Abba - Dancing Queen - 1976

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Abba - Dancing Queen - 1976

Dancing Queen by Abba is not just a song, it's an anthem of the 1970s that has echoed through the decades. Released in 1976, this track became one of the most beloved and recognizable songs by the Swedish pop group Abba.

Background and Release

  1. The song was written by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson, the creative minds behind many of Abba's hits. Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus were the primary musicians in the band, while Stig Anderson often contributed to the lyrics.
  2. "Dancing Queen" was first performed by Abba on the eve of the Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's wedding to Silvia Sommerlath in June 1976. This event heightened the song's popularity in Sweden before its international release.
  3. The song is renowned for its distinctive opening sequence and dance-friendly beat, which helped it top the charts in numerous countries, including the USA, UK, Australia, and of course, Sweden.

Musical Style and Influence

  1. Abba's "Dancing Queen" is a prime example of the Euro disco genre, which combined elements of pop, disco, and European influences.
  2. The song's influence is vast, impacting not just the music industry but also popular culture, fashion, and the disco movement of the late '70s.
  3. Its enduring popularity is evident in its frequent use in films, television, and theater, particularly in productions that celebrate or parody the 1970s era.

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song

In which year was "Dancing Queen" by Abba released? (1976) (!1974) (!1978) (!1980)

Which event was "Dancing Queen" first performed at? (The wedding of Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf) (!The Eurovision Song Contest) (!The opening of ABBA: The Museum in Stockholm) (!The Grammy Awards)

What genre is "Dancing Queen" most associated with? (Euro disco) (!Rock) (!Classical) (!Jazz)

Who were the primary writers of "Dancing Queen"? (Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus, and Stig Anderson) (!Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad) (!Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel) (!John Lennon and Paul McCartney)

In which countries did "Dancing Queen" reach number one on the charts? (USA, UK, Australia, Sweden) (!Germany, France, Canada, Japan) (!Spain, Italy, Brazil, India) (!China, Russia, South Africa, Mexico)

Quiz: Questions on the Performer

Which country is Abba originally from? (Sweden) (!Norway) (!Denmark) (!Finland)

How many members were in Abba? (4) (!5) (!3) (!6)

What year did Abba win the Eurovision Song Contest, which led to their international breakthrough? (1974) (!1976) (!1972) (!1978)

Which of the following songs is NOT an Abba song? (!Waterloo) (!Mamma Mia) (!Fernando) (Smells Like Teen Spirit)

Which two female vocalists were part of Abba? (Agnetha Fältskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad) (!Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie) (!Debbie Harry and Patti Smith) (!Joan Jett and Lita Ford)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics

What is the opening line of "Dancing Queen"? ("You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life") (!"Dancing queen, feel the beat from the tambourine") (!"See that girl, watch that scene, digging the dancing queen") (!"Where they play the right music, getting in the swing")

Which line follows "See that girl, watch that scene" in "Dancing Queen"? ("Digging the Dancing Queen") (!"Feel the beat from the tambourine") (!"You are the dancing queen, young and sweet") (!"Having the time of your life")

What does the singer say you can do in "Dancing Queen"? ("Dance and jive") (!"Sing and shout") (!"Run and hide") (!"Jump and clap")

In "Dancing Queen," what age is the "queen" referred to in the lyrics? (Seventeen) (!Nineteen) (!Twenty-one) (!Eighteen)

What is the singer having in "Dancing Queen"? ("The time of their life") (!"A moment of sadness") (!"A quiet evening") (!"A challenging day")


Abba's Country of Origin Sweden
Year of Eurovision Win 1974
Dancing Queen's Genre Euro disco
Number of Abba Members 4
Dancing Queen's Release Year 1976

Open Tasks


  1. Create a 1970s Inspired Dance Routine: Choreograph a dance routine inspired by the era of "Dancing Queen" and share a video of your performance.
  2. Abba Fashion Design: Design an outfit inspired by Abba's iconic 70s style.
  3. Explore Disco Music: Create a playlist of disco songs from the 1970s, including "Dancing Queen".


  1. Musical Analysis of Dancing Queen: Analyze the musical elements of "Dancing Queen", such as melody, rhythm, and harmony.
  2. Write a Review: Write a review of "Dancing Queen", discussing its impact on pop culture and music.
  3. Interview Project: Interview people who lived during the 1970s about their memories of "Dancing Queen" and the disco era.


  1. Create a Short Film: Make a short film that captures the essence of the 1970s, using "Dancing Queen" as a soundtrack.
  2. Research Paper on Disco Era: Write a research paper on the influence of the disco era on music and culture, with a focus on "Dancing Queen".
  3. Musical Performance: Organize a musical performance or a lip-sync battle featuring songs by Abba.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Impact of Abba: Talk about how Abba influenced the music industry and pop culture in the 70s and beyond.
  2. Comparative Music Analysis: Compare "Dancing Queen" to another popular song from the 70s, focusing on themes and musical styles.
  3. Personal Connection to the Song: Describe your personal connection or feelings towards "Dancing Queen" and how it relates to the disco era.
  4. Evolution of Music Genres: Discuss how the music genre of disco evolved over time and its modern manifestations.
  5. Abba's Legacy: Analyze Abba's legacy in the music industry and how it continues to influence artists today.

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