Dancing Queen (1976) – ABBA

It is said after ABBA left the music scene, it would be impossible to find two female voices which replicated their superior harmony. Until now that statement holds true, despite the musicals and movies this group has produced, that harmony which the two ladies formed is irreplaceable. ABBA remains a bit of an enigma because their talent as music artists and songwriters of producing pure ‘Hits’ is immense although the Bee Gees are nothing to laugh at.

I remember seeing an ABBA documentary where Benny and Bjorn described just sitting in a cabin like you might imagine a best selling-author and just writing songs and it was no easy going. You have to admire their dedication to the process. Other songs will appear here from ABBA, but Dancing Queen is easily their most commercial successful. It topped the charts in almost every country.

It featured prominently in the much underrated Australian movie, ‘Muriel’s Wedding‘ which the songwriters allowed for its use. Essentially the song Dancing Queen made ABBA an international act. It is often cited as one of the greatest pop songs ever released. I couldn’t agree more with the Guardian’s take on it, ‘the perfect backdrop for a song that encapsulates the carefree bliss of youth‘. This song is in my top 10 pop songs ever.

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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