In today’s publication of my ramblings, we’re going to take a look at the Top 3 ABBA songs for your potted plant. Your succulents, philodendron, mini aloe veras, and whatever else you may have can get pretty lonely while you’re in class, and especially now with winter approaching and sunlight fleeing quicker each day. Every now and then your faithful green friends might need some sonic excitement to freshen up their leaves, and I have some lovely Scandinavian suggestions to do just that. Let’s dive in.
The music of the 1970s has always resonated with me. Artists and bands like Jim Croce and the Doobie Brothers keep bringing me back for more, but there has been one Swedish band in particular that to me shines brighter than the sequins on their bedazzled vests. The supergroup comprised of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog, and Anni-Frid “Frida” Lyngstad make up the legendary band ABBA. The not only musical but cultural impact that they had on the 1970s world seems as if it was larger than life. Their songs have remained timeless over the past 40 years, and their appeal has stretched across decades. Their music can be the soundtrack to a range of things, from sappy love montages to celebratory dancing. But I think that a very underrated use for their music is to be a companion to your potted plants’ well-being.
3. Kicking things off at third on our list is “Chiquitita”. I feel that the beginning of the lyrics to this song perfectly encapsulate the coming dreary winter-ness.
The change in tone that happens famously at the ending of this song always boosts my mood, and I’m sure it will do the same for your soft-stemmed sidekick. The contrast between the depressing first half and hopeful essence of the second will definitely bring your potted plant some much-needed good vibes.
2. Dancing Queen. How could I make a list of anything ABBA-related and not include their biggest hit? This absolute banger of all time is personally one of my favorite songs and something that I listen to almost every day. Whenever I hear it I find that it’s bright, catchy, and exuberant. It definitely fits the feel of a Friday night described in the lyrics, “having the time of your life”. It isn’t in-your-face or very driving, but rather it’s relaxed and laid back. Being a piano major, I also enjoy the prominence of the piano in this song. This song was ABBA’s sole number one hit in America and sold over 3 million copies globally. The message of “Dancing Queen” is one that remains relevant with a 21st century audience, and will certainly resonate with your potted plant.
1. Take a Chance On Me. This song belongs at the top of this list because of its pick-me-up attitude and ability to inspire warmth. In the season to come, I think that songs like these will have a big role in finishing out the semester. In addition, the hopefulness that it carries will contribute to this as well. I feel that its mood is cheerful yet composed, which will surely give your small-scale shrubbery the lift to its leaves that it needs.