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COVER vs ORIGINAL: ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’

The song, “Lay All Your Love On Me”, was originally recorded by ABBA in 1980

Benny Andersson (b.1946) and Björn Ulvaeus (b.1945) of ABBA wrote and produced the song “Lay All Your Love On Me” for the group in 1980. It was recorded for their seventh studio album, “Super Trouper”, and was released as the sixth and final single in July 1981. It reached No.7 in the UK and No.1 on the US Dance chart but was only a minor hit in the six other countries it was released, including their homeland of Sweden.

American hip hop group Information Society covered the song for their self-titled 1988 album and released it as a single the following year. It peaked at No.83 on the US singles chart, but the best known cover of “Lay All Your Love On Me” came from British synth-pop duo Erasure. They recorded the song as part of their four track “ABBA-esque” EP in 1992 and took it “Take A Chance On Me“, “SOS” and “Voulez Vous” to the top of the UK singles chart as well as in many countries across mainland Europe, including Sweden!

But which version is the best? ABBA’s original or ERASURE’s cover?