The King Has Lost His Crown

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"The King Has Lost His Crown"
Song by ABBA from the album Voulez-Vous
Genre Disco
Length 3:35
Label Polar Music
  • Benny Andersson
  • Björn Ulvaeus

"The King Has Lost His Crown" is a song by Swedish group ABBA, released on their 1979 album Voulez-Vous.


The song is a "vengeful ballad" whose lyrics are an allegory to describe the end of a relationship.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

On his book Abba – Uncensored on the Record, John Tobler said the song "appeared to be much more personal than many of the group's previous songs".[1] The Sydney Morning Herald said the "The King Has Lost His Crown" is "an interesting song with some neat variations in style".[2] Internet reviewer George Starostin said it "is simply way too pompous and ambitious to be endured".[3] ABBA biograph Carl Magnus Palm said "Perhaps there's ... a sense of "undiscovered gem" about [Voulez-Vous], simply because what I feel were the best tracks were never international single A-sides, such as 'As Good As New', 'The King Has Lost His Crown' and 'If It Wasn’t For The Nights'."[4]


  1. ^ a b Tobler, John (2011). Abba – Uncensored on the Record. Coda Books Ltd. p. 67. 
  2. ^ "ABBA make a comeback". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 May 1979. p. 48. 
  3. ^ "ABBA Reviews". Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "ABBA – favourites and least favourites". Carl Magnus Palm. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 16 February 2014.