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post Oct 24 2018, 12:57 PM
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Robyn's Top 10 hits on the Official Chart
24 October 2018 | By Rob Copsey

In 25 years, Robyn has gone from teenage R&B singer to cultural-shifting pop rebel.

In a career that spans almost 25 years, Robyn has gone from teenage R&B singer to cultural-shifting pop rebel. Her lengthy absences from music (she’s about to release her first album in almost a decade) only underline her importance. Her UK breakthrough hit Show Me Love was the early work of the now super-producer Max Martin. Her re-emergence in the mid-2000s as an independent artist with a chart-topping electronic sad banger sound has spawned a generation of similar acts.

Now, she’s back with her sixth album Honey; a record that takes her signature sound and shifts it towards a dreamy and hypnotic dance landscape. Ahead of the record’s release, we take a look at the tracks that got her here: Robyn’s best-selling and most streamed songs are revealed below…

Hang With Me

The lead single from the second part of her ambitious Body Talk album trilogy, Hang With Me crystallised Robyn’s knack for creating pop earworms with affectionately gawky lyrics. The track, produced by longtime collaborator Klas Åhlund, is about keeping a potential lover at arms-length for fear of ending up in “blissfully painful” heartache – in-keeping with much of Body Talk’s bittersweet subject matter.

The song missed the Top 40 on its release, peaking at 54, but still ranks among her most popular in eighth place, logging 2.04 million plays across all major audio streaming services since 2014.

Do It Again

During her often-lengthy spell between albums, Robyn delivered some stellar collaborative projects, the most popular of which is Do It Again, the titular track of a five-song EP with electronic duo Royksopp (Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland). The two acts regularly appear on each other’s records, but Do It Again – five minutes of strobing synths and sledgehammer beats – is their prize showpiece. The song ranks as Robyn’s seventh biggest track, with 3.45 million audio streams and 48,000 downloads.

Show Me Love

After signing to RCA Records in 1994 and landing a trio of hits in her native Sweden, it was Show Me Love – the final single from her debut album Robyn Is Here – that became a global breakthrough. Critics noted its blending of US-friendly R&B with major-chord-heavy Swedish pop as the key to its success, sending it to Number 8 in the UK and 7 in America. It’s Robyn’s fourth biggest hit, with 113,000 sales and 1.22 million audio streams.

Dancing On My Own

Today’s never-ending supply of sad bangers can be traced back to Dancing On My Own. Robyn may not have invented the concept, but she certainly perfected it. The lead single from Body Talk Pt. 1, it’s the ultimate dancing away heartbreak song and secured her LGBTQ icon status. It’s her second biggest single overall, with 340,000 combined sales, but is far and away her most streamed, with 13.8 million plays.

With Every Heartbeat

It’s fitting that Robyn’s biggest single in the UK is her only Number 1. It was an unexpected success at the time, debuting at Number 5 before taking the top spot the following week. It's appearance in the chart was the equivalent to spotting a rare animal outside of its usual habitat - ranking above heavy US hitters from Timbaland, Kanye West, Fergie and Rihanna that week. With Every Heartbeat is Robyn’s best-selling song (370k sales) and second most-streamed, with six million plays.

Robyn's Top 10 singles on the Official Chart

POS TITLE ARTIST PEAK YEAR
1 WITH EVERY HEARTBEAT ROBYN FT KLEERUP 1 2007 370k
2 DANCING ON MY OWN ROBYN 8 2010 340k
3 BE MINE ROBYN 10 2008
4 SHOW ME LOVE ROBYN 8 1998 125.2k
5 CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND ROBYN 55 2011
6 HANDLE ME ROBYN 17 2007
7 DO IT AGAIN ROYKSOPP & ROBYN 75 2014 82.5k
8 HANG WITH ME ROBYN 54 2010 (20.4k stream-equivalent sales)
9 WHO'S THAT GIRL ROBYN 26 2008
10 DO YOU REALLY WANT ME ROBYN 20 1995

©2018 Official Charts Company. All rights reserved.
Based on UK physical, download and streaming equivalent sales.
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Show me love is a classic !!
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post Oct 24 2018, 04:41 PM
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Small confession here: years before 'With Every Heartbeat' happened I bought 'Do You Really Want Me' from the Woolworths bargain bin aged 9. That was such a great single!
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An amazing artist, two of my favourite songs of all time her 2 best sellers here. In a justified world they’d all have sold a bucket load more but at least she grabbed that shock number 1 smile.gif
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It's a disgrace that Callum Scott's version of Dancing On My Own is a million seller but the infinitely superior original has only sold just over 300k. What an injustice.
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QUOTE(PaulM1983 @ Oct 26 2018, 12:10 PM) *
It's a disgrace that Callum Scott's version of Dancing On My Own is a million seller but the infinitely superior original has only sold just over 300k. What an injustice.


Yeah, that is an AWFUL injustice.

The only silver lining is as she wrote it, she'll get the royalties. It pains me to think there'll be people out there who only know his version.
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QUOTE(Tawdry Hepburn @ Oct 26 2018, 12:16 PM) *
It pains me to think there'll be people out there who only know his version.

I've thankfully not had the disfortune of coming across them. Whenever I've played Robyn's, I've never received confused looks or people say "oh is this a cover of Calum Scott's song?" which usually happens in these cases, so I'm hoping people are generally familiar enough with the original.
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With Every Heartbeat - 430,000 combined!

Great to see Dancing on My Own on 340,000. At the end of 2010 its total sales were only 89,800 (which was enough to make it the 195th best seller of the year), and it reached 200,000 sales in December 2015 (Silver).
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QUOTE(PaulM1983 @ Oct 26 2018, 12:10 PM) *
It's a disgrace that Callum Scott's version of Dancing On My Own is a million seller but the infinitely superior original has only sold just over 300k. What an injustice.


I am a fan of both versions, i do prefer Robyn's original but i listen to Callum Scotts version too.
That said, they feel like 2 completely different songs.
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I feel like Calum's take on Dancing on My Own ultimately misses the point of the lyrics, and the intended mood of Robyn's original. His vocals/the production are rather maudlin; sound-wise it really comes across like he'd more likely be curled up in a ball on his bed and feeling incredibly sorry for himself, as opposed to being out on the dance floor and continuing to dance in spite of the emotional turmoil. Robyn's version has an air of defiance about it that is totally missing from Calum's cover.
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I loathe that Calum Scott version with a passion! Why it sold so well I'll never know?

I'm glad that "Be Mine" is high on the list, it's such an overlooked classic.
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