Dancing Queen is the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer and actress Cher , released by Warner Bros. Records on September 28, It is Cher's first album in five years, following Closer to the Truth The album contains cover versions of songs recorded by Swedish pop group ABBA , with the title referencing their song " Dancing Queen ". The album follows Cher's appearance in the musical film Mamma Mia! The album received acclaim from music critics , and was a success commercially, debuting at number three on the US Billboard with first-week sales of , copies, becoming Cher's highest debut sales week for an album in the United States. Dancing Queen also debuted at number one on the US Top Album Sales chart with , pure copies, making it Cher's first number one album on that chart. The album also peaked within the top ten of charts in another 18 countries, with nine of those being top five entries. After previously appearing in Mamma Mia! She further stated:.
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Certainly, the band knew they had struck gold before it was even finished. What is it that elevates Dancing Queen above so many other beautifully produced, catchy, euphoric songs? All great records start with a bang. Indeed, the record starts with such a bang that, after that initial piano roll, it catapults you straight into the middle of the chorus: an explosive opening before the song has even officially started. It could have all been quite different. Ultimately, the song seems less concerned with making you gaze forlornly back than it does with bringing the abandonment of your teenage years into the present, at least for four glorious minutes.
Andersson and Ulvaeus also produced the song. Musically, "Dancing Queen" is a Europop version of American disco music. In , the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The recording sessions for "Dancing Queen" began on 4 August The demo was called "Boogaloo" and as the sessions progressed, Andersson and Ulvaeus found inspiration in the dance rhythm of George McCrae 's " Rock Your Baby ", as well as the drumming on Dr. John 's album, Dr. John's Gumbo. During the sessions, Benny Andersson brought a tape home with the backing track on it and played it to Anni-Frid Lyngstad, who apparently started crying when listening.
We need no other reasons to take a look at the story behind this masterpiece. But there was very little time for rest: for one thing, there were new recordings to be made. They brought with them the melodies for three new songs, all of which at this point only had nonsense lyrics — and titles that were equally preliminary. Added rhythmical influence came from the drumming on the album Gumbo by Dr. A good, solid backing track was put together for the song, consisting of drums, bass, guitar and keyboards.