Have you ever stopped to wonder what kind of music the Queen of England likes to listen to? Perhaps, Queen? Or the Queens of Country? Turns out that Queen Elizabeth II's favorite song just might be "Dancing Queen" by ABBA. According to British music paper, NME, BBC radio DJ Chris Evans discovered this fun fact back in 2008 after a friend attended a dinner with the Queen. When “Dancing Queen” came on the sound system, the monarch told her guests that she loved the song, telling them, “I always try to dance when this song comes on, because I am the Queen, and I like to dance.”
Of course, no one from Buckingham Palace has officially stated that Queen Elizabeth truly does love ABBA, but it sure is fun to think about. As is pondering the question: If the Queen isn’t dancing around Windsor Castle to “Dancing Queen” what does she like to listen to? According to some of Queen Elizabeth’s relatives, who spoke to the BBC for their documentary Our Queen: 90 Musical Years, her Majesty’s musical taste leans towards show tunes, religious songs, and some British and American classics. That said, the Queen’s cousin Lady Elizabeth Anson does say in the film, "The Queen is a fantastic dancer. She's got great rhythm." So perhaps “Dancing Queen” isn’t that far from reality.
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If you’re looking for a playlist that is truly fit for a Queen, here are some of her Royal Highness’s favorite tunes according to the BBC:
- "Oklahoma!" by Howard Keel
- "Anything You Can Do (Annie Get Your Gun)" by Dolores Gray and Bill Johnson
- "Sing" by Gary Barlow and the Commonwealth Band featuring the Military Wives
- "Cheek to Cheek" by Fred Astaire
- "The White Cliffs Of Dover" by Vera Lynn
- "Leaning on a Lamp-post" by George Formby
- "Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven"
- "The Lord is My Shepherd"
- "Lester Lanin Medley"
- "Regimental March Milanollo"