Peak UK Chart Position: #20 in November 1995.
Holders of a Guinness World Record in 1995 for the biggest selling debut album, with “Happy Nation” selling over 19 million copies worldwide, are Sweden’s third most popular musical export. That figure has since risen to over 23 million.
Ulf Ekberg, and siblings Jonas Berggren, Malin “Linn” Berggren and Jenny Berggren comprised the group, and in 1990 chose the name Ace Of Base after Ulf was inspired by the Motörhead song “Ace Of Spades”. It was 1992 track “All That She Wants” that catapulted them to international success, topping the charts in Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and here in the UK where it held pole position for three weeks in May 1993 – and was the third best seller of the year.
“Lucky Love” charted at number 20 on this day in 1995 in the UK, spending a fortnight there, but in Sweden finally became their first (and only) number one single. Linn takes lead vocals on this track; it would be a few years down the line that she would choose to relinquish this role on all tracks, handing vocal duties in full to sister Jenny. Enjoy this performance from Top of the Pops on November 9th 1995, hosted by Lee Evans, perhaps safe in the knowledge that had I chosen to feature the number one track that week, it would have been Robson & Jerome‘s “I Believe” instead…