“There is a huge black sky over my city.”
That line from Dancing On My Personal is Robyn’s love letter to the climate in her dwelling metropolis of Stockholm, Sweden.
It is certainly one of her two favorite lyrics from the monitor, which has simply turned ten years previous.
It additionally occurs to be my favorite tune 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 few of the most private moments in my life.
Below current lockdown, it has been considered 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 evening.”
At that time within the tune, 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 it’s important to get your “desperation, frustration and unhappiness 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 tune is taken into account a traditional with retailers like Rolling Stone, NME and Stereogum all rating it as one of the best tune of the final decade.
How the tune bought began
By 2010, Robyn had reworked from mid-1990s main label pop star right into a fiercely impartial artist along with her personal file 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 Speak albums, which she launched over six months.
“I knew I needed to make a tune referred to as Dancing On My Personal,” Robyn tells Radio 1 Newsbeat, from her residence in Stockholm. “I simply did not know what it was going to be about.”
‘It stored 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.
Originally, Patrik remembers the tune having an acoustic vibe. The refrain got here first and “the whole lot else fell into place and it felt prefer it was writing itself”.
Patrik admits they have been “tremendous choosy” about each facet of the tune and he not too long ago discovered a pocket book with tons of of lyrics that have 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 guess 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.”
Robyn additionally remembers Patrik spending a whole lot of time on the person elements of the tune: the drums, the bass and the pounding staccato it begins with.
“We stored constructing and it stored getting higher and higher and higher”, she says.
“It was an thrilling session. I keep in mind sending the demo to the file label and telling them I assumed we had single.”
A ‘magical second’ on TV
Robyn says she’s pleased with Dancing On My Personal as a result of it options parts of “many alternative worlds” she loves together with: “Prince songs, 80s rock ballads and queer electronica”.
The tune 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 tune. 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 the usage of the tune 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 buddy Marnie (Alison Williams) comes dwelling and so they 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 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 comfy in our characters.
Off digital camera she says the entire crew was dancing and other people have been crying.
“You can really feel the ability and love that went into the tune.”
When Lena accepted her Golden Globe for finest actress in 2013, Dancing On My Personal was taking part in as she walked to the stage acquire 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 very highly effective voice. She recorded certainly one of my favorite Max Martin songs, Since U Been Gone, which I lined within the Radio 1 Dwell Lounge. In order that’s humorous.”
However its most well-known cowl is by Calum Scott, who gave the tune a second lease of life.
In 2015, the British singer auditioned for Britain’s Bought Expertise with a stripped-back model of the monitor, the video of which has now been considered 288 million occasions.
“I fell in love with the tune 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 persona.”
He factors to the lyric “I am proper over right here, why cannot you see me?“ because the exact second he linked to the tune.
Calum struggled together 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 once I sang all of it these feelings from my previous spilled over into the tune.”
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 stated it was good to lastly meet me. You by no means count on to fulfill the one that had the unique tune”.
Robyn says Calum and his voice interpreted it in a method that “made the tune got here alive once more”.
“I am tremendous joyful for him to have the success and am happy individuals bought to know the tune just a little bit extra”.
She says there have been so many covers as a result of “it is an ideal tune.”
‘Uninterested in the damaged coronary heart’
However as Calum was bringing the tune 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 tune got here from a break-up in her personal life and he or she turned “uninterested in the damaged coronary heart”.
“I went via a whole 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 taking part in it stay.”
When Robyn toured in 2019, she reduce the tune 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 affix 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 tune was speaking again to me,” she says.
By that time, she felt the tune had moved on from its beginnings and “turned one thing that took on which 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 at all times really feel true to me and I feel Dancing On My Personal has these qualities.
“It is possibly part of the tune I needed to battle with. However possibly 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 “constantly advanced” 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 tune 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 monitor.
It includes her buddy 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 response to 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.”