They won Eurovision in 1974, catapulting them into the international spotlight and laying the foundation for world music domination.
But since splitting in 1982, Abba’s Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad have led separate lives and forged independent careers, frequently denying reports of a reunion and rarely appearing together in public.
But on Sunday evening the former group finally sang together, sharing the stage and exchanging hugs at a private party in Stockholm to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson’s friendship.
It marked their first performance together in 30 years.
— Edward af Sillén (@EdwardafSillen) 6 June 2016
Melodifestivalen and Eurovision scriptwriter Edward af Sillén captured the moment and shared it on Twitter, sending the Internet into meltdown.
It’s the group’s first public appearance since January, when they shared the stage briefly at the opening of Mamma Mia! The Party — the Greek taverna restaurant in Stockholm that Björn announced last April.
According to The Guardian, their January appearance at the restaurant launch marked the first time they had been photographed together in public since 2008.
On Sunday evening they shared a friendly rapport and exchanged hugs and kisses, demonstrating the lingering affection that remains after rising to global fame as a single unit — and all the struggle and strife that went into that.
Journalists have frequently speculated about the extent and severity of their divisions. As you’ll recall, bandmates Agnetha and Björn married and divorced, as did their counterparts Benny and Anni-Frid.
“It was absolutely amazing,” Anni-Frid told Expressen. “A lot of emotions. We’ve made this journey throughout our history. Benny and Björn in particular. It’s been very nostalgic.”
Here’s their reunion at the Mamma Mia! restaurant from back in January.