This is the title track of Jarvis Cocker's second solo album. The English musician is best known for being the frontman of the Britpop outfit Pulp.
Q magazine June 2009 commented to Cocker that on this track, he is an artist who has it too easy and he "need (s) an addiction or an affliction." The former Pulp frontman responded: "I do think there are artists out there who think they need to cultivate some pain in order to write songs. Well, the truth is we have got it easy. We weren't born in war time. I know that people losing their jobs and houses is tragic, but in another way I think this recession will be a good thing. People will stop shopping and consuming. I can't stand the way you go on MySpace and people's profiles are all about what they like and don't like. They are such dutiful little consumers and they willingly reduce themselves to shopping lists. I don't think saying you like banana smoothies is really establishing a deep enough connection with other human beings."
ABBA's Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson conceived "Dancing Queen" as a dance song with the working title "Boogaloo," drawing inspiration from the 1974 George McCrae disco hit "Rock Your Baby." Their manager Stig Anderson came up with the title "Dancing Queen."