1st April 1974: Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad, Agnetha Faltskog and Bjorn Ulvaeus of the Swedish pop group ABBA sitting on the bonnet of a sports car. (Photo by Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images)

They did have good hair. )Terry Disney/Express/Getty Images)

By Mark Memmott

We can argue about climate change, foreign policy, the economy and all the other far-more-important subjects anytime.

This is news that should really spark debate:

ABBA is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Yes, they've sold a gazillion albums. Yes, they inspired the musical Mamma Mia! Yes, they're loved (sometimes secretly, we suspect) by millions.

But ABBA? Before Rush? Before Jethro Tull? Before Linda Ronstadt? Before The Monkees (just kidding -- maybe)?

The Swedish superstars will be inducted next March along with Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, The Hollies and The Stooges.

Here's a chance to express your opinion:

Monkey See checks out pop culture here.

(This post inspired by NPR's Dave Pignanelli.)

Update at 11:45 a.m. ET. Just in case an ABBA tune isn't in your head already, this will put one there:

And here's a link to the alphabetical list of all the hall's inductees. As commenter Frank Raineri points out, KISS is also missing.

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10:55 - December 16, 2009