100 songs of the decade: Dancing On My Own – Robyn

 100 songs of the decade: Dancing On My Own – Robyn

Written by: Robyn and Patrik Berger
Produced by: Patrik Berger and Robyn
Album: Body Talk
UK release: June 2010
UK chart peak: 8

Dancing On My Own is the blueprint against which we now judge all crying-on-the-dancefloor bangers. Robyn‘s critically lauded sadbanger didn’t make much of a commercial splash at the time (No8 in the UK, No113 in the US) but millions will be familiar with it now; whether that be via its enduring cult popularity, numerous cover versions or usage on TV shows.

Emotionally stark and achingly relatable, it’s that gut-wrenching feeling of watching a Special Someone being close with someone else; whether it’s literally in the alcohol-fuelled haze of a night out or just in day-to-day life. The chorus is just perfect, Robyn’s vocals are dripping with despair, and the throbbing bassline synths beautifully add to the frantic angst of the subject matter. An easy 10/10.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
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Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.