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Dancing Queen: The Story of the Song

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Dancing Queen was a song written by the world-famous Swedish band ABBA, made up of Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. 

This song only got the title Dancing Queen right at the end of its creation. It was originally intended to be called “Boogaloo”. After the music was written by the band’s musicians, it was the band manager, Stig Anderson, that came upon the name “Dancing Queen” whilst writing the lyrics. 

Dancing Queen was completed and ready to be launched to the public at the same time as another song, Fernando. The band decided to release Fernando as the main hit and Dancing Queen waited for another five months before being released as a single. During those five months, the song popped up in live shows and television programmes around the world. It was officially released to Sweden, the home nation of this brand, at the pre-wedding gala of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Silvia Sommerlath, who had asked ABBA to perform for their wedding. It was Dancing Queen that they chose to perform. 

Despite ABBA being an extremely popular band all over the world, they only ever managed to reach one number one in the US and it was this song in 1977, Dancing Queen, that got them that spot. 

The lyrics of the song talk about a young girl enjoying a night out at a disco trying to find a guy. Unlike many other ABBA songs, there is little storyline or meaning behind the lyrics. It’s simply an account of a night out, which matches the brilliant but simple music and rhythm that pair with the lyrics.

This song is known around the world and in the middle of 2020 was voted greatest dance floor-filler of all time in the UK.