“Dancing Queen” by ABBA, The World's First Europop Disco Hit

By | September 23, 2021

“Dancing Queen” by ABBA hits the mark so perfectly that Queen Elizabeth once said, "I always try to dance when this song comes on because I am the Queen and I like to dance.” That desire to disco helped ABBA reach the number 1 spot in the following countries: Australia, South Africa, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the US, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and Rhodesia!

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The ladies of ABBA (youtube)

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.

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Dancing Queen was ABBA's only number one song on the Billboard Hot 100. Although, others came close. (discogs)

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."