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Dancing Queen Lyrics by ABBA

You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen

Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the place to go
Where they play the right music, getting in the swing
You come in 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
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen

You’re a teaser, you turn ’em on
Leave them 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
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life
See that girl, watch that scene, digging the Dancing Queen

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Some Interesting Facts About Dancing Queen Lyrics and Music

Dancing Queen” was released in August 1976, and is commonly regarded as one of the most successful singles of the 1970s as well as one of the greatest songs of all time.

“Dancing Queen” was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, and features the shared lead vocal performance of Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. It is considered by many to be ABBA’s signature song. “Dancing Queen” was recorded in 1975, and was released on the group’s album Arrival the following year. The song was re-released as a single in 1992 to promote the compilation Gold:   dancing queen lyrics abba

The recording sessions for “Dancing Queen” began on 4 August 1975. The demo was called “Boogaloo” and as the sessions progressed, Andersson and Ulvaeus found inspiration to the dance rhythm in George McCrae’s “Rock Your Baby”, as well as the drumming on Dr. John’s 1972 album Dr. John’s Gumbo. Fältskog and Lyngstad recorded the vocals on sessions in September 1975, and the track was completed three months later.

During the sessions, Benny Andersson brought a tape home with the backing track on it and played it to Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who apparently started crying when listening: “I found the song so beautiful. It’s one of those songs that goes straight to your heart.”

While working on the lyrics, half of the second verse was scrapped: “Baby, baby, you’re out of sight/hey, you’re looking all right tonight/when you come to the party/listen to the guys/they’ve got the look in their eyes…”. It survives in footage from a recording session.

 

After having been premiered on German and Japanese TV during the spring of 1976, “Dancing Queen” saw its first live and domestic performance, televised on Swedish TV on 18 June 1976, 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 to be married the next day. Benny Andersson has cited it as “one of those songs where you know during the sessions that it’s going to be a smash hit”. Agnetha Fältskog has stated in a TV program: “It’s often difficult to know what will be a hit. The exception was ‘Dancing Queen’. We all knew it was going to be massive”.

For their 1980 Spanish language album/compilation “Gracias Por La Música”, ABBA recorded a Spanish version of “Dancing Queen”, renamed “Reina Danzante”, with Spanish lyrics provided by Buddy and Mary McCluskey. The track was later retitled “La Reina Del Baile” when included on the later compilation album ABBA Oro: Grandes Éxitos in the 1990s.

In 1993, in honor of Swedish 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 wedding reception of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. Frida contacted The Real Group and together they did an a cappella version of the song on stage at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm, in front of the king and queen. The Swedish Prime Minister at the time, Ingvar Carlsson, was also in the audience that night and said it was an ingenious idea to perform “Dancing Queen” a cappella. This performance with Lyngstad and The Real Group was filmed by Swedish Television SVT and is included in Frida – The DVD.

For the 1994 Australian film Muriel’s Wedding songwriters Ulvaeus and Andersson allowed the use of “Dancing Queen” and other ABBA hits for its soundtrack. It was one of the ABBA songs included in Mamma Mia! the West End musical that was first produced in 1999 and which was later adapted into a movie in 2008.

The first International Standard Musical Work Code was assigned in 1995 to “Dancing Queen”; the code is T-000.000.001-0.

“Dancing Queen” became a massive worldwide hit, topping the charts in more than a dozen countries including ABBA’s native Sweden (where it spent 14 weeks at the top), Australia, Belgium, Brazil, West Germany, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway (where it charted for 32 weeks (VG-lista Top 10), making it the 11th best-performing single of all time in that country), South Africa and Rhodesia. “Dancing Queen” also topped the charts in the United States, ABBA’s only #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was a Top 5 hit in Austria, Canada, Finland, France and Switzerland. The song sold over three million copies.

In the UK Singles Chart, “Dancing Queen” was the last of three consecutive No. 1s for ABBA in 1976, following “Mamma Mia” and “Fernando” earlier in the year.

In 1992, the song was re-released in the UK, as Erasure sparked an ABBA revival after the success of their Abba-esque EP topping the UK charts. The re-issued “Dancing Queen” reached #16 in the UK in September 1992.

In 2000, “Dancing Queen” came fourth in a Channel 4 television poll of “The 100 Best Number Ones”. It was chosen as #148 as part of the 365 Songs of the Century list. It is also ranked #171 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, the only ABBA song on the list. That same year, it made VH1’s 100 Greatest Dance Songs in Rock & Roll at #97. Also in 2000, editors of The Rolling Stone with MTV compiled a list of the best 100 pop songs. “Dancing Queen” was the 12th highest placed song from the 1970s.

On 9 November 2002, the results of a poll, “Top 50 Favourite UK #1’s”, was broadcast on Radio 2, celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Official UK Charts Company. 188,357 listeners voted and “Dancing Queen” came out at #8. On 5 December 2010, Britain’s ITV broadcast the results of a poll to determine “The Nation’s Favourite ABBA Song”, in which “Dancing Queen” was placed at #2.

In 2009, the British performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited celebrated its 75th anniversary by listing the 75 songs that have played most in Great Britain on the radio, in clubs and on jukeboxes. “Dancing Queen” was number eight on the list.

Former U.S. presidential candidate John McCain named “Dancing Queen” as his favorite song in a top 10 list submitted to Blender Magazine in August 2008. Also in August 2008, “Dancing Queen” surpassed the 500,000 mark for digital sales in the United States (512,000).

In August 2012 listeners to the 1970s-themed UK radio station “Smooth 70s” voted “Dancing Queen” as their favourite hit from the decade.

Source: Wikipedia

 
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