1976: Dancing Queen by Abba

Composed by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus (Abba band members) and Stig Anderson, Abba band manager and co-writer of many Abba songs. Recorded by Abba for their fourth studio album, Arrival. The song is about a visit to a disco, with the emphasis on the joy of dancing itself. It was Abba’s only song to reach No.1 in the USA. Dancing Queen premiered on German and Japanese television during the spring of 1976. Its first live performance was in Abba’s home country Sweden on 18th June 1976 on a television programme to honour King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his bride-to-be, Silvia Sommerlath, who were married the next day. In 1993, in honour of Queen Silvia’s fiftieth birthday, Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Abba was asked to perform Dancing Queen on stage. The singer contacted the A Cappella vocal group, The Real Group, and together they did an A Cappella version (without musical instruments) of the song at the Royal Opera House in Stockholm in front of the King and Queen. A-Cappella/Dancing-Queen. In 2015, the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame.

Weekly Chart History (1976 – 1977)Peak Position
Australia1
Austria4
Belgium1
Canada Adult Contemporary Chart 3
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart1
Denmark1
Finland3
France5
Germany (West)1
Ireland1
Italy14
Japan1
Mexico1
Netherlands Dutch Top 40 Chart1
Netherlands Top 100 Singles Chart1
New Zealand1
Norway1
Rhodesia1
South Africa1
Spain10
Sweden1
Switzerland3
United Kingdom1
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart6
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart1
USA Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart1
Year-End Chart History (1976)Final Position
Australia3
New Zealand4
South Africa10
Switzerland11
Year-End Chart History (1977)Final Position
Canada Top 100 Singles Chart5
USA Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart 28
USA Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart 12
USA Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart 3
Weekly Chart History (1992)Peak Position
Australia28
Belgium16
Germany22
New Zealand14
Norway5
Sweden15
Switzerland6
United Kingdom16
Weekly Chart History (2008)Peak Position
Australia58
United Kingdom82