♫ Dancing Queen ♫

Well, it seems I’m doing another redux tonight … it wasn’t planned, but as I trolled the archives for a new song to play, this one just kept popping up all over the place!  And then … there were gunshots here in da hood at 2:00 a.m., and there went any hope for spending more time finding a song to play!  Nonetheless, this one fits the bill, for it is upbeat and much loved by my readers as evidenced by the comments when I last played it back in 2018. 

As for the gunshots … the police arrived post haste, but I don’t have any updates. I in all my great wisdom stepped outside my front door and yelled at the top of my lungs, “What the f*ck do you idiots think you’re doing???”  Obviously, age is not necessarily accompanied by wisdom.


I was in the mood for something upbeat tonight, so I hope you are too.

Dancing Queen is a Europop song by the Swedish group ABBA (wait … they’re Swedish?  I never knew that!  Is that why they write one of the ‘B’s backward?) and was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson.  Released in 1976, it became a #1 hit in a number of countries, including both the UK and the U.S.  The genre is considered to be ‘Europop’, a version of American disco, and lyrically is about a visit to the discotheque, but approaches the subject from the joy of dancing itself.

The song has some claim to fame as it was televised on Swedish TV during an all-star gala staged by Kjerstin Dellert at the Royal Swedish Opera in honour of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his bride-to-be, Silvia Sommerlath, who were married the next day.  Then in 1993, in honour of Queen Silvia’s 50th birthday, Anni-Frid Lyngstad was asked to perform “Dancing Queen” on stage, repeating ABBA’s 1976 performance of the song at the pre-wedding gala.

Dancing Queen
ABBA

Ooh
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
Ooh, see that girl
Watch that scene
Dig in 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
Dig in the dancing queen

You’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
Dig in the dancing queen
Dig in the dancing queen

Songwriters: Benny Goran Bror Andersson / Bjoern K. Ulvaeus / Stig Anderson
Dancing Queen lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

28 thoughts on “♫ Dancing Queen ♫

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  2. Jill, my wife loves the two Mamma Mia movies. This song, of course, is highlighted. ABBA is a great group. And, as a crossword puzzler, ABBA appears as a frequent answer, so their name will endure just as Omoo, Uma, Uta, Erma, Ono, etc. will in crossword lore. Keith

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    • I haven’t seen either of those movies … guess I should try to watch one, eh? I do love this song! I used to do crossword puzzles, but I probably haven’t done one for the past 10 years!

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  3. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Ohh, my fave ever forever!! So many memories!! … “Released in 1976, it became a #1 hit in a number of countries, including both the UK and the U.S. The genre is considered to be ‘Europop’, a version of American disco, and lyrically is about a visit to the discotheque, but approaches the subject from the joy of dancing itself.”

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