What does Dancing Queen mean?

Abba: Dancing Queen Meaning

Album cover for Dancing Queen album cover

Song Released: 1976

Covered By: Glee Cast

Dancing Queen Lyrics

(oooo ya)
You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life ohh yaa
Ooo.. see that girl, watch that scene, dig in the Dancing Queen ahhh ahhh

Friday night and the lights are low
Looking out for the place to go
Where they play the...


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    Mar 2nd 2009 !⃝

    Dancing Queen has many hidden meanings and many of the lyrics project multiple meanings simultaneously. As soon as the song starts we hear the intro which can be felt as both joyful yet poignant and almost nostalgic like someone is remembering a distant memory of their own Dancing Queen...then the chorus bursts out "You can dance! You can jive!" We can imagine an audience of appreciative onlookers are complementing the Dancing Queen's skilled footwork on the dancefloor. Not only are they complementing her dancing but they're complementing her youthfulness, innocence and joie de vivre which they have probably lost over the years. "Watch that scene" The sight is so beautiful one cannot help but "behold" it which is the meaning of "Dig in.....the Dancing Queen" To dig something means to behold or enjoy a good look at.
    The first verse is reminiscent of so many teenage nites out....Friday nite...school's over for the week, the lights are low.....where will we go tonight....wherever they play the right music....the Dancing Queen is looking for her king....she hasn't been hardened by years of failed relationships and broken hearts and instead lives in a naive fantasy world of prince charmings and happily ever afters....her fantasies are probably not sexual....just a dream of going out and meeting the perfect boy and who knows tonight could be the nite!! And the nite is still young... In the meantime dancing is a fun diversion while waiting for the "King" to come along...all week long the Dancing Queen may be restricted by the authority of teachers, parents, bosses in her shitty part time job, but now is her "chance" to shine and break free. She's no longer just an ordinary schoolgirl she is "the Dancing Queen" young and sweet only seventeen...this confirms that the audience are indeed older and are able to appreciate the Dancing Queen's innocence and beauty. Also the older men in the club lust after her...even tho they know the shouldn't really. She teases them, using her developing body to get their attention, but she knows she's too young to deal with it so when they become to interested she slips away.... "leave them burning and then you're gone" then it's time to tease someone else so she moves thru the club until the temptation to dance is too great. The theme in the song is one of joy and a celebration of youth and innocence while a lament for that same loss of youth and innocence felt by the onlookers.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 31st 2020 !⃝

    this song is dummy lit

    i don't want to bling bling your eyes

    thank you ot21 remains superior

    my interpretation was too short so i mean i guess it's about boogeying on the dance floor totally groovy style with like disco balls and sparkly john elton playing the piano riffs

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 24th 2019 !⃝

    When I heard the song it become the hit for my favorite movie and so it had some fun beat, but me and my friend are singing to dancing queen. But we’re great friends but me and Ben wrote it with max and shellback. And so we asked them if we can do a extra cover for the movie mamma Mia and put some fun songs and do something different, then it’ll be a great hit and the musical number

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 21st 2019 !⃝

    I think its about pooping on the dance floor tbh

  5. anonymous
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    Jun 28th 2016 !⃝

    Iris for Queen Christina's coming of age party.

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  6. anonymous
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    Aug 14th 2013 !⃝

    This song is about sex. Lots and lots of sex.

  7. anonymous
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    Jan 11th 2013 !⃝

    It's about a gay guy who likes to dance, hence The Dancing Queen. He could be a transvestite, but not necessary to the song.

  8. anonymous
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    Dec 15th 2011 !⃝


  9. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2011 !⃝

    As ABBA were a Swedish band, the song was written for Queen Christina of Sweden. The song is about enjoying life why you are still young enough. It is about loads of onlookers watching as the “Dancing Queen” dances amazingly. She is such a good dancer you can’t help but watch, hence the “Watch this scene, digging the Dancing Queen”. It is her chance to shine, away from her parents and elders out partying.

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2010 !⃝

    I think the song is about a girl who just wants to dance!!! :)

  11. aquamaddie
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    Apr 26th 2010 !⃝

    This song is pretty much an ode to dancing of the time and it pretty much banked on the obsession with dancing at the time. It talks about a dance club or something like that that's probably the hip place to go at the time. In the song, you are this "little girl" who basically controls the club and the hearts of the guys in it.

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  12. Pop
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    Jun 28th 2009 !⃝

    As a Swede i guess I know about Abba more than americans do.
    This song it is just a part song. Abba members has never been deep person. OK Bjorn Ulveus a born again Atheist who wants to forbid religions. He hates religion but this has never been in his lyrics. he belong now days to human etics association which work for banning religion in Swedn.

    But Abbas music was had never any deeper meanings.

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  13. anonymous
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    Sep 2nd 2007 !⃝

    The song was written for Queen Christina of Sweden and there is nothing to be read into it.

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  14. username
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    Jun 20th 2005 !⃝

    Does this song really need to fill space as an "interpretation"? thesse lyrics dont nessassarily caress real human emotions. Well, sure dancing as if you're at the top of the world is an emotion, but is it really what is important?

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  15. GlitterSara
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    Feb 25th 2004 !⃝

    It's about a disco chick on the surface, but in reality I think it's talking about living life to the fullest and enjoying the ride. Like when they sing "You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life see that girl, watch that scene, diggin the Dancing Queen" it's like sayin "go on! party! Have fun while you're young!"

  16. anavrin
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    Jan 20th 2004 !⃝

    The Dancing Queen is about a girl who absolutely loves disco. When she goes to a disco club, the music fills her, and she becomes the dancing queen. Anyone can be her guy, the night is young and the music is high, she's getting in the groove, she's in the mood for dance. And when she gets the chance, she is the dancing queen, young and sweet only seventeen. And Stephanie is also seventeen. Therefore, Stephanie is the Dancing Queen.

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