This is album number four for Abba, and probably their most successful in terms of the singles pulled from it – Dancing Queen, Money, Money, Money and Knowing Me, Knowing You. This was the best-selling album of 1977, which I’m sure the punks would have just hated.
It used to amuse me endlessly to play air-violin and air-piano whenever I heard Dancing Queen in nightclubs. Thankfully I don’t go to clubs anymore. I’m sure this song is still a staple of ‘70s / party nights though, and always will be.
It makes me very happy that Abba never reformed. They could have made millions in the wake of their countless revivals in popular culture – the Abba-esque EP by Erasure, the films The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and Muriel’s Wedding, and more recently the Mamma Mia! musical and film. Unlike most other money-hungry artists of the ‘60s and ‘70s, they’ve remained respectfully out of the public eye, and I like that.
Hit: Dancing Queen
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