“Wonderful Life” is a song by the English singer Black from his 1986 album of the same name. Written by Black, the song was released twice as a single and was successful the second time, becoming a top ten hit in Switzerland, Germany, the UK, France, Austria, the Netherlands and Italy. The song has been described as a “seductive, bittersweet ballad”. The Daily Telegraph said, “Its oddly uplifting lyrics … combined with Black’s melancholy croon created, as one critic observed, ‘luxuriantly melodic pop that sounds something like a male version of Sade’.”
“Whenever You’re Near Me” was the second single from Ace of Base’s third American record, Cruel Summer. The original version of the song was called “Life Is a Flower” and was a huge hit in Europe and Japan. The lyrics were rewritten by song composer Mike Chapman, and the song was released to radio stations in North and South America on October 6, 1998.
“Wheel of Fortune” is a song by Swedish pop group Ace of Base, and also their debut single. It was first released in the Nordics in April 1992 through Danish Mega Records as the first single from the album Happy Nation. It was re-released worldwide in April 1993 after the success of “All That She Wants”.
1992 version – The original version’s music video was directed by Viking Nielson featuring all four original members.
2009 version – The 2009 re-recording was the first and only single released by the band as a trio. For this version, the label decided not to shoot a video for the song. However, a promo video was published on 21 October 2008 on the band’s official website. Similar to their 1998 single “Always Have Always Will”, the video completely consists of live footage from their Redefined tour and video footage from a photoshoot. The edit used in the video is a combination of the radio and album versions, lasting at 3:15 minutes.
“Waiting for Magic” is a song recorded by Swedish pop group Ace of Base from their debut album, Happy Nation. Released as the fourth single from the album, a remix of the song reached the top 10 in Sweden and Denmark. The original version of the song appears only on the standard European version of Happy Nation. The song is replaced with its remix on the U.S. Version of Happy Nation (which, despite its name, was released exclusively in Europe) and The Sign, a version of Happy Nation released in North America and Japan.
Snow White is used as an allegory in this song for waiting for “the prince” to come (“Kiss me baby, I am Snow White sleeping in my coffin waiting for you”).
“Unspeakable” is a single from Ace of Base’s 2002 album Da Capo.
The single peaked at number 45 in Sweden and 97 in Germany.
A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Daniel Borjesson. This was the last Ace of Base video to receive participation from Malin.
Scandinavia, December 2002 (LP Version)
Germany, 14 April 2003 (LP Version)
US, iTunes 2007 (download only)
“Travel to Romantis” was the third single from Flowers, an album by Swedish pop band Ace of Base. The song was released on 16 November 1998 in Germany and Scandinavia and followed the singles “Life Is a Flower” and “Cruel Summer”.
A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Andy Neumann. Linn Berggren appeared in the video, however only for a few seconds.
“The Sign” is a song by the Swedish band Ace of Base, which was released on 29 October 1993 in Europe. The song was an international hit, reaching number two in the United Kingdom and spending six non-consecutive weeks as number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It appeared on the band’s album Happy Nation (titled The Sign in North America).
The song was the No. 1 song of 1994 according to Billboard magazine’s year-end charts. The song was ranked at number 60 on The Billboard Hot 100 All-Time Top Songs for the first 50 years of the Hot 100 chart and received a nomination for Best Pop Vocal Performance By a Group or Duo at the 1995 Grammy Awards.
The song was heavily featured in the fifth season finale of American Dad!, “Great Space Roaster”. The song has also been covered in the TV series Full House, in which fictional band “Girl Talk”, led by character Stephanie Tanner, mess up the song during the performance. The song is also played in the South Park episode “Prehistoric Ice Man,” the 2012 comedy Pitch Perfect and in the pilot of Hindsight.
The Juvenile” is a song by Swedish pop band Ace of Base.
It was released as the second single from their album Da Capo in Germany released in December 2002. It was originally written in 1995, as the proposed theme song to the 1995 James Bond film GoldenEye, but Arista Records pulled the band out of the project. The song was then re-written as The Juvenile and still released as a single.
The chorus of the song is very similar to the original version, just with a different line “the juvenile” instead of “the goldeneye”
“Never Gonna Say I’m Sorry” is a song by Swedish band Ace of Base, released as a single in March 1996. It was the third single released from the band’s album The Bridge.
The song was written by band member Jonas Berggren, who was hoping to reproduce the flavour of his earlier hit “All That She Wants”. Jonas specifically mentions the similarities between the two songs in the liner notes of the booklet for The Bridge album: “We decided early on to do an “All That She Wants” arrangement and drums because it’s always fun to have something old on a new record.”
“Lucky Love” is a song recorded by Swedish group Ace of Base from their album The Bridge. It became their fifth worldwide single, and was the first single from The Bridge to be released in Europe; the acoustic version of the song was the second single in the United States and Canada. “Lucky Love” also became their first number-one in Sweden.
The first, released in Europe, directed by Rocky Schenck and featuring the original version of the song, focuses on a middle-aged woman reuniting with the boyfriend she had as a teenager. The band is seen around the actors in the video and also though footage shot by the band themselves using a handheld video camera. An alternate edit of this version featuring the acoustic version of the song was featured on the Greatest Hits, Classic Remixes and Music Videos DVD.
“Living in Danger” is a song recorded by Swedish group Ace of Base. It was released as the seventh and final single from their debut album, Happy Nation. The song reached number 18 on the UK Singles Chart, and it peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. in 1994. The song also topped the American dance chart in December of that year.
Ace of Base performed this song on the first ever MTV Europe Music Awards held in Germany in 1994. Ace of Base performed “Living in Danger” in the front of Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. They were also nominated for Best Cover with “Don’t Turn Around” this year.
“Life Is a Flower” is a song by Ace of Base, released as their first single from their 1998 album Flowers. The song was released in the US with different lyrics, titled “Whenever You’re Near Me”, and in a different key. The single sold 264,000 copies in the UK.
A music video was produced to promote the single.
“Happy Nation” is a song recorded by Swedish group Ace of Base.
It was first released in Scandinavia in 1992 and later released twice in the United Kingdom; in October 1993 when it peaked at number 42, and then again twelve months later it reached number 40.
“Happy Nation” was remade by Ace of Base for a remix kit in 2008.
“Hallo Hallo” was the third single from Ace of Base’s greatest hits record Singles of the 90s. The song was released in April 2000 in Germany, Spain, and Scandinavia.
The song appeared in the American Adam Sandler film You Don’t Mess with the Zohan.
The song was originally recorded with lead vocals by Jonas for Cruel Summer and Flowers. According to Jonas, “it wasn’t ready in time.” The song was re-recorded with Jenny and Linn on lead vocals for Singles of the 90s. The Hitvision Remix of Hallo Hallo was meant to be a single from Greatest Hits with yet again re-recorded vocals, this time with Jenny almost completely taking over lead vocal duties. A sample of the song appeared on the band’s American web page, retitled Hello Hello, yet the inclusion and single release was canceled when Arista head Clive Davis insisted that “Everytime It Rains” be remixed and released instead.
Originally written for Annie Lennox, “Everytime It Rains” was the fourth single released from Ace of Base’s re-release of Flowers in the UK. This song was written by Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg and Maria Vidal.
A radio edit of the ballad hit radios on April 5, 1999. It was also remixed for American audiences and promotionally released as a lead single for their Greatest Hits record in April 2000. The song was not released commercially in the United States.
“Don’t Turn Around” is a popular song written by Albert Hammond and Diane Warren. It was originally recorded by Tina Turner as the B-side to the single “Typical Male” in 1986. Warren is said to have been disappointed that Turner’s record company treated the song as a B-side and never included it on one of her albums. However it has since been included on the rarities disc of the 1994 compilation The Collected Recordings – Sixties to Nineties.
It has been covered by a number of artists, most notably Aswad in 1988 and Ace of Base in 1994.
“Cruel Summer” is a pop song written and originally performed by Bananarama that was a top ten hit in Britain (1983) and the U.S. (1984). Singer Sara Dallin said the song “played on the darker side (of summer songs): it looked at the oppressive heat, the misery of wanting to be with someone as the summer ticked by. We’ve all been there!”
“Cruel Summer” was not an immediate international success when it was released. Although it hit #8 on the UK Chart, its international popularity soared after its inclusion in the 1984 feature film The Karate Kid; this was a year after the song’s original release (the song was released in 1984 in the US). The group did not allow the song to be included on the film’s soundtrack album, but regardless it was their first top ten hit (#9) in the USA. When Bananarama were still struggling to make money in their early years, they even performed the song at a beauty contest in Hawaii.
The song has since been revived in various forms. It appeared in several television commercials, and was covered by other acts, such as Ace of Base, who scored an international hit with it (their version even reached gold in the US), and Blestenation on the Blue Crush soundtrack. In 2003, Swedish electronica female artist Sophie Rimheden sampled the beat and bassline from the song on the track “In Your Mind” of the album HiFi. In 2011, Athens, Ohio-based rock band Downplay covered the song on their album “Beyond the Machine.”
Since its success, the group have recorded another three versions of the song. “Cruel Summer ’89” was recorded with new member Jacquie O’Sullivan in 1989, and given a new jack swing make-over. It reached number nineteen in the UK singles chart in June. This version was not included on any Bananarama album until 2005’s Really Saying Something: The Platinum Collection.
Another version of the song was recorded and featured on their 2001 album Exotica. This version featured Latin instrumentation and additional lyrics, but it was not released as a single. In 2009 they released another updated version as a B-side to their single “Love Comes”.
The song was also featured as the theme tune to the first series of Trouble’s reality show of the same name, where a group of young adults were sent off to a holiday camp, only to be tortured and humiliated in an attempt to win a large sum of money.
“Cecilia” is a song from Ace of Base’s third record titled Flowers. It was released as a single in Italy and Spain in the spring of 1999. The song was written as a continuation of the song of the same name by Simon & Garfunkel. A standard disc single was never made commercially available, however, a 12″ vinyl record was released in Italy featuring previously unreleased remixes. The song was released promotionally in Spain alongside “Travel To Romantis”.
“C’est la Vie (Always 21)” was the first single from Ace of Base’s first greatest hits album, Singles of the 90s. It was produced by Jimmy James Ekgren, Sonny Peterson and Sigurd Rosnes of JPR Productions.
A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Patric Ullaeus.
The single peaked at number one in Spain and Chile.
“Beautiful Morning” was the lead single for Ace of Base’s 2002 record Da Capo. “Beautiful Morning” was released in September 2002 in Scandinavia On the charts the song was a minor hit. The song was written by the three Berggren siblings (Jonas, Jenny and Malin) in dedication to the passing of their father.
A music video was produced to promote the single. The video was directed by Daniel Borjesson.
“Beautiful Life” is a song by Swedish band Ace of Base, released in October 1995. In North America, it was the first single released from The Bridge; in Europe, it followed “Lucky Love”.
The song was written on January 1, 1994 by band member Jonas Berggren while he was in the Canary Islands. His earlier song “The Sign” had just hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list. Berggren incorporated gospel elements into the song, and the single proved quite successful worldwide, reaching #15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December, 1995 and on the UK Singles Chart. It also hit #1 on the U.S. Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
“All That She Wants” is the second single by Swedish group Ace of Base. The song was produced by Denniz Pop, Jonas Berggren, and Ulf Ekberg. In early 1993, the song reached the top of the charts in many countries, including Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The single was certified platinum in the United States, where it peaked at number two, behind Meat Loaf’s “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That)”. On 7 July 2014, the single was re-released with new remixes as a digital EP.
“All for You” is the sole single from the Ace of Base album The Golden Ratio. The single was serviced to radio stations in Germany in mid-August 2010 and was released as a physical single on September 10, 2010.
“All for You” entered and peaked the German charts at number 38.
The music video was directed by Patric Ullaeus, who had previously directed the music video for the band’s 1999 single, “C’est la Vie (Always 21)”. Featuring a simplistic black-and-white concept, the video shows the members getting ready for a concert and participating in a photoshoot. The video was released on August 27, 2010.