit ABBA song:

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Did we get it right with our Top 10? What is your favourite Mamma Mia! song, and which ABBA hits would you have liked to see in the musical?

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