"Dancing Queen" is the biggest hit single recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA, and as such is considered by many to be their signature song. It was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, recorded in 1975 for the group's album Arrival, and released as a single the following year with "That's Me" as the B-side.
It reached the No.1 position on the popular music charts in approximately 13 countries.
"Dancing Queen" features the shared lead vocal performance by Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Its opening keyboard glissando and hummed vocals are one of the most identifiable sections in pop music history.
"Dancing Queen" appears to have a relatively straight-forward lyric/storyline; it's about a 17-year-old girl having a good time on a Friday night. Not fazed by the social pressures in her daily life as a teenager, all she wants to do is go out and look for a 'king' to dance with. Upon further listening the lyrics seem to suggest that all of us can become the Dancing Queen if we let ourselves go and enjoy life. This message is part of what gives the song its appeal to such a diverse audience.
According to United World Charts, "Dancing Queen" is the 33rd most successful song in music history