This is a track from Where Does This Door Go, an album where every track features a seventh chord. Hawthorne explained why during an album playback session. "One of the very first producer meetings that I had was with...Rodney Jerkins," he related. "I played him a few demos I had done and I explained to him my vision for the record, and he basically told me I would have to scrap everything and start over again because I couldn't have any seventh chords in any of the songs 'cause it was too jazzy -- 'too soulful' were his words, I believe. So after that I decided that every single song on this new record would have to have a seventh chord in it."
The song finds Hawthorne questioning why indulging in "a little weed" at a party is a crime. He is joined by Kendrick Lamar who spits a verse about his love of partying.
The song's music video was directed by Parks and Recreation and The Social Network actress Rashida Jones. It shows Hawthorne encountering various obstacles on his way to a white-dress-only party. Jones said: "The video is a parody of ridiculously exclusive parties which are made nearly impossible to get to but tout themselves as 'the party of the year.'"
"I liked the idea of the video starting as a sexy getting-ready video and devolving into a messy, very unsexy, unexpected trek. And the final realization is that YOU are the real party! I'm just starting to realize that about myself (which is why I stay home most nights)."
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."