Dancing Queen (Girls' Generation song)

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"Dancing Queen"
Single by Girls' Generation
from the album I Got a Boy
Released December 21, 2012 (2012-12-21)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop
Length 3:35
Label S.M. Entertainment
Girls' Generation Korean singles chronology
"The Boys"
"Dancing Queen"
"I Got a Boy"
"The Boys"
"Dancing Queen"
"I Got a Boy"
Audio sample

"Dancing Queen" is a Korean song by South Korean girl group Girls' Generation. It was released on December 21, 2012 as the lead single from their fourth Korean studio album, I Got a Boy (2013). Recorded in 2008, the song was initially scheduled to be released as the title track for the group's first extended play. Nevertheless, the plan was withdrawn, and "Gee" and the titular EP was released instead.[1]

"Dancing Queen" is a remake of the 2008 single "Mercy" by Duffy. It is the first Korean material released by the group after a fourteen-month hiatus from the South Korean music scene to focus on the Japanese music market with their 2012 album Girls & Peace. The song received generally positive reviews from music critics, who favored its "funky pop" production as opposed to the group's signature electropop styles. Commercially, the single peaked atop the Gaon Digital Chart and at number two on the Korea K-Pop Hot 100, and has sold over 500,000 digital units.

Live performances[edit]

Girls' Generation performed "Dancing Queen" and "I Got a Boy" live on M! Countdown on January 3, 2013."[2] The group also performed it on their MBC comeback special, Girls' Generation's Romantic Fantasy.

Commercial reception[edit]

"Dancing Queen" sold 139,344 copies after its first day of sales and went on to reach number eleven on the Gaon Singles Chart in its first week.[3] It also debuted at number two on K-Pop Hot 100.[4] It has sold over 1,010,545 copies.[5]

Music video[edit]


"Dancing Queen" is a cover of Duffy's 2008 single "Mercy".[6][7][8]

The music video was released on December 21, 2012 at 10 a.m. KST via Korean music site Naver.[9] Most of the video was originally filmed in 2008, while being bookended with scenes from the music video for "I Got A Boy".[10] The outfits and the concept featured in the music video were instead reworked into what would become "Gee".[11]

A screenshot of the music video was leaked in 2011 along with the audio of the Korean version of "Boomerang," which was later officially released in Japanese on their second Japanese album Girls & Peace (2012).[12]


The music video, with a running time of 4 minutes, 23 seconds, has a time machine plot. The video begins with the members in a pink doll-like room. Yoona opens up a present to find a small device. The group quickly gathers around and finds out it is a time machine which brings them back to the year 2008 from 2013. The room transforms into a retro-style diner. Tiffany turns on a jukebox with Jessica while they sing the intro. The first verse mainly focuses on the diner. While in the diner, the video transitions from each member's line in a pan-order around the diner. The second verse is focused on the white set, wearing white shirts and jeans (which would be reused in "Gee"). During the bridge, the members throw a party while dancing in groups of three while Tiffany approaches a DJ telling him to play a song. The video cuts back to the center of the diner where the group is dancing with customers and diner staff. Confetti is thrown during the final chorus while the party continues with a final pose in the T-shirt and jean costumes. At the end of the song, the time machine moves forward to 2013 as the words "Ayo GG" spoken by Sooyoung are heard, leading into the teaser for "I Got a Boy". The first part of the teaser is met with audio using mid rock-synths and breaks down into dubstep as Tiffany says, "Ayo stop, let me put it down another way". At the end of the video, the "I Got a Boy" symbol was used with "2013.01.01 comeback" seen below it.


Credits are adapted from I Got a Boy liner notes.[13]


Chart (2012–13) Peak
South Korea (Gaon)[3] 1
Billboard K-Pop Hot 100[4] 2
U.S. World Digital Songs (Billboard)[14] 5

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
South Korea (Gaon)[15] 109
Billboard K-Pop Hot 100[16] 76


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  3. ^ a b "Gaon Chart: 2013년 02주차 Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Singles Chart. Archived from the original on April 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100". Billboard (in Japanese). Prometheus Global Media. January 12, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gaon Download Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Singles Chart. Archived from the original on February 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ Benjamin, Jeff (December 21, 2012). "Girls' Generation Drop 'Dancing Queen,' Set Date for Album Release". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 5, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Girls' Generation debuts Dancing Queen MV, releases teaser image of Hyoyeon". The Straits Times. Singapore Press Holdings. December 21, 2012. Archived from the original on April 12, 2015. 
  8. ^ "소녀시대, 2色 매력으로 뮤비 조횟수 '2천만뷰 폭발'". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Chosun Ilbo Co. January 4, 2013. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  9. ^ "소시, 컴백 신곡은 英가수 더피 'Mercy' 리메이크" (in Korean). Star.mt.co.kr. December 21, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Updated Girls' Generation to pre-release a song off their upcoming 4th album in January + another English album in store?". Allkpop.com. December 19, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012. 
  11. ^ Rubenstein, Jenna Hally (December 21, 2012). "New Video: Girls' Generation, 'Dancing Queen'". MTV Buzzworthy, Viacom. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  12. ^ "SNSD's unreleased track "Boomerang" surfaces online". Allkpop.com. November 21, 2012. Retrieved December 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ I Got A Boy (Liner Notes [CD, Album]). Girls' Generation. S.M. Entertainment. 2013. p. 40. 
  14. ^ "World Digital Songs: January 5, 2013". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 27, 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 
  15. ^ "Gaon Digital Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Singles Chart. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Billboard Korea K-Pop Hot 100: Year-End (2013)". Billboard. Archived from the original on March 18, 2015. 

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