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ABBA's Dancing Queen

Europop Disco

The song was written by group members Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson. It was always thought to be a dancing song and originally had the working title of “Boogaloo.” Stig Anderson, their manager named it “Dancing Queen,” and it certainly went on to become a Europop disco smash.  It was released as a single in 1976, backed with “That’s Me.” It was also released on Abba’s 1976 album Arrival. In 1976-77, “Dancing Queen” rose to #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and U.S. Cashbox Top 100 Singles as well as #1 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Rhodesia, South Africa, the USSR,  Sweden, and the U.K.  It was within the top 20 in Austria, Finland, France, Italy, Japan, and Spain. The song has received RIAA gold certification in the U.S. and BPI platinum certification in the U.K. The world felt the joy in the music.

So far as royalty goes, besides dancing queens looking for kings, Abba performed the song on June 18, 1976, during a televised tribute to Queen Silvia and King Gustaf XVI of Sweden, who were to be married the following day. Queen Elizabeth II of the U.K. and other Commonwealth realms, says, “I always try to dance when this song comes on because I am the Queen and I like to dance.”

Abba formed in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972. The groups moniker is from the first letter of the members’ names: Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. They have been one of the most successful acts in the history of pop music.  They had fourteen U.S. Top 40 hits, and “Dancing Queen” was their only one to make it all the way to #1. Abba disbanded in 1982.

Here are the lyrics to “Dancing Queen” by Abba:

Ooh
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl
Watch that scene
Diggin’ the dancing queen
Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for a place to go
Where they play the right music
Getting in the swing
You come to look for a king
Anybody could be that guy
Night is young and the music’s high
With a bit of rock music
Everything is fine
You’re in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance
You are the dancing queen
Young and sweet
Only seventeen
Dancing queen
Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl
Watch that scene
Diggin’ the dancing queenYou’re a teaser, you turn ’em on
Leave ’em burning and then you’re gone
Looking out for another
Anyone will do
You’re in the mood for a dance
And when you get the chance
You are the dancing queen
Young and sweet
Only seventeen
Dancing queen
Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl
Watch that scene
Diggin’ the dancing queen
Diggin’ the dancing queen

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