The world’s first ever and most detailed ever diabetic ABBA song preference survey in the world, ever

By | 2 July, 2010
The best copyright-free ABBA-related picture I could find, unfortunately

The best copyright-free ABBA-related picture I could find, unfortunately

Since the discovery of insulin by Banting & Best in 1922 there have been millions of pounds spent on diabetes research each and every year since. Such research has been of huge benefit to the diabetic community, with meta studies advocating the advantages of multiple daily injections, balanced diets and so on which have helped mitigate the terrible consequences this affliction can impose on its many victims.

However all this is nought compared to your soaraway Shoot Up’s latest research. It’s well known that the link between everyone’s favourite Swedish pop band and pancreatic disorders is clear (so clear, I’m not going to insult you by detailing it here). So here at Shoot Up we conducted research into the ABBA preference of users by asking new users of the blog and forums what their favourite ABBA song was as part of the sign up process.

Needless to day our research into the favourite ABBA songs of diabetes is a world first, truly groundbreaking and can’t, I think, be rivalled for it’s coverage of this critical issue.

Anyway, the results are enlightening, with popular track Dancing Queen coming out on top by a huge margin. My personal favourite, Waterloo, came second and was followed up in third place with pop classic Winner Takes It All with 10.6% of the vote.

Runners up included Mama Mia, Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight) and Alan Partridge favourite Knowing Me, Knowing You (ah-hhhhaaaaaaa!). All worthy songs by anyone’s standards. There was a bunch of also rans which we won’t go into here – though shockingly the marvellous Super Trooper sadly languished down the bottom of the table with a mere 2.1% of the vote.

So there we have it the world’s first ever and most detailed ever diabetic ABBA song preference survey in the world, ever. Don’t say we aren’t good to you.

Those results in full:

Top songs:

Dancing Queen > 25.5% of the vote
Waterloo > 12.8%
Winner Takes It All > 10.6%

Bubbling under:

Fernando > 6.4%
Mamma Mia > 6.4%
Take a Chance on Me! > 6.4%
Gimme Gimme Gimme > 4.3%
Knowing Me Knowing You > 4.3%
Thank You for the Music > 4.3%

Also rans:

Bang-A-Boomerang > 2.1%
Does Your Mamma Know > 2.1%
I Had A Dream > 2.1%
Lay All Your Love On Me > 2.1%
My Love My Life > 2.1%
Our Last Summer > 2.1%
Super Trooper > 2.1%
The Day Before You Came > 2.1%
Voulez Vous > 2.1%

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About Tim

Diagnosed with Type One when he was 28, Tim founded Shoot Up in 2009. For the diabetes geeks, he wears a Medtronic 640G insulin pump filled with Humalog and uses Abbott's Libre flash glucose monitor.

4 thoughts on “The world’s first ever and most detailed ever diabetic ABBA song preference survey in the world, ever

  1. Alison

    Tim, thanks to your tireless efforts ShootUp will surely go down in history for it’s invaluable contribution to improving the lives of people with diabetes through priceless research such as this.

    As ever, all good research just opens up new questions. What would the results be if you asked a similar sample of people with working pancreases? Does ABBA song preference affect diabetes control?

    Oh, and it’s a travesty that Waterloo didn’t come first.

  2. Tim Post author

    Yeah – the Waterloo thing – what is our reader’s problem, eh? Waterloo is far, far superior to Dancing Queen

  3. Hairy Gnome

    A titanic piece of in-depth research that will push the barriers of diabetes care for the foreseeable future. The far reaching consequences of this exercise are only exceeded by the intellect of the researcher. An historic moment in the annals of human endeavour!

    Hmmmm… I guess I’m 2.1% of the voting population… 😀

  4. Lesley

    This warrants further research! If we could answer the cause/effect question, we could test babies and find out who is “at risk”. They could then be recruited to a suitable long-term research programme.

    I’m with the Waterloo crew, though Gimme Gimme Gimme comes a close second, and Winner Takes It All if I’m feeling sorry for myself…


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