Dancing Queen Introduction
“Dancing Queen” was one of the most popular songs of the 1970s, and ABBA was one of the most popular groups of the decade. Despite this, they were also among the most frequently ridiculed, targeted for abuse by music fans contemptuous of their simple songs, flagrant commercialism, and glitzy Vegas-style concerts.
Thirty-five years later ABBA is still the butt of a lot of jokes, but “Dancing Queen” is among the most frequently played jukebox tunes in the world, ABBA is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Mamma Mia!, the hit musical and subsequent film based on their catalogue, has been nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, Golden Globe, and BAFTA awards, so who’s laughing now?
About the Song
|Artist||ABBA||Musician(s)||Anni-Frid Lyngstad (vocals), Agnetha Fältskog (vocals), Björn Ulvaeus (guitar, background vocals), Benny Andersson (keyboard, background vocals), Rutger Gunnarsson (bass), Roger Palm (drums), Malando Gassama (percussion)|
|Label||Polar in Sweden, Atlantic in the US|
|Writer(s)||Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson|
|Producer(s)||Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson|
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On the Charts"Dancing Queen" reached #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1977. It also reached the top spot in Sweden, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, West Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and Zimbabwe.
The song is #171 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.