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ABBA "Chiquitita" (Spanish version from 1979)
ABBA "Chiquitita" (Spanish version from 1979)
Published: 2008/08/04
Channel: dholm13
ABBA- Chiquitita Lyrics
ABBA- Chiquitita Lyrics
Published: 2011/04/10
Channel: DazzleDigit
ABBA : Chiquitita - Switzerland
ABBA : Chiquitita - Switzerland '79 ((Stereo))
Published: 2008/06/01
Channel: 2Shaymcn
ABBA - Chiquitita 1979
ABBA - Chiquitita 1979
Published: 2009/08/05
Channel: fritz51348
ABBA - Chiquitita -  Spanish - Español
ABBA - Chiquitita - Spanish - Español
Published: 2011/03/18
Channel: IQQIQQI
ABBA Chiquitita
ABBA Chiquitita
Published: 2011/11/05
Channel: Craig Gagné
grupo liberacion    chiquitita
grupo liberacion chiquitita
Published: 2012/11/29
Channel: enrique montalvo
Mamma Mia! - Chiquitita
Mamma Mia! - Chiquitita
Published: 2008/11/04
Channel: Linuxhelper
Chiquitita - ABBA  - (Versión en español)
Chiquitita - ABBA - (Versión en español)
Published: 2013/11/17
Channel: M.v. Py
Chiquitita Amaia Montero
Chiquitita Amaia Montero
Published: 2011/09/03
Channel: Mangel Saga
Chiquitita
Chiquitita
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: ABBA - Topic
Abba - Chiquitita en español
Abba - Chiquitita en español
Published: 2008/08/01
Channel: eldoradotube
ABBA  "Chiquitita"
ABBA "Chiquitita"
Published: 2008/05/30
Channel: dholm13
chiquitita dime porque-guardianes del amor
chiquitita dime porque-guardianes del amor
Published: 2012/10/22
Channel: alex didier ortega morales
Menudo - Chiquitita (1979)
Menudo - Chiquitita (1979)
Published: 2012/02/06
Channel: MuchachaDeAyer
Andre Rieu - Chiquitita 2013
Andre Rieu - Chiquitita 2013
Published: 2013/09/29
Channel: fritz51208
CHIQUITITA
CHIQUITITA
Published: 2015/11/15
Channel: Alberto Miranda
Chiquitita - Abba in English
Chiquitita - Abba in English
Published: 2012/02/28
Channel: NiceSongsforever
ABBA - Chiquitita (1979) HD 0815007
ABBA - Chiquitita (1979) HD 0815007
Published: 2011/02/09
Channel: MyABBAtunesA0815007
Un impresionante adelanto del espectáculo musical
Un impresionante adelanto del espectáculo musical 'Chiquitita'
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: Community Unitel
Menudo Chiquitita (sonido digital)
Menudo Chiquitita (sonido digital)
Published: 2008/08/11
Channel: candeluchi
ABBA  -  Chiquitita in spanish
ABBA - Chiquitita in spanish
Published: 2014/01/31
Channel: ABBA RICO
38 ABBA   Chiquitita 1979 Live   Grigtvone Grig   Channel   YouTube
38 ABBA Chiquitita 1979 Live Grigtvone Grig Channel YouTube
Published: 2014/07/23
Channel: grigtvon
AMAIA MONTERO - CHIQUITITA
AMAIA MONTERO - CHIQUITITA
Published: 2011/11/30
Channel: pupiymel
Rafa Guillén (Ft. Shaka & Dres | Zaldi & Vega) - Chiquitita
Rafa Guillén (Ft. Shaka & Dres | Zaldi & Vega) - Chiquitita
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: Rafa Guillén
2.ABBA Chiquitita - Grigtvone - Channel -Youtube
2.ABBA Chiquitita - Grigtvone - Channel -Youtube
Published: 2013/05/16
Channel: Grigtvone Grig
Sinéad O
Sinéad O'Connor : Chiquitita (ABBA) 1998
Published: 2009/05/26
Channel: 2Shaymcn
Chiquitita ( duet version) Chino Romero & Marites Kern as popularized by ABBA
Chiquitita ( duet version) Chino Romero & Marites Kern as popularized by ABBA
Published: 2017/04/16
Channel: Vhen Bautista a.k.a. Chino Romero
ABBA-Chiquitita -1.979
ABBA-Chiquitita -1.979
Published: 2015/10/14
Channel: MOTOTAXI PIONEIRA
Juana Fe - Chiquitita
Juana Fe - Chiquitita
Published: 2010/06/24
Channel: clauxcullen
SBT Brasil   Entrevista com Vivi, a Chiquitita tem um sonho de ser modelo
SBT Brasil Entrevista com Vivi, a Chiquitita tem um sonho de ser modelo
Published: 2013/07/06
Channel: G B M Chiquititas
Las Fenix
Las Fenix ''Chiquitita
Published: 2013/03/17
Channel: INCERTIDUMBRE UNO
Stephen Gately sings "Chiquitita"
Stephen Gately sings "Chiquitita"
Published: 2014/08/29
Channel: adam28xx
The song Chiquitita by ABBA in a pan flute version
The song Chiquitita by ABBA in a pan flute version
Published: 2009/08/11
Channel: olikkilo
ABBA - Chiquitita (cover)
ABBA - Chiquitita (cover)
Published: 2015/12/07
Channel: Emily Hart
MIGUEL GALLARDO - MUCHACHITA
MIGUEL GALLARDO - MUCHACHITA
Published: 2011/04/06
Channel: magicaluna2
Chiquitita - Jorge Luis Del Hierro HD FM7
Chiquitita - Jorge Luis Del Hierro HD FM7
Published: 2012/09/07
Channel: Fernando Medina
First Aid Kit - Chiquitita (ABBA cover)
First Aid Kit - Chiquitita (ABBA cover)
Published: 2013/03/11
Channel: Baba Yaga
Nick & Simon - Chiquitita | Nick & Simon, the Dream
Nick & Simon - Chiquitita | Nick & Simon, the Dream
Published: 2016/11/30
Channel: AVROTROS
Chiquitita - Horoscopos de Durango y Liberacion(Letra)
Chiquitita - Horoscopos de Durango y Liberacion(Letra)
Published: 2012/10/14
Channel: casillas277
Leonardo Paniagua Chiquitita
Leonardo Paniagua Chiquitita
Published: 2009/11/07
Channel: Jose A Gonzalez Rivas
chiquitita BANDA BRAVA
chiquitita BANDA BRAVA
Published: 2008/11/28
Channel: Ruben Cardenas
ABBA - Chiquitita (En español)
ABBA - Chiquitita (En español)
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: Matías Jiménez
María Juliana cantó Chiquitita – LVK Col – Audiciones a ciegas - Cap 4 – T2
María Juliana cantó Chiquitita – LVK Col – Audiciones a ciegas - Cap 4 – T2
Published: 2015/10/08
Channel: La Voz Kids Colombia
los guardianes del amor chiquitita
los guardianes del amor chiquitita
Published: 2009/06/27
Channel: jose1986mendosa
Abraham Mateo - CHIQUITITA - Especial Gala Unicef 2010
Abraham Mateo - CHIQUITITA - Especial Gala Unicef 2010
Published: 2010/12/11
Channel: Abraham Mateo
ABBA : Chiquitita (Spanish) HQ
ABBA : Chiquitita (Spanish) HQ
Published: 2013/02/20
Channel: 2Shaymcn
LA CUMBIA DE CHIQUITITA SONIDO FANTASMA CAXUXI HGO SAN SALVADOR
LA CUMBIA DE CHIQUITITA SONIDO FANTASMA CAXUXI HGO SAN SALVADOR
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: RICHARD TV
Perla -  Pequenina [Chiquitita] [1979]
Perla - Pequenina [Chiquitita] [1979]
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: Aloisio Bruno
Martin Ricca Chiquitita 03
Martin Ricca Chiquitita 03
Published: 2010/11/26
Channel: Maria de Lourdes Medrano Vazquez
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"Chiquitita"
Chiquitita Lovelight.jpg
Single by ABBA
from the album Voulez-Vous
B-side "Lovelight"
Released 16 January 1979
Format 7-inch single
Recorded 13 December 1978 at Polar Music Studio
Genre Pop, europop
Length 5:26
Label Polar (Sweden)
Epic (UK)
Atlantic (US)
Songwriter(s) Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
Producer(s) Benny Andersson
Björn Ulvaeus
ABBA singles chronology
"Summer Night City"
(1978)
"Chiquitita"
(1979)
"Does Your Mother Know"
(1979)
"Summer Night City"
(1978)
"Chiquitita"
(1979)
"Does Your Mother Know"
(1979)
Audio sample

"Chiquitita" (a Spanish term of endearment for a woman meaning "little one") is a song recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA. It was released in January 1979 as the first single from the group's Voulez-Vous album. Agnetha Fältskog sang the lead vocals. Originally, the track "If It Wasn't for the Nights" was going to be the album's lead single, but after "Chiquitita" was completed those plans were abandoned, and it would remain an album track.

History[edit]

Many preliminary versions of "Chiquitita" exist. It had working titles of "Kålsupare", "3 Wise Guys", "Chiquitita Angelina" and "In The Arms of Rosalita".[1] A revised version, which had a sound that was influenced by the Peruvian song "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)" performed by Simon and Garfunkel, was recorded in December 1978 and released as a single in January 1979.[citation needed]

With the success of the English version, ABBA also recorded "Chiquitita" in Spanish by phonetics,[clarification needed] and it was one of the featured tracks on the Spanish-language release Gracias Por La Música.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

"Chiquitita" proved to be one of ABBA's biggest hits. It was featured in a 1979 UNICEF charity event, the Music for UNICEF Concert, broadcast worldwide from the United Nations General Assembly. As a direct result of this event, ABBA donated half of all royalties from the song to UNICEF. "Chiquitita" hit #1 in Belgium, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, South Africa and Rhodesia, and was a Top 5 hit in ABBA's native Sweden, the United Kingdom (peaking at #2 in both countries where Blondie's "Heart of Glass" was occupying the top spot),[2] Australia, Germany and Norway, making it the most successful single from the Voulez-Vous album in terms of global charts and one of the most famous charity songs ever. To this day, 50% of the proceeds from the song go to UNICEF in recognition of the "International Year of the Child" in 1979.

In the United Kingdom, "Chiquitita" debuted at #8 in the singles chart, making it the highest place début for any ABBA single release.

Music video[edit]

"Chiquitita" was one of the very few singles ABBA released without a custom-made video. Since then, on compilations of the group's videos, a contemporary TV performance of the song has been used. This clip was taped by the BBC for the show ABBA in Switzerland, broadcast across Europe at Easter 1979. ABBA is seen performing the song on a mountainside, with a snowman in the background. Throughout the clip, there was an obvious problem with the fan during filming, which affected Anni-Frid Lyngstad; her hair constantly flew in her face, and she was forced to keep moving it out of her eyes.[3]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1979) Position
Argentinian Singles Chart[4] 7
Australian Kent Music Report 4
Austrian Singles Chart 6
Belgian Singles Chart 1
British Singles Chart 2
Canadian Singles Chart 17
Costa Rica Singles Chart 1
Dutch Singles Chart 1
Finnish Singles Chart 1
French Singles Chart 13
German Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 1
Italian Singles Chart 48
Japanese Singles Chart 19
Mexican Singles Chart 1
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Norwegian Singles Chart 4
Rhodesian Singles Chart 1
South African Singles Chart 1
Spanish Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart [5] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 29
US Cashbox Top 100 Singles[6] 36

Live cover performances, appearances in other media, etc.[edit]

  • The song is performed in the Mamma Mia! musical and film by the characters of Tanya and Rosie. In the context of the musical, Donna has been surprised by the arrival of the three possible fathers of her daughter, and the song is used by her friends in order to comfort her and to find out why she is so upset; in the film they have to coax her out of hiding. It is one of three songs not to be featured on the official soundtrack.
  • Leona Lewis performed the song on the British TV show The X Factor.
  • "Chiquitita" was used as the opening song for the Japanese drama Strawberry on the Shortcake.
  • It was used in episode 2.04 of Queer as Folk at the end.
  • Charo performed the song at her 1988 concert in Reno at Bally's.
  • Stephen Gately recorded his version for the Abbamania: Tribute to ABBA album in 1999, and the ABBA - Forever album in 2004.
  • The famous Hungarian female singer Harangozó Teri sang the Hungarian Radio studio recording version in 1980.[7]
  • On 20 November 2014, Laleh Pourkarim performed the song live during a UNICEF event in New York City.[8]
  • Sinead O'Connor sang "Chiquitita" on the 1999 album "Across the Bridge of Hope". She also recorded a music video for the song.[9]
  • Chiquitita was later recreated as an instrumental song, played by pianist Raúl di Blasio in his 1991 album Alrededor Del Mundo.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABBA - In The Arms Of Rosalita Lyrics". Moodpoint.com. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  2. ^ Oldham, A, Calder, T & Irvin, C: "ABBA: The Name of the Game", page 90. Sidgwick & Jackson, 1995
  3. ^ "Abba – Chiquitita". YouTube. Retrieved 29 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Argentina". Home.zipworld.com.au. 2013-06-02. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  5. ^ http://www.officialcharts.com/search/singles/chiquitita/?Day=&Month=01&Year=1958
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Harangozó Teri - Chiquitita". YouTube. 2015-08-25. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  8. ^ "Ulvaeus och Laleh i FN" (in Swedish). Svenska dagbladet. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sinead O'Connor - Chiquitita (Official Video)". YouTube. 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Y.M.C.A." by Village People
Irish Singles Chart number-one single
10 February 1979 – 17 March 1979
Succeeded by
"Tragedy" by Bee Gees
Belgian Flemish VRT Top 30 number-one single
17 February 1979 – 17 March 1979
Succeeded by
"Fire" by The Pointer Sisters
Preceded by
"(You Gotta Walk and) Don't Look Back" by Peter Tosh
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
3 March 1979
Preceded by
"Y.M.C.A." by Village People
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles number-one single
15 March 1979 – 22 March 1979
Succeeded by
"Tragedy" by Bee Gees
Swiss Singles Chart number-one single
18 March 1979 – 25 March 1979
Succeeded by
"Heart of Glass" by Blondie

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