My Top Ten Different Songs With the Same Title: Waterloo (#4)
By Four Walls
October 31, 2016 10:24pm CST
Some song titles just won't be repeated. I feel confident you won't find two songs named "Jeremiah Peabody's Polyunsaturated Quick-Dissolving, Fast-Acting, Pleasant-Tasting Green and Purple Pills" out there...at least I HOPE not! But there are lots of songs out there with the same title. Here's the next one on my countdown. #4: Waterloo The one thing these two songs have in common, other than the title, is that they both do mention Napoleon. That's comforting, given that Napoleon's defeat was at the Battle of Waterloo. Actually, there's another thing they have in common: both were smash pop hits. Talk about different, though? In 1959 country singer Stonewall Jackson hit the top of the country charts and the top ten pop charts with the John D. Loudermilk/Marijohn Wilkin song referencing the fact that "everybody has to meet his Waterloo." Of course, Napoleon is the subject of the second verse, but it also references Adam and Eve (first verse) and Tom Dooley (last verse). It's one of the songs that people remember from Stonewall Jackson, even if they remember nothing else. Then in 1974 there was a Eurovision contest that featured a Swedish band named Abba. They sang a song called "Waterloo," no relation to the first (other than the title and the Napoleon reference), and won the Eurovision contest. The rest is history. Before Abba met their "Waterloo" they became one of the biggest international sensations in history. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. (Stonewall Jackson, for all of his success, is still waiting for the Country Music Hall of Fame to induct him.) As long as you gaze on "Waterloo" sunset you'll be in paradise, regardless of which song you go with. (Hopefully someone will catch that joke.) Waterloo Stonewall Jackson song: Written by John D. Loudermilk & Marijohn Wilkin From The Dynamic Stonewall Jackson, 1959 Abba song: Written by Benny Anderson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson From Waterloo, 1974 Winner: push? I'll give an ever-so-slight edge to Abba, simply because people who swear up and down that they don't like Abba still sing along with this song.
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