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.