“There is a large black sky over my city.”
That line from Dancing On My Personal is Robyn’s love letter to the climate in her residence metropolis of Stockholm, Sweden.
It is one in all her two favorite lyrics from the monitor, which has simply turned ten years previous.
It additionally occurs to be my favorite track of all time.
Meaning I’ve spent a decade of dancing and singing to it at golf equipment, festivals and in associates’ kitchens. It is soundtracked a few of the most private moments in my life.
Underneath latest lockdown, it has been seen in one other new gentle with an accompanying TikTok problem from Robyn herself.
Like many different individuals, I really like the bittersweet mixture of listening to one thing so uplifting but so heartbreaking.
There are such a lot of highlights however Robyn tells me her different favorite line is: “I simply wanna dance all evening.”
At that time within the track, she’s already taken us to the membership the place we’re watching her ex kiss a brand new associate. We have all been there, proper?
She says it represents the exact second on the dancefloor when it’s important to get your “desperation, frustration and disappointment out”.
It has been described as the “final unhappy banger”.
With its a number of cowl variations and the variety of movies and TV exhibits it is popped up in, the track is taken into account a traditional with retailers like Rolling Stone, NME and Stereogum all rating it as the perfect track of the final decade.
How the track acquired began
By 2010, Robyn had reworked from mid-1990s main label pop star right into a fiercely unbiased artist along with her personal report label, Konichiwa Information.
With Each Heartbeat had additionally given her a UK primary single in 2007.
Dancing On My Personal was her first new music in years and the lead single from the primary of her three Physique Discuss albums, which she launched over six months.
“I knew I wished to make a track known as Dancing On My Personal,” Robyn tells Radio 1 Newsbeat, from her condo in Stockholm. “I simply did not know what it was going to be about.”
‘It saved getting higher and higher’
With an concept of a refrain in her thoughts, Robyn began working with Swedish producer Patrik Berger, who she’d collaborated with on her earlier album.
In the beginning, Patrik remembers the track having an acoustic vibe. The refrain got here first and “all the pieces else fell into place and it felt prefer it was writing itself”.
Patrik admits they have been “tremendous choosy” about each side of the track and he lately discovered a pocket book with a whole bunch of lyrics that have been written and scrapped alongside the best way.
“Each single phrase wanted to really feel proper,” he tells Newsbeat.
His favorite lyric is “I do know the place you are at, I guess she’s round“ which he feels represents the “self-destructive a part of you, once we know we should not go there. It is like scratching a wound.”
Robyn additionally remembers Patrik spending plenty of time on the person elements of the track: the drums, the bass and the pounding staccato it begins with.
“We saved constructing and it saved getting higher and higher and higher”, she says.
“It was an thrilling session. I keep in mind sending the demo to the report label and telling them I believed we had a superb single.”
A ‘magical second’ on TV
Robyn says she’s pleased with Dancing On My Personal as a result of it options components of “many alternative worlds” she loves together with: “Prince songs, 80s rock ballads and queer electronica”.
The track was a success. Dancing On My Personal made quantity eight in the UK Singles Chart.
Then got here the primary of Robyn’s two defining moments within the lifetime of her track. We’ll get to the second later.
In 2012, it was used within the first season of HBO’s Women, the TV comedy drama created by Lena Dunham.
Robyn says using the track was “genius” whereas Lena Dunham tells Newsbeat it was “magical”.
Within the episode, Lena’s character Hannah finds out her ex-boyfriend is homosexual. She’s sat in her flat and Dancing On My Personal begins up on her laptop computer.
Her finest pal Marnie (Alison Williams) comes residence they usually dance in Hannah’s bed room to the monitor, which then performs over the tip credit.
“That second on set was meant to be so transient and so gentle,” says Lena. “However it took on a lot significance as a result of it marked the primary time myself and Alison felt comfy in our characters.
Off digicam she says the entire crew was dancing and folks have been crying.
“You might really feel the ability and love that went into the track.”
When Lena accepted her Golden Globe for finest actress in 2013, Dancing On My Personal was enjoying as she walked to the stage accumulate it.
“It was like having a companion in that very public second.”
Dancing On My Personal has additionally been featured in Gossip Lady, Orange Is The New Black, RuPaul’s Drag Race, films Teen Spirit and Lengthy Shot, and the Masked Singer USA.
‘I owe my profession to Robyn’
“I actually like Kelly’s model,” says Robyn. “She has a extremely highly effective voice. She recorded one in all my favorite Max Martin songs, Since U Been Gone, which I coated within the Radio 1 Dwell Lounge. In order that’s humorous.”
However its most well-known cowl is by Calum Scott, who gave the track a second lease of life.
In 2015, the British singer auditioned for Britain’s Received Expertise with a stripped-back model of the monitor, the video of which has now been seen 288 million occasions.
“I fell in love with the track immediately,” he says. “I used to be about 21 when it was initially launched and it got here on the peak of me determining my character.”
He factors to the lyric “I am proper over right here, why cannot you see me?“ because the exact second he related to the track.
Calum struggled along with his sexuality rising up. He says Dancing On My Personal turned his anthem.
“I did not actually know who I used to be, so after I sang all of it these feelings from my previous spilled over into the track.”
Calum’s model was launched commercially in 2016 and carried out higher than Robyn’s unique, reaching quantity two within the UK singles chart.
“I owe my profession to Robyn,” he says.
He additionally describes the “surreal second” when the 2 of them met – by probability – on the BBC.
“She walked previous and I simply froze. She got here as much as me and mentioned it was good to lastly meet me. You by no means count on to fulfill the one that had the unique track”.
Robyn says Calum and his voice interpreted it in a approach that “made the track got here alive once more”.
“I am tremendous completely happy for him to have the success and am happy individuals acquired to know the track a bit bit extra”.
She says there have been so many covers as a result of “it is an amazing track.”
‘Bored with the damaged coronary heart’
However as Calum was bringing the track to a far wider viewers within the mid-2010s, Robyn was taking a step again from what she’d created.
“Dancing On My Personal typically felt like a teenage model of me that I used to be completely happy to let go of,” she says.
The track got here from a break-up in her personal life and she or he turned “bored with the damaged coronary heart”.
“I went by plenty of remedy, labored on myself and healed myself.
“Now I am again loving it. I do not really feel conflicted and I really like performing it and enjoying it dwell.”
When Robyn toured in 2019, she lower the track simply earlier than the refrain, leaving 1000’s of followers to sing her monitor again at her.
I used to be at her gig at London’s Alexandra Palace. It was such a goosebump second to hitch everybody else singing “I am within the nook, watching you kiss her” on the tops of our voices.
On the time, I keep in mind Robyn appeared to be genuinely overwhelmed by it.
“It is just like the track was speaking again to me,” she says.
By that time, she felt the track had moved on from its beginnings and “turned one thing that took on that means for lots of people in numerous methods”.
For somebody that always writes about heartbreak and feelings, Robyn says she finds nostalgia and sentimentality “troublesome”.
“These feelings do not at all times really feel true to me and I believe Dancing On My Personal has these qualities.
“It is perhaps part of the track I needed to battle with. However perhaps that is why it connects to so many individuals too.”
In February, Robyn was named Songwriter of the Decade on the NME Awards, an accolade handed to her by Christine & The Queens and Charli XCX.
Charli says Robyn “repeatedly developed” in her profession however “has at all times stayed true to who she is”.
Héloïse Letissier of Christine & The Queens described her songwriting as “pop perfection”.
“As a songwriter I can solely marvel at a track like Dancing On My Personal,” says Letissier. “It is a gem of pop. I watched her gig in Oslo final yr and it was probably the most cathartic factor I ever noticed.”
As we talked about earlier, Robyn has a second defining second of the monitor.
It entails her pal and collaborator Max Martin, who himself has co-written 22 Billboard Sizzling 100 quantity ones and performed an early half in her profession on songs like Present Me Love.
In keeping with Robyn, she was instructed by his supervisor that Max thinks “it is top-of-the-line pop songs ever made”.
“And that makes me very completely happy and proud.”