ABBA – Dancing Queen (Chords)

ABBA – Dancing Queen (Chords)

I can’t think of any fictional character less likely to take up the ukulele than James Bond. He takes himself far too seriously. Former Bond, Pierce Brosnan though is a ukulele player. I think it might be part of his long standing attempt to get away from being Bond. His latest stab at it is appearing in the ABBA based musical Mamma Mia (even though his singing leaves a little to be desired). I’m pretty sure there’s no uke content in the film, but it seems as good an excuse as any for a bit of ABBA ukulele.

Dancing Queen has a really great chord progression. One of the greatest if you ask me. I love the,“See that girl…” section where there’s a move between Ab and A on the G-string for each of the chords.

But it is a bit tricksy in places. In the fast changes between E and F#m you can replace E with E6 (i.e. all strings barred at the 4th fret). And I haven’t notated it but I’d recommend using the more common F#m 2120 in the intro and on, “Oh yeah” in the chorus.

Suggested Strumming

Strum #6 from the book:

d – d u – u d u

The only problem is sometimes you’re changing chords within that strum.

So where you have those quick moves in the, “See that girl…” section you play the first chord on the first down strum then the rest of the strum on the second chord e.g. do d – on Amaj7 then d – u d u on the A.

On the F#m – A in the intro and on, “Oh yeah”. you the first two down strums on the F#m and the rest on A.

To demonstrate that here’s how the intro and bridge sound:



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  1. Ed August 28th, 2008 6:27 pm

    thanks for this, i grew up on Abba. Explains a lot about my current life i suppose…

  2. Jimmy August 28th, 2008 6:58 pm

    How dare you diss Pierce Brosnan’s excellent singing. Every syllable he sings is delightfully epic. “DONNA!!!!!”

    I do love a bit of Abba now and then, thanks Al.

  3. Cardboardfrog August 29th, 2008 1:19 am

    i’ve been singing this with my uke for aaaggeees now but your chords work much more nicely ^^,
    thanks again

  4. Cardboardfrog August 29th, 2008 3:03 am

    i suppose here would be as good a place as any to ask,
    I’m in the process of buying a 30’s banjolele and i wanna change the strings, should i just use standard uke strings?
    or are there special ones?

  5. Heather August 29th, 2008 6:14 am

    What’s the Esus4 chord?

  6. amber August 29th, 2008 7:28 am

    I once groomed the former cat of one of the ABBA singers.

    This has nothing to do with your blog post.

  7. Woodshed August 29th, 2008 7:38 am

    Ed: The beard and the hairy chest, you mean?

    Jimmy: Meryl Streep has a decent voice. That’s as much of a concession as you’ll get out of me.

    cbf: You’re asking the wrong person, I’m afraid. I haven’t touched a banjolele in my entire life. You’re much better off asking on Ukulele Cosmos or Flea Market Music.

    Heather: Oh, bugger. I’ve fixed the chord chart now. Esus4 = 445. Or 4400 if you prefer. Thanks, Heather.

    amber: If it was Angnetha’s cat, that’s hugely impressive. If it’s the other one, not so much.

  8. zymeck August 29th, 2008 9:37 am


    I bought a set of Aquila strings for my banjolele from theukuleleshop. When they arrived they were for a ‘low -g’ tuning – which i wasnt quite expecting :\

    They look identical to normal Aquila strings as far as i can tell, the only difference being that the ‘G’ is steel & wound.

    Personally, reckon you could get away with a normal set of concert strings if you want a high-g tuning

  9. Cardboardfrog August 29th, 2008 12:03 pm

    way to go amber!
    thanks very much zymeck! ^^,

  10. Rob August 29th, 2008 10:31 pm

    I love this song.Its timeless.Still makes me feel like I did in the70s when I was trying to be “that guy”.CBF I do have a new banjolele strung with aquilas high g concert. Made a big difference from the crappy strings it came with. I think they would sound good on a vintage one as well.

  11. Cardboardfrog August 30th, 2008 12:29 am

    thanks rob ^^,
    just one more payment before i get to take my new banjolele home ^^,

  12. Rob August 30th, 2008 12:37 am

    Your welcome cbf .Good luck with the uke

  13. Woodshed August 30th, 2008 10:34 am

    zym and Rob: Thanks for the info. There’s another excuse to buy a ukulele: people keep asking me about banjoleles.

  14. Rob August 30th, 2008 4:18 pm

    Go for it Al.You?From the land of George Formby.You got to have one!

  15. Woodshed August 31st, 2008 7:29 pm

    Rob: The Formby thing is one of the reasons I don’t want to get one. I get too many requests for When I’m Cleaning Windows as it is.

  16. Rob September 1st, 2008 2:40 am

    Keep it a secret

  17. skate and uke and guitar September 29th, 2009 11:33 pm

    amazing song

  18. MAD MARTINI January 3rd, 2010 5:18 pm

    I think that even though George Formby was a great uke player, he turned it into a comedy instrument, now a lot of people i know think its a piss take and dont take it seriously like us uke lovers!

  19. CLAUDIA UKUELE March 9th, 2013 2:00 pm

    this is so cool one i heard it i straight away tried it! THIS SONG ROCKS!!! :)

  20. Woodshed March 9th, 2013 10:15 pm

    Claudia: Glad you enjoyed it.

  21. Princesschocolate March 1st, 2015 12:09 pm

    Thank you for this great song. I love it. Could you give us the the strumming pattern please?

  22. Jay Dunning February 5th, 2016 9:48 am

    George Formby was also a very accomplished ukulele player, too. Check him out. And three cheers for Al – I’m a big fan!
    By the way, how do you tell the sex of a chromosome – Pull it’s genes down!! Ha, ha!

  23. Woodshed February 5th, 2016 10:51 am

    Jay: I’m not familiar. He must be new on the scene.

  24. Eugene March 1st, 2016 5:52 am

    Thnx from India for this song

  25. Woodshed March 1st, 2016 7:13 am

    Eugene: You’re welcome from the UK!

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