By the final ABBA albums, the growing ambitions of their songwriters Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson led them to shift from the sunshine-y Europop of their early efforts to a more adult contemporary sound. As a result, both Super Trouper and The Visitors leaned toward ballads with a serious lyrical edge. The ultimate example of this trend is "The Winner Takes It All," a somber but compelling song that became one of ABBA's biggest worldwide successes. Partially inspired by the real-life divorce of members Ulvaeus and Agnetha Faltskog, "The Winner Takes It All" presents a first-person account of the inevitable, painful feelings of loss that follow the end of a romance. The lyrics that weave the tale have a no-nonsense tone of dark emotion, a feel that is further enhanced by an almost gothic melody that constantly descends from high notes to low notes to enhance the finality of the words. ABBA's recording pushes it into the realm of the truly unforgettable thanks to a heartrending lead vocal from Faltskog and a sophisticated arrangement that builds from soft piano lines and background vocals to a grand operatic coda subtly driven by mid-tempo but insistent drum work. This stylish production makes "The Winner Takes It All" one of the most stunning items in ABBA's catalog but the song itself is strong enough that any adult contemporary could have had (or could still have) a big hit with it.