The Winner Takes IT All - Cover Versions

Cover Versions

  • In December 1980, French singer Mireille Mathieu covered the song in French with lyrics by Alain Boublil (but on Mireille Mathieu's album "French Collection" it's Charles Level who is credited with these lyrics), called "Bravo, Tu As Gagné" (translated as "Bravo, You've Won"). The recording uses a slightly remixed version of the original ABBA backing track & the lead as well as backing vocals (by Mathieu, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus) were recorded in the Polar Studios.
  • In 1980, Czech singer Helena Vondráčková released a cover called "A ty se ptáš co já" with Czech lyrics by Zdeněk Borovec.
  • In 1980, German singer Marianne Rosenberg released a German version called "Nur Sieger steh'n im Licht".
  • In 1981, The Shadows did an instrumental version on their album Hits Right Up Your Street.
  • In 1984, Turkish singer Nilüfer Yumlu covered the song in her native language as "Yalnızlığımla Başbaşa" on her album named Nilüfer 84.
  • In 1988, British singer Sandra Edwards released a Hi-NRG version on the Bolts label, available on 12" single only.
  • In 1990, Mexican singer Pedro Fernández recorded his Spanish version called "El Ganador"
  • The 1992 compilation ABBA: The Tribute (released through Polar Records) contained a cover by Swedish band Freda.
  • In 1993, British singer-songwriter Beverley Craven recorded her own light pop version for her album Love Scenes. It was also released as a single.
  • In 1993, Argentine duo Pimpinela recorded a Spanish version of "The Winner Takes It All" titled "Solo Hay Un Ganador" for their album Hay Amores Que Matan.
  • In 1993, the K&K Studio Singers released the song in Polish as "Nie Chcę Mówić Już".
  • In 1996, singer Hazell Dean released a dance-oriented cover of the song as a single. It was also available on her album The Winner Takes It All: Hazell Dean Sings ABBA released that same year & later on the 1999 compilation ABBA: A Tribute – The 25th Anniversary Celebration.
  • Russian black metal band Trizna recorded a cover of the song for their 1996 album Need for Speed. The track was also later included on the double album Pesni Dlya Radio (translated as "Songs for the Radio"), which was recorded with band Black Obelisk and released in 2000.
  • In 1997, the song was used as the theme tune on the short lived ITV comedy programme Blind Men.
  • In 1997, Swiss/German eurodance group E-Rotic included a version on their ABBA tribute album Thank You for the Music.
  • In 1999, Irish pop/rock band The Corrs recorded a version of the song for the Abbamania compilation. For the 2004 follow-up compilation ABBAMania 2, the song was covered by TV actress Bernie Nolan.
  • The late American pop singer Laura Branigan recorded several dance remix covers of the song. Audio samples can be heard on her official website.
  • An electronica cover of the song by Mitchell Sigman can be found on The Electronic Tribute to ABBA compilation, with vocals by Deena Noroian.
  • American singer-songwriter Pamela McNeill covered the song on her Tribute to ABBA album, which was produced by her husband Dugan McNeill.
  • In 2000, the Swedish band The Black Sweden recorded 2 versions for their ABBA tribute album Gold; one in soft rock style, the other acoustic.
  • In 2000, German pop singer Jeanette Biedermann recorded a cover of the song.
  • In 2001, German power metal band At Vance released a version on their album Dragonchaser.
  • In 2001, American indie singer/songwriter Hannah Fury included a cover of the song on her EP Meathook.
  • In 2001, Belgian singer Dana Winner covered the song in English for her album Unforgettable.
  • In 2001, stage musical singer Michael Ball recorded a version for his album Centre Stage.
  • In 2001, Brazilian ska-core band Randal Grave covered the song on their album Like to Do Girlie Stuff Sometimes.
  • In 2002, Synthpop group Queen of Japan covered the song on their album Headrush.
  • In 2002, British singer Martine McCutcheon covered the song on her album Musicality.
  • In 2003, German singer Uwe Kröger included a cover of the song on his solo album From Broadway to Hollywood.
  • In 2004, British singer Samantha Fox recorded a cover for the German ABBA Mania compilation, as well as performing it on the coinciding TV special.
  • On the 2004 compilation Abbalicious performed by various American drag queens, the song is covered by Cashetta.
  • A dance version by Japanese dance act GTS (featuring Robbie Danzie on vocals) was included on their 2004 compilation Cruising.
  • In, 2006, Swedish opera singer Anne Sofie von Otter covered the song on her ABBA tribute album I Let the Music Speak.
  • American stage actress/singer Jan Gelberman recorded a cover of the song for her album With Love to Share.
  • A cover of the song by German pop band Sweetbox featuring Jade Villalon can be found as a hidden track on the European edition of their 2006 album Addicted. The song was played for the FIFA World Cup of that year.
  • Polish singer Lidia Kopania recorded an English cover of this song for her 2006 album Intuicja.
  • In 2006, German AC/DC tribute band Riff Raff covered the song in AC/DC style for their album Rock 'N' Roll Mutation Vol. 1: Riff Raff Performs ABBA.
  • In 2006, Korean singer Moony (not to be confused with the Italian artist of the same name) recorded an English cover for her album Whispering Of The Moon.
  • In 2006, Finnish a cappella choral ensemble Rajaton released the song on their ABBA tribute album Rajaton Sings ABBA With Lahti Symphony Orchestra.
  • In 2006, a lounge music style cover of the song by Trombo Combo was included on their album Trombo Combo: Swedish Sound Deluxe.
  • A cover of the song by Swedish performers Gladys del Pilar and Dave Nerge from a stage show entitled "ABBA: The True Story" was recorded and released as a single.
  • In 2008, the song was covered in a jazz/lounge music style by American group BNB on their album Bossa Mia: Songs of ABBA.
  • In 2008, a cover was recorded by the group Eden, and is featured on two compilations: Euro Football Party Hits and Olympic Dreams: China.
  • In 2008, Australian singers Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue recorded the song for the soundtrack of a UK comedy series, Beautiful People with the BBC orchestra. The soundtrack was released on 20 October of that year.
  • In 2008, the song is performed by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!, and is included on the soundtrack album.
  • In 2008, a Spanish language cover version was included on Il Divo's album The Promise, as The Winner Takes It All (Va Todo Al Ganador).
  • In 2008, Scottish Steven McLachlan released his version on 10 November to raise money for eating disorder charity Beat. It reached No. 2 on the UK independent music charts.
  • In 2008, British pop punk band McFly performed "The Winner Takes It All" and recorded an acoustic version of the song, which was featured on their "Lies" single.
  • Several hi-NRG/eurodance cover remixes by Abbacadabra were released in the late 1990s through Almighty Records. It was most recently included on the 2008 compilation We Love ABBA: The Mamma Mia Dance Collection.
  • Over the years, several dance covers of the song have been recorded by various artists including: Angeleyes on their 1999 ABBAdance album, Crown Twister on the Lay All Your Love On ABBA compilation, Euphorica on their 2003 ABBA Dance album, Frodo Project, Wildside (in 2002), DJ Ensamble for the ABBA tribute album Trancing Queen in 2006, and Tom Del Sar (in 2006).
  • In 2009, Andrew Bain (who rose to fame in the British media as the "singing dentist" from London, England) recorded an operatic style cover of the song for his debut album Andrew Bain Presents Modern Classics.
  • In 2010, Liverpudlian singer Tor James Faulkner covered the track on his album The Reflection to raise money and awareness for eating disorder charity Beat.
  • In 2010, John Barrowman covered the song on his self-titled third studio album, John Barrowman.
  • In 2011, Norwegian jazz singer Solveig Slettahjell covered the song on her album Antologie.
  • In 2012, Susan Boyle covered the song on her album Standing Ovation.

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