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“There is a massive black sky over my city.”

That line from Dancing On My Personal is Robyn’s love letter to the climate in her house metropolis of Stockholm, Sweden.

It is one among her two favorite lyrics from the observe, which has simply turned ten years previous.

It additionally occurs to be my favorite music of all time.

Meaning I’ve spent a decade of dancing and singing to it at golf equipment, festivals and in buddies’ kitchens. It is soundtracked a number of the most private moments in my life.

Below current lockdown, it has been seen in one other new gentle with an
accompanying TikTok problem
from Robyn herself.

Like many different individuals, I 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 night time.”

At that time within the music, she’s already taken us to the membership the place we’re watching her ex kiss a brand new accomplice. We have all been there, proper?

She says it represents the exact second on the dancefloor when you need to get your “desperation, frustration and disappointment out”.

It has been described as
the “final unhappy banger”
.


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With its a number of cowl variations and the variety of movies and TV exhibits it is popped up in, the music is taken into account a basic with shops like
Rolling Stone
,
NME
and
Stereogum
all rating it as the very best music of the final decade.

How the music bought began

By 2010, Robyn had remodeled from mid-1990s main label pop star right into a fiercely unbiased artist along with her personal document label, Konichiwa Data.

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 Speak albums, which she launched over six months.

“I knew I wished to make a music known as Dancing On My Personal,” Robyn tells Radio 1 Newsbeat, from her condominium in Stockholm. “I simply did not know what it was going to be about.”

‘It saved getting higher and higher’

With an thought of a refrain in her thoughts, Robyn began working with Swedish producer Patrik Berger, who she’d collaborated with on her earlier album.

Firstly, Patrik remembers the music 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 had been “tremendous choosy” about each side of the music and he just lately discovered a pocket book with lots of of lyrics that had been written and scrapped alongside the way in which.

“Each single phrase wanted to really feel proper,” he tells Newsbeat.

His favorite lyric is “I do know the place you are at, I wager she’s round

which he feels represents the “self-destructive a part of you, after we know we should not go there. It is like scratching a wound.”

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Robyn additionally remembers Patrik spending quite a lot of time on the person parts of the music: 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 bear in mind sending the demo to the document 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 various worlds” she loves together with: “Prince songs, 80s rock ballads and queer electronica”.

The music was a success. Dancing On My Personal made quantity eight in
the UK Singles Chart
.

It went on to prime year-end
critics’ polls
, Robyn carried out it on TV exhibits around the globe and it was
nominated for a Grammy
.

Then got here the primary of Robyn’s two defining moments within the lifetime of her music. 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.

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Lena Dunham created Women and says Robyn creates ‘common but private’ songs

Robyn says the usage of the music 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 greatest pal Marnie (Alison Williams) comes house and so they dance in Hannah’s bed room to the observe, which then performs over the tip credit.

“That second on set was meant to be so temporary and so gentle,” says Lena. “But it surely took on a lot significance as a result of it marked the primary time myself and Alison felt snug in our characters.

Off digital camera she says the entire crew was dancing and other people had been crying.

“You may really feel the ability and love that went into the music.”

When Lena accepted her Golden Globe for greatest 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’

It is also been coated a number of instances by artists together with
Kings Of Leon
and
Kelly Clarkson
.

“I actually like Kelly’s model,” says Robyn. “She has a extremely highly effective voice. She recorded one among my favorite Max Martin songs, Since U Been Gone, which I coated within the Radio 1 Stay Lounge. In order that’s humorous.”

However its most well-known cowl is by Calum Scott, who gave the music a second lease of life.

In 2015, the British singer auditioned for Britain’s Bought Expertise with a stripped-back model of the observe, the video of which has now been seen
288 million instances
.

“I fell in love with the music 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.”

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Calum Scott launched his profession on Britain’s Bought Expertise

He factors to the lyric “I am proper over right here, why cannot you see me?

because the exact second he related to the music.

Calum struggled together with his sexuality rising up. He says Dancing On My Personal grew to become 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 music.”


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Calum’s model was launched commercially in 2016 and carried out higher than Robyn’s authentic, 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 likelihood – 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 satisfy the one that had the unique music”.

Robyn says Calum and his voice interpreted it in a method that “made the music got here alive once more”.

“I am tremendous joyful for him to have the success and am happy individuals bought to know the music slightly bit extra”.

She says there have been so many covers as a result of “it is an awesome music.”

‘Bored with the damaged coronary heart’

However as Calum was bringing the music 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 joyful to let go of,” she says.

The music got here from a break-up in her personal life and he or she grew to become “uninterested in the damaged coronary heart”.

“I went by quite a lot of remedy, labored on myself and healed myself.

“Now I am again loving it. I do not really feel conflicted and I like performing it and enjoying it dwell.”


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When Robyn toured in 2019, she reduce the music simply earlier than the refrain, leaving 1000’s of followers to sing her observe again at her.

I used to be at her gig at London’s Alexandra Palace. It was such a goosebump second to affix everybody else singing “I am within the nook, watching you kiss her” on the tops of our voices.

On the time, I bear in mind Robyn appeared to be genuinely overwhelmed by it.

“It is just like the music was speaking again to me,” she says.

By that time, she felt the music had moved on from its beginnings and “grew to become one thing that took on that means for lots of people in several methods”.

For somebody that always writes about heartbreak and feelings, Robyn says she finds nostalgia and sentimentality “troublesome”.

“These feelings do not all the time really feel true to me and I feel Dancing On My Personal has these qualities.

“It is perhaps part of the music I needed to battle with. However perhaps that is why it connects to so many individuals too.”

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FKA Twigs, Christine & The Queens, Robyn and Charli XCX on the NME Awards 2020

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 “constantly developed” in her profession however “has all the time 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 music like Dancing On My Personal,” says Letissier. “It is a gem of pop. I watched her gig in Oslo final 12 months and it was probably the most cathartic factor I ever noticed.”

As we talked about earlier, Robyn has a second defining second of the observe.

It entails her pal and collaborator Max Martin, who himself has
co-written 22 Billboard Scorching 100 quantity ones
and performed an early half in her profession on songs like Present Me Love.

Based on Robyn, she was instructed by his supervisor that Max thinks “it is the most effective pop songs ever made”.

“And that makes me very joyful and proud.”

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