“Dancing Queen” is one of Swedish group ABBA’s most loved song and was released in 1976 on their fourth studio album “Arrival”. The track was written and produced by members Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus, with production credits also featuring ABBA’s manager Stig Anderson.
“Dancing Queen” was inspired by artist George McCrae’s 1974 disco track “Rock Your Baby” and was originally titled “Boogaloo”. It was reported that when Andersson played the backing track of the song for the first time for bandmate Frida Lyngstad, she began to cry. Lyngstad had stated: “that was before me and Agnetha had even sung on it! I knew it was absolutely the best song ABBA had ever done”. Lead vocalist Agnetha Faltskog also stated: “It’s often difficult to know what will be a hit. The exception was “Dancing Queen.” We all knew it was going to be massive.” The track details a young girl dancing and enjoying her young and carefree life.
The video was released in 1976 and was directed by a frequent ABBA collaborator Lasse Hallström. The video was uploaded to ABBA’s YouTube channel in October 2009. The video features band playing the track on stage to a group of young people dancing. As of mid-August 2020, the video has 436.3 million views and 1.7 million likes. at was before me and Agnetha had even sung on it! I knew it was absolutely thbest song ABBA had ever d
Release Date: 15th August 1976
Songwriter/s: Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus & Stig Anderson
Producer/s: Benny Andersson & Björn Ulvaeus
Label/s: Polar, Epic & Atlantic Records
Music Video Release Date: 1976
Music Video Director: Lasse Hallström
Chart Rankings, Certifications & Accolades: In its year of release, “Dancing Queen” hit the #1 chart position in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, the UK and the US. “Dancing Queen” was also ABBA’s only number 1 hit in the US charts. The song is certified Gold in Denmark, Italy and the US – and Platinum in the UK. “Dancing Queen” has been ranked as a track favourite for many. Below are some of the following accolades the track has been listed in:
– In 2000, the track came 4th in a Channel 4 television poll of the “100 Greatest Number One Singles”
– Chosen as #148 on the RIAA list of “Songs of the Century”
– Ranked #174 on the Rolling Stones’ 2004 list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”
– VH1 also ranked the song at #97 on its “100 Greatest Dance Songs in Rock & Roll”
The lyrics to “Dancing Queen” can be accessed here: LINK