Knowing Me, Knowing You

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Published by: Universal/Union Songs AB
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"Knowing Me, Knowing You"
Knowing Me Knowing You.jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album Arrival
B-side"Happy Hawaii"[1]
Released14 February 1977[1]
Format7" single
Recorded23 March 1976 at Metronome Studio
LabelPolar (Sweden)
Epic (UK)[1]
Atlantic (US)
Writer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Stig Anderson[1]
Producer(s)Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus[1]
ABBA singles chronology

"Knowing Me, Knowing You" is a hit single recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. The song was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, with Anni-Frid Lyngstad singing the lead vocals. During recording sessions, it had the working titles of "Ring It In" and "Number 1, Number 1". The song is featured on the group's album Arrival, and also on the Gold: Greatest Hits compilation.


  • 1 History
  • 2 Music video
  • 3 Reception
  • 4 Chart performance
    • 4.1 Weekly singles charts
    • 4.2 Year-end charts
  • 5 Cover versions
  • 6 Live cover performances and appearances in other media
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


"Knowing Me, Knowing You" was recorded in 1976 at the Metronome studio in Stockholm and was released as a single in February 1977, becoming one of the group's most successful hits. The B-side was "Happy Hawaii", an arrangement of another ABBA song, "Why Did It Have to Be Me?", but with a different lead vocalist and lyrics. "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was one of the first ABBA songs to deal with the break-up of a relationship. It predates the divorces of the ABBA members, as well as further break-up songs to come: "The Winner Takes It All", "One of Us" and "When All Is Said and Done". Group member Benny Andersson named "Knowing Me, Knowing You" as one of ABBA's best recordings in a 2004 interview, along with "Dancing Queen", "The Winner Takes It All" and "When I Kissed the Teacher". "Conociéndome, Conociéndote" is the Spanish-language version of the song. It was included in the compilation Oro: Grandes Éxitos released in 1993.

Music video

The music video depicts the band against various colored backdrops singing while facing each other, turning away as a new line is sung. At the end of the video, the band's female members are seen walking away through thick snow. The video was directed by future Academy Award nominee Lasse Hallström and is a landmark in his career alongside most other videos of the band which were directed by him.[2]


"Knowing Me, Knowing You" proved to be one of ABBA's most successful singles, hitting #1 in Germany (ABBA's sixth consecutive chart-topper there), the United Kingdom,[3] Ireland, Mexico and South Africa,[4] while reaching the Top 3 in Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It was also a Top 10 hit in Australia, France, New Zealand and Norway. In the United States, it became ABBA's sixth Top 20 single, peaking at #14 on the Hot 100, and also reached #7 on Billboard's AC chart.

In the UK, "Knowing Me, Knowing You" was the biggest single of 1977.[5] It also began a second run of three consecutive #1 singles for ABBA (followed by "The Name of the Game" and "Take a Chance on Me"), the group having already had three consecutive #1 hit singles in 1976.

Cover versions

  • A cover recorded in 1977 by the Top of the Poppers appears on the 2002 compilation album Knowing Me, Knowing You.
  • The Paraguayan singer Perla recorded a Spanish version, Conociendonos Mas for the 1977 album Relaciones Internacionales.
  • Czech singer Věra Špinarová recorded a Czech version, Slunečné pobřeží (meaning Sunny Beach in Bulgaria), in 1977.
  • The French conductor Franck Pourcel recorded an instrumental version for his 1978 album Pourcel meets Abba.
  • British singer Cilla Black recorded a cover for her 1980 album Especially For You.
  • Swedish pop group A-Teens included the song as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of their debut album The ABBA Generation.
  • Danish singer Sanne Salomonsen recorded her own cover of the song for the 1992 Swedish tribute album ABBA – The Tribute, released on the Polar Music label.
  • American power pop band Wondermints included a cover of the song on their 1996 album Wonderful World Of The Wondermints.
  • Evan Dando, former lead singer of The Lemonheads, recorded an acoustic version of the song which was included on the album ABBA: A Tribute – The 25th Anniversary Celebration released in 1999.
  • Right Said Fred covered the song on the German album ABBA Mania which was a tie-in to a TV special in Germany.
  • Swedish musician Nils Landgren included a rendition of the song on his 2004 tribute album Funky ABBA.
  • A version by Swedish heavy metal band Tad Morose was included on the ABBA tribute compilation ABBAMetal (also released as A Tribute to ABBA).
  • The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded an instrumental version of the song.
  • Richard Clayderman played an instrumental version on his album The ABBA Collection.
  • In 2016, former The Mission-guitarist Mark Thwaite released a cover of the song, featuring Ville Valo, lead singer of HIM.

Live cover performances and appearances in other media

  • Brief clips from the original ABBA recording features in the film ABBA: The Movie (1977), whilst Ashley is stuck in a traffic jam; it is presumably coming from the radio of another car.
  • Live versions have been performed by various artists including Elvis Costello, Joe Jackson, Norwegian singer/actress Anneli Drecker, Swedish band Eskobar, Canadian singer Ron Sexsmith and American singer Marshall Crenshaw.
  • The song is also performed in the musical Mamma Mia! by the character of Sam. In the context of the musical, the song is used as Sam's description of his failed marriage.
  • The song is the theme of the Steve Coogan 1990's comic vehicle Knowing Me, Knowing You... with Alan Partridge.


  1. ^ a b c d e "ABBA - Knowing Me, Knowing You (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Knowing me Knowing you/ABBA Lasse Hallström". indielisboa. 
  3. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 338–9. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  4. ^ "South Africa". 2014-01-05. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  5. ^ {}
  6. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  7. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  8. ^ Downey, Pat; Albert, George; Hoffmann, Frank W (1994). Cash Box pop singles charts, 1950–1993. Libraries Unlimited. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-56308-316-7. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "Forum - 1970 (ARIA Charts: Special Occasion Charts)". Archived from the original on 2 June 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly - Library and Archives Canada". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  11. ^ Hunter, Nigel; Scaping, Peter, eds. (1978). "Top 100 Singles in 1977". BPI Year Book 1978 (3rd ed.). London, England: The British Phonographic Industry Ltd. pp. 216–17. ISBN 0-906154-01-4. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1977/Top 100 Songs of 1977". Retrieved 2016-10-12. 
  13. ^ Billboard, December 24, 1977.

External links

  • Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

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