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Abba - The Visitors (1981)

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"The Visitors" (originally "Den första", meaning "The First"), also known as "The Visitors (Crackin' Up)", is a 1981 ...

"The Visitors" (originally "Den första", meaning "The First"), also known as "The Visitors (Crackin' Up)", is a 1981 song by the Swedish pop group ABBA. It is the title track from the band's studio album of the same name, and was released as the second single in the United States in April 1982. The lead vocal was performed by Anni-Frid Lyngstad.

Reception

"The Visitors" was released as the album's second (and final) single in the US instead of "Head over Heels," which remained as the B-side.

The single peaked just outside the Top 60 at No. 63 on the singles chart in the U.S., and a double A-sided "The Visitors/When All Is Said and Done" 12" single reached No. 8 on the Billboard dance chart. The song was also remixed by Greg Silva subscription DJ remix service, Hot Tracks, into a much longer version that brought additional club play. This was the single most-requested remix by Hot Tracks, and was featured in Volume One of "The Best of Hot Tracks." AllMusic reviewer Bruce Eder retrospectively described the song as "a topical song about Soviet dissidents that also manages to be very catchy." Even though the song did not have any success in some countries, "The Visitors" was No. 1 in Costa Rica.