"Dancing Queen" reached the number 1 position on popular music charts in 13 countries. Recorded in 1975 for the group's album Arrival, it was released as a single the following year with "That's Me" as the B-side.
In May 2004, the British performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited listed the 70 songs that have played most in Great Britain on the radio, in clubs and on jukeboxes. On this list "Dancing Queen" featured at number 6.
Its opening keyboard glissando is one of the most instantly recognizable intros in pop music.
The track was premiered on Swedish tv on June 18, 1976, during an all-star live gala in honour of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and his bride to be, Silvia. Benny Andersson has cited it as "one of those songs where you know during the sessions that it's going to be a smash hit". Also Agnetha Fältskog has stated in a TV-programe: "It's often difficult to know what will be a hit. The exception was Dancing Queen. We all knew it was going to be massive".