ABBA vs Mamma Mia: who sung it better?
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One of the best parts of the Mamma Mia films is their entertaining and hilarious dramatisation of ABBA songs, especially if they involve Julie Walters falling over in some capacity or another. In the first Mamma Mia, we were treated to an array of ABBA’s best hits, including ‘Take a Chance On Me’, ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!’, ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’ and Piers Brosnan singing ‘S.O.S’ with *that* voice. So, in honour of the release of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again, we ask ourselves: who sung it better? 1. ‘When I Kissed The Teacher’ – Mamma Mia This song was practically made for Lily James’ voice, with the fuller upbeat backing vocals (particularly from young Rosie and young Tanya) coming to life in the film’s production of the song, more so than the original. The song is also given context in Donna’s graduation, with the inclusion of Celia Imrie, who plays one of the teachers. 2. ‘I Wonder (Departure)' – ABBA Although the track works as a contrast to other more upbeat songs in Mamma Mia, Frida’s emotional and dramatic voice allows the lyrics to come through, and for there to be more of a climax in the song. 3. ‘One Of Us’ - ABBA Amanda Seyfried has the voice of an angel, but, the track does not suit Dominic Cooper’s voice so much. It’s an unbeatable ABBA classic. 4. ‘Waterloo’ – ABBA Although young Harry, aka Hugh Skinner, performs this song very well, he takes the ‘quintessential British accent’ a little too far to try to make this song live up to its original. 5. ‘Why Did It Have To Be Me?’ - Mamma Mia Josh Dylan and Lily James' vocals both shine in this shimmering track, and accompanied by its 70s-esque backing, the song works really well in the context of a fun-loving film. Young Bill is also very nice to look at, which helps! 6. ‘I Have A Dream’ – Tie It’s fairly hard to compare this track, as the film doesn't stray too far from the original. It suits Mamma Mia just as well as it suits ABBA. 7. ‘Kisses Of Fire’ – Mamma Mia The upbeat synths and influx of harmonies that this track possesses make it a great listen, but Mamma Mia somehow manage to add to its dramatic and passionate rhythm. Panos Mouzourakis’ solo at the start of the track is highly memorable. 8. ‘Andante, Andante’ – ABBA This song does really suit Lily James’ voice, but lacks the same depth of harmonies as the original.
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