ABBA ‎– The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)

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A 1977 song by ABBA, and the first single from the group's fifth studio album, "ABBA: The Album". It became a UK number one, topping the UK Singles Chart for four weeks in November 1977. It was the second of three consecutive UK No. 1 singles after "Knowing Me, Knowing You", and before "Take a Chance on Me". The song was a Top 5 hit in ABBA's native Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and Rhodesia, while peaking inside the Top 10 in Australia, Germany, Switzerland and Mexico. On the US Billboard Hot 100, "The Name of the Game" almost reached the Top 10, peaking at No. 12 on 11–18 March 1978.
An edited version of "The Name of the Game", which omitted the entire second verse of the song, reducing the length of the track from its original 4:51 to 3:58, was released on a promotional single in the US.
The B-Side is a live version of "I Wonder (Departure)" which was one of several songs written for the mini-musical "The Girl With The Golden Hair", written by Ulvaeus and Andersson and originally performed by ABBA on their 1977 world tour. The recording used on "The Name of the Game" single was recorded at Sydney Showground, Sydney, Australia on 3 or 4 March 1977. A studio recorded version of the song was included on ABBA: The Album.

Versions (53)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
POS 1234 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single, Sol) Polar POS 1234 Sweden 1977 Sell This Version
PAN 7599 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7") Pan-Vox (2) PAN 7599 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
103006 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) RCA Victor 103006 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
2001 742 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Polydor 2001 742 Austria 1977 Sell This Version
BE 211 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Balet BE 211 Turkey 1977 Sell This Version
101 8083 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) RCA Victor 101 8083 Brazil 1977 Sell This Version
2001 742 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Polydor 2001 742 Hong Kong 1977 Sell This Version
2001 742 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Polydor 2001 742 India 1977 Sell This Version
2001 742 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Polydor 2001 742 Switzerland 1977 Sell This Version
2001 742 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Polydor 2001 742 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
103006 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) RCA Victor 103006 Australia & New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
2001742, 2 001 742 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Polydor, Polydor 2001742, 2 001 742 Portugal 1977 Sell This Version
45. X. 140.314, 45. X. 140314 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) Melba, Melba 45. X. 140.314, 45. X. 140314 France 1977 Sell This Version
POS 1234 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single, Lar) Polar POS 1234 Norway 1977 Sell This Version
POS 1234 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single, Lar) Polar POS 1234 Sweden 1977 Sell This Version
POS 1234 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single, Lar) Polar POS 1234 Norway 1977 Sell This Version
POS 1234 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single, Pus) Polar POS 1234 Denmark 1977 Sell This Version
103006 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single, tan) RCA Victor 103006 Australia 1977 Sell This Version
SPSK 70297 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7") Pepita SPSK 70297 Hungary 1977 Sell This Version
JB 31 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Jukebox) Dig-It International Records JB 31 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
MO 1746 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Carnaby MO 1746 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
S 54 014 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) PGP RTB, Polar S 54 014 Yugoslavia 1977 Sell This Version
DG 1166 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Dig-It International Records DG 1166 Italy 1977 Sell This Version
AT 3449 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Atlantic AT 3449 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 5750 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Epic S EPC 5750 UK 1977 Sell This Version
GBS 125 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Sunshine (2) GBS 125 South Africa 1977 Sell This Version
2001 742 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Polydor 2001 742 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
D 114 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Dynamic Sounds D 114 Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
S 54 014 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) PGP RTB, Polar S 54 014 Yugoslavia 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 5750 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Epic S EPC 5750 UK 1977 Sell This Version
45. X. 140.314, 45. X. 140314 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Melba, Melba 45. X. 140.314, 45. X. 140314 France 1977 Sell This Version
GBS. 125 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Sunshine (2) GBS. 125 Rhodesia 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 5750 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, Juk) Epic S EPC 5750 UK 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 5750 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, Juk) Epic S EPC 5750 UK 1977 Sell This Version
3449 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, MO) Atlantic 3449 US 1977 Sell This Version
MO 1746 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, Promo) Carnaby MO 1746 Spain 1977 Sell This Version
3449 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, Promo) Atlantic 3449 US 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 5750 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, Promo) Epic S EPC 5750 UK 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 5750 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, Promo) Epic S EPC 5750 UK 1977 Sell This Version
3449 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, RI) Atlantic 3449 US 1977 Sell This Version
3449 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, RI) Atlantic 3449 US 1977 Sell This Version
S 54 014 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, RP) PGP RTB, Polar S 54 014 Yugoslavia 1977 Sell This Version
3449 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, SP) Atlantic 3449 US 1977 Sell This Version
S EPC 5750 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, USA) Epic S EPC 5750 UK 1977 Sell This Version
DSP-116 ABBA きらめきの序曲 = The Name Of The Game(7", Promo) Discomate DSP-116 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
DSP-116 ABBA きらめきの序曲 = The Name Of The Game(7", Single) Discomate DSP-116 Japan 1977 Sell This Version
POS 1234 ABBA The Name Of The Game (El Nombre Del Juego)(7", Single) RCA Victor POS 1234 Peru 1978 Sell This Version
SP-4910 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7") RCA Victor SP-4910 Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
ECK-200625 ABBA The Name Of The Game / Knowing Me, Knowing You(7", Single) RCA ECK-200625 Ecuador 1978 Sell This Version
SP-4910 ABBA The Name Of The Game = ¿Cual Es El Nombre Del Juego?(7", Single, Promo) RCA Victor SP-4910 Mexico 1978 Sell This Version
DSP-155 ABBA The Name Of The Game(7", Single, RE) Discomate DSP-155 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
00602557625172 ABBA The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single, Ltd, Pic, RE) Polar 00602557625172 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
XAPBO-735 ABBA The Name Of The Game (El Nombre Del Juego) / I Wonder (Departure)(7", Single) RCA XAPBO-735 Panama Unknown Sell This Version

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February 16, 2018
referencing The Name Of The Game / I Wonder (Departure), 7", Single, Sol, POS 1234
The Name Of The Game is the somewhat lesser known song of ABBA but yet shows what great songs they could write.