Dancing On My Own

Album: Body Talk Pt. 1 (2010)
Charted: 8
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Songfacts®:

  • This electro pop ballad is the first official single from Swedish singer-songwriter Robyn's fifth studio album, Body Talk Pt. 1. Robyn co-wrote the song with Patrik Berger who also produced the track.
  • In this tale of heartache Robyn is watching the man she loves dancing with another woman, while he is unaware of her presence on the dance floor. The Swedish singer said on her website the song was inspired by "sad, gay disco anthems such as Ultravox's Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, Sylvester and Donna Summer."
  • 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."
  • Robyn told Billboard magazine that Body Talk Pt. 1 is primarily "a record about the dancefloor." She added: "It's a really important place for my generation. It's the new church. It's where people go to experience something bigger than themselves."
  • The music critics of UK newspaper The Guardian voted this as their best track of 2010.
  • This featured in a memorable scene during the third episode ("All Adventurous Women Do") of the HBO series Girls when Hannah and Marnie dance their frustrations out after a harrowing night during which Hannah finds out that her college boyfriend, Elijah, is gay. The creator of the hit series, Lena Dunham wrote the scene with this song in mind.

    Other TV shows it featured on included Gossip Girl, Orange Is The New Black and RuPaul's Drag Race, plus the movies Teen Spirit and Long Shot.
  • British singer Calum Scott performed the song as part of his audition on Britain's Got Talent in 2015. He finished sixth out of twelve contestants in the final with 8.2% of the vote. Scott later independently released the song in March 2016 and it became a hit for the singer earning him a record deal with Capitol Records. "Personally, I've always fallen for the straight guys, so the lyrics alone speak to my life," the gay singer said.

    Calum Scott's version peaked at #2 in the UK and #93 in the US.
  • The Vitamin String Quartet performed a classical version of "Dancing on My Own" for Netflix' Bridgerton period drama. The instrumental plays during the fourth episode of season 2 when Viscount Anthony Bridgerton and Lady Kate Sharma dance together for the first time.

    Vitamin String Quartet released a music video for their instrumental cover of "Dancing on My Own" on April 1, 2022.

Comments: 1

  • Magdalena from PolandKings of Leon made also a great cover of Robyn's song "Dancing on my own".
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