agnetha faltskog A 2013

ORIGINAL vs REMIX: ‘I Should’ve Followed You Home’ – Agnetha and Gary

The song, “I Should’ve Followed You Home”, was recorded by Agnetha Fältskog and Gary Barlow in 2013

In 2013, ABBA‘s Agnetha Fältskog released her first studio album as a solo artist for nine years. “A” proved a huge hit with critics and fans alike, going top ten across most of the world and becoming her first to chart Stateside since her debut English language album, “Wrap Your Arms Around Me”, in 1983. “A” gained a Platinum disc in Australia and Gold certifications in Sweden and the UK, where it became her highest charting album to date. Four singles were lifted from “A”, the fourth was written by and performed with Take That’s Gary Barlow, “I Should’ve Followed You Home”. The down-tempo song reflects on chances missed with a former relationship but with some clever lyrics also reflecting Agnetha’s own musical ‘disappearance’ for such a long time.

“I Should’ve Followed You Home” broke the UK singles chart upon release in November 2013 and became the most successful of the four released there. But while Gary and Agnetha clearly enjoyed working together so much and would also perform the song at a special Children In Need concert that same month, a second version, remixed by pop producers 7th Heaven, caused perhaps a much bigger storm when it featured on the CD single. Having remixed songs for Kylie, Steps, Erasure and Take That themselves, along with many others, 7th Heaven turned in an awesome dance floor filler that raises the threshold of the song to an entirely different level. Perhaps it was this element that catapulted “I Should’ve Followed You Home” into the charts. Who knows, but we’re glad it did happen!

But which version is the best? The original or the 7th Heaven remix?