Song of the Day #4,003: ‘Dancing Queen’ – ABBA

My daughter Sophia turns 17 today, an age that doesn’t have the meaning of 16 or 18 but feels relatively momentous in its own right.

In fact, when I searched for songs about (or at least mentioning) being 17, I found a treasure trove. Something about the age appeals to songwriters… probably the idea of being fully immersed in teenagerdom but just on the brink of adulthood.

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Song of the Day #3,745: ‘Waterloo’ – Cher

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was one of this summer’s unexpected hits, grossing more than $120 million at the domestic box office and another $270 million overseas.

My own reaction to the film was equally unexpected, and in fact as of this writing it still sits atop my 2018 list as my favorite movie of the year so far. I am counting down the days til the Oct. 8 streaming release like a kid in the walk-up to Christmas.

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Song of the Day #3,671: ‘When I Kissed the Teacher’ – Lily James and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again cast

I was a latecomer to 2008’s Mamma Mia!, watching it for the first time last December.

My initial reaction was confusion over how such a wildly uneven quirkfest could be beloved by so many. But I recognized the film’s charms, especially the irresistible ABBA songs and Meryl Streep’s exuberant, full-hearted performance.

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