I don't understand the stigma attached to liking ABBA
I don't either. I've been an ABBA fan since 1980 and I remember not telling anyone because back in the 80's it was a sin to like anything 70's.
Throughout the 90's until present ABBA has gotten a lot of recognition and respect from several music critics and artists which is great but certain people, especially in the male population, cannot get past ABBA's outdated images such as the feathered hair, skin tight polyester suits, the 10-story platforms. Let's not forget that several artists in the 70's looked even worse; David Bowie, Elton John, Gary Glitter but since ABBA broke up in 82, their image became frozen in time and that along with their music is what's mostly remembered.
Regardless, a group does not sell 300 million albums worldwide for being kitschy and lame. Like a music critics stated when questioning ABBA's popularity today, Gary Glitter may sell tickets to a concert but he can't sell 20 million albums (like ABBA GOLD has) 20 years later.
ABBA's music is extraordinary and I never get tired of listening to it and I must say that the sound created when combining Agnetha's soprano-pop and Frida's sultry mezzo was and is intoxicating. I think they were 2 of the finest vocalists ever in popular music.