'The Winner Takes it All' video

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The leadoff single to ABBA's 1980 LP Super Trouper and a smash hit, "The Winner Takes it All" is a mournful lamentation of a relationship's dissolution. The accompanying video by the Swedish pop group is a perfect complement to the somber tone of the song, juxtaposing the sad countenance and singing of Agnetha Faltskog with her bandmates' conviviality. Those raised on and appreciative of quick-cut MTV videos may find this slow going, but the video's elegant, understated style, Faltskog's emotional performance, and the song's compelling melody and lyrics make this a worthy find.

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