Slipknot's Corey Taylor Reveals His Favourite ABBA Song

The metal bandleader is a big fan of the Swedish pop visionaries, because who isn't?

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Oct 28, 2021

Corey Taylor knows there's no better way to start the day than letting yourself be transported by the magical musical stylings of ABBA — and he's gone so far as to narrow down his go-to track.

In a new interview with The New York Times, the Slipknot frontman was one of five self-professed ABBA lovers canvassed about why the Swedish group's music is still gold in honour of their recent return with Voyage — their first album in 40 years. The record is set to be released in full on November 6.

Taylor explained that he grew up in the '70s, when "there was such a weird amalgam of music all over the place," he said. "I had Elvis; I had Motown; I had weird disco."

"Through all of that, I remember hearing ABBA's music," the musician continued. "It seemed like it was always on, and it was clearly different from everything else: it had this full-spectrum lush production that felt and sounded big. It was only four people, but those songs sounded like there were a thousand people being recorded. The math didn't add up to me."

There's definitely something about the Swedish vanguards that defies the laws of mathematics, which makes their upcoming hybrid virtual performances with digital avatars of their younger selves seem pretty on-brand.

As for which ABBA song he'd claim as his favourite, Taylor went with a true classic:

"Take a Chance on Me" was always my jam — I love the juxtaposition. The beginning sets the whole tone for the song with this weird Gregorian monk-like chant going on, and all of a sudden the crazy European production kicks in. The modulation in those songs is beautiful; it hooks you in, the way it plays between the major and the minor. I just love the yearning feeling. When you put it on, I'm instantly in a good mood.

We too love to yearn — and it turns out ABBA's music is actually perfect for Halloween, so take a chance on Taylor's pick below.

Last month, Taylor called Machine Gun Kelly "a child" for starting drama over a failed collaboration, and also decreed Metallica's "Enter Sandman" as the "Stairway to Heaven" of his generation.

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