85. Dancing Queen - 5.21 Extras (ABBA Mania, 2005) Highest score: 8 x 2 (me, @unnameable) Lowest score: 0 (@Cundy) Sigh. I knew this wasn't going to last long anyway... And maybe it didn't deserve to. It's perfectly fine, but Belinda Carlisle covering ABBA ought to have been more than "fine." The production is pretty flat. Still, Dancing Queen is so good that practically no recording of it can get lower than an 8 from me. Belinda's cover comes to us from ABBA Mania, a low-budget (and really, really bad) Dutch TV special from 2005 (not to be confused with ABBAmania, a British TV special from 1999) that also gave us Samantha Fox doing The Winner Takes It All and Right Said Fred doing Knowing Me, Knowing You. Both of which are, in fact, much better than Belinda's Dancing Queen. And it has to be said, as much as I love Sam Fox, she can't sing for shit. Admittedly, when Sam Fox's ABBA cover is better than yours, that's a problem. It somehow escaped the endless cycle of Edsel reissues entirely, making it one of the rarest Belinda recordings, only ever appearing on the ABBA Mania soundtrack. "Stop covering Dancing Queen challenge," mopes @Hudweiser (1). Sorry, Hud, I will never support people not covering ABBA. There's a lot of crap, but a lot of gems too. "Just no, no, a thousand times no Belinda! I prefer to think this doesn’t exist!" @CasperFan (3) exclaims. ABBA covers seem to provoke that reaction. I remember a similar meltdown over The Winner Takes It All in the Corrs rate. "Rather unoriginal version, nothing really to take away from this," reflects @bonnieetclyde (5). I think that's pretty fair. "The performance is awkward and the vocals border on shrill, but it's okay," says @tylerc904 (6.5). You want to see awkward? Look at Sam Fox grinning as she romps her way through The Winner Takes It All, then wandering into a surprisingly uninterested audience. "I mean, this is something," @pop3blow2 (7.8) begins. "Haha! That video is everything. Let’s be honest though, it’s all a bit karaoke here. But it’s Belinda doing ABBA, so I’m not dragging this too much." Generous queen. "The ABBA purist within me screams no, but Benny & Björn crafted a bulletproof song and our pop queen does a decent version," my scoremate @unnameable (8) says. Let's wrap up with @Seventeen Days (6), who summarizes the situation pretty well: "There’s so many good covers of this, on top of the god-tier original, but Belinda’s voice just isn’t up to scratch on it for me. It's always gonna be a bop, regardless."