When Mamma Mia! was released in 2008, it was notable for the hilarious way in which it attempted to splice together totally disparate ABBA songs to create a coherent narrative. (Not to mention Pierce Brosnan's equally hilarious attempts to hold a tune – we're still reeling from his rendition of SOS.)
But once you got your head around what on earth was going on, the original film's infectious energy and cavalcade of shiny pop classics was surely enough to convince all but the most committed ABBA-deniers. Which is why we're eagerly anticipating finding out which tunes will make it on to the soundtrack of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, due to be released on 20th July.
So far, the only three songs by the Swedish songstrels that we know for certain will be featured in the jukebox musical are 'Angel Eyes', 'I Wonder' and 'When I Kissed the Teacher'. Here's what else we'd love to see Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Amanda Seyfried and – oh, go on then – Pierce Brosnan tackle in the follow-up…
1. 'Andante, Andante'
This is unusual for a pop song in that it makes use of the 6/8 time signature, as opposed to the standard 4/4, giving it a waltz-like swing. It's about taking things slowly ('andante' literally means 'in a moderately slow tempo'), so would work perfectly in a scene in which one of the characters is being encouraged not to rush into anything.
2. 'The Day Before You Came'
This is the last song that ABBA ever recorded and – among a catalogue laden with melancholy – is one of their saddest. The lyrics detail the life of someone who is left feeling despondent by their routine existence, from taking the same train to work every morning to eating their dinner in front of the TV each evening ("There's not, I think, a single episode of Dallas that I didn't see").
The chorus, which addresses an unnamed person whose sudden appearance changes everything, would lend itself well to the flashback sequences involving the younger version of Meryl Streep's character, Donna (played by Darkest Hour's Lily James).
3. 'Ring, Ring'
With its refrain of, "Ring, ring, why don't you give me a call?", this could easily be crowbarred into any scene featuring someone waiting for a phone call. And with its catchy melody and simple tune, even Pierce could give this one a go. The song was first released in 1973 and was written in Swedish – its original title was the frankly unimprovable 'Ring, Ring (Bara Du Slog En Signal)'.
4. 'Summer Night City'
This is something of a musical departure for Benny, Agnetha and co. With its driving, repetitive rhythm, it takes its cue from electronic groups such as Kraftwerk. Lyrically, of course, its inclusion in Here We Go Again would very much rest on some of the action taking place in a major urban area. Which, we have to admit, does seem like something of a long shot, given that the first film took place on a tiny Greek island.
5. 'Knowing Me, Knowing You'
Thanks to Alan Partridge, it's nigh-on impossible now to hear the chorus to this without wanting to add "a-ha!" to the end of it. Which does somewhat detract from the poignancy of the lyrics, which address a couple breaking up. This was featured in the original theatre production of Mamma Mia! but didn't make it into the first film, so could well be a likely contender for Here We Go Again. Just leave your Partridge impressions in the foyer.