The first time I ever heard “Dancing On My Own” was during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Robyn had been hired as a house artist, which meant she was allotted a fraction of screen time in between commercial breaks as sort of an intermission entertainer for those in attendance. Even now, the only evidence of this performance exists in a few blurry fan-uploaded videos on YouTube.

I’m in the corner / Watching you kiss her,” she pleaded to the crowd, introducing the world to what might just be one of the greatest choruses ever written. The song was a career-best for the seasoned performer and a most-promising taste of her latest era, one that would ultimately deliver one of the most important records of the decade. …


Rob Quick

Rob is a writer self-isolating in New York City.

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