This 1977 ABBA single is a good example of the surprising complexity that hides behind the pop hooks in the group's hits. The lyrics are simple romantic fodder but the melody makes the song something special. Musically speaking, "Take a Chance on Me" essentially consists of three parts: mellow verses with an almost lullaby-like quality, dramatic solo vocal bridges that suddenly raise the emotional level of the song, and a joyful chorus that maintains the emotional high of the bridge while also working in an infectious singalong element. Taken on their own, these parts would seem incongruous yet songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson manage to weave these parts into a seamless whole by arranging them in a fashion that gives the song an effective sense of ebb and flow. This impression is further enhanced by ABBA's recording, which wraps the tune in burbling synthesizers and glossy vocals as well as a stuttering vocal-harmony hook that is guaranteed to instantly lodge itself in the listener's memory. It also adds a gentle dance rhythm that helped the song become another worldwide smash hit for ABBA during the height of the disco era, including a Top Five chart placing in the U.S. The end result is a song whose mastery of tension and release makes it an instantly memorable item. It also inspired a techno-oriented cover by Erasure on their all-ABBA cover EP Abba-esque that spiced up the song with an unlikely but effective ragga section. It was a highlight of that EP, proving that "Take a Chance on Me" is another one of the durable jewels in Ulvaeus and Andersson's pop songwriting crown.