“Dancing Queen” by ABBA, The World's First Europop Disco Hit
By | September 23, 2021
Written by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson and their manager Stig Anderson, the trio drew inspiration from George McCrae’s disco banger "Rock Your Baby" and the drums from the album ‘Gumbo’ by Dr. John. The single sold over 3 million copies worldwide and pushed ABBA to new heights of fame.
A Hit From Jump
Very rarely do musicians know they have a hit on their hands. People’s music tastes are very subjective and a song’s success can come down to a myriad of factors. For instance, if “Dancing Queen” actually debuted under its original title “Boogaloo", it probably wouldn’t have persisted as the classic it is today. Despite the terrible working title, the group immediately understood that “Dancing Queen” would become something special.
Reportedly, when Benny first played the song’s backing track, Frida burst into tears! As she told the Guardian, "And that was before me and Agnetha had even sung on it!. "I knew it was absolutely the best song ABBA had ever done."