Note to the reader: Today's post is by 20-something Ali. She and 50-something Estivator are sisters under the skin who work together in the public relations field.
I recently had a musically stimulating conversation with Estivator; it went something like this:
Me (in my office, dancing in my chair and singing loudly while working)
Estivator (walking by): What on earth are you listening to?
Me: The Mamma Mia! soundtrack ... Don't you just love ABBA? You should cover it in your blog!
Estivator: Um, no. I don't think it fits within the time frame I write about.
Me (searching Google furiously): Oh, but it does!! It was released in 1976 ... so now will you cover it?
Estivator: I don't like ABBA. Well, except for Dancing Queen. I love Dancing Queen!
However, Estivator remained unenthusiastic about writing about Dancing Queen. She suggested I take on the daunting task of being her first guest blogger.
Although I wasn't alive when Dancing Queen was released, it doesn't matter. It takes me right back to the night I turned 17 and was celebrating my birthday on a cruise in the Caribbean for Spring Break. A friend on the cruise sang the sweet "she's only 17" lyrics to me as I twirled around on the dance floor "having the time of my life." I love the song for the role it played in creating that memory, and I love that every other person who hears it most likely has a similar memory of dancing and twirling around a dance floor in their youth.
Featuring the shared lead vocals of Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstad and an awesome keyboard glissando, the first 40 seconds of Dancing Queen (that I'm sure are in your head right now) are said to make up one of the most identifiable sections in pop music history. ABBA had already released three albums and was well-known in Europe when the song hit the big time internationally.
But don't just take my word about how amazing Dancing Queen is; Rolling Stone gave it a #171 ranking on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Does that make you feel better, Estivator?
So get singing and dancing and having the time of your life. You know you want to.