Although ABBA's Voulez Vous album devoted much of its time to up-tempo tunes with a disco-friendly beat, it also contained a few lovely ballads. One of the best is "Chiquitita," a lovely Latin-tinged song that balances ballad stateliness and pop hooks in a way that only Abba songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson could pull off . A look at the lyrics, a sentimental statement of devotion to a troubled friend, might lead one to expect a languid dirge, but the songwriters deliver something much more interesting. The classical music-styled melody of "Chiquitita" is as lush and lovely as one might expect, but its complex twists and turns give it a compelling and dramatic sense of urgency. The tension that this melody builds is balanced with an exuberant and surprisingly bouncy chorus that gives the song a burst of light to balance out the minor-key darkness of the verses. Ulvaeus and Andersson also throw in a false ending that seems to fade the song out on a soft note only to give way to a rollicking instrumental outro. The song's Latin affectations (it was also recorded in a Spanish-language version) have made it a popular cover choice for Hispanic pop performers like Menudo, but Abba's version remains the final word on this song; its blend of Spanish guitar, pub piano, and cascading, multi-textured harmonies lend a surprising amount of ear candy for a ballad. This singular blend of catchiness and pathos has made "Chiquitita" an enduring sentimental favorite for many an Abba fan.