Robyn explained the song's meaning to Pop Justice
: "I think 'Dancing On My Own' is totally from me just being in clubs and going out and dancing a lot, and seeing people and thinking, 'what are they doing here?' All these people with their hopes and their dreams about their big nights out, 'look at me I'm dressed up and dancing.' There are so many hopes that people have when they go out. I'm fascinated by club culture at the moment. My boyfriend used to be a doorman so I'll hear stories about how people act when they're insecure, or how they act when they're drunk. Clubs are like the new church for people - it's where you go to feel a part of something bigger than yourself."