The Philadelphia Phillies recently went viral for their taste in music.
After kicking off an unexpected playoff run, the players celebrated in the locker room with crushed champagne and a rallying cry. Their favorite song? “Dancing on my own.”
How did ‘Dancing on My Own’ become the Phillies song?
“There’s no deeper meaning or backstory, other than it’s an absolute blast and we love to sing it in the locker room,” Phillies catcher Garrett Stubbs — who accidentally became the team’s DJ — told MLB.com. “After a win we play ‘Dancing on My Own’, ‘Cold Heart’ and a few more. We’ve been playing those numbers since the beginning of the season. They come in order of wins, so everyone knows which songs are going to play and everyone knows the words to those songs.”
Important to note: The Boston Red Sox went viral for the first time celebrating a win to the song in 2021which paved the way for the song to be seen as an acceptable victory song.
Stubbs added: “I hope if we win a few games here in the NLDS, we’ll have Philly play ‘Dancing on My Own’ and ‘Cold Heart’ around the bars.”
Days later, the City of Brotherly Love seemed to officially pick the tune as the team’s playoff song, as they progress to the World Series, during games, and even in public areas of the city to cheer up residents.
However, the city chose Calum Scott’s acoustic version, which was later remixed by Tiesto, not the original by Swedish pop superstar Robyn.
The internet went fast and responded with, “Say what now?” Here we look back at the song’s storied history and what fans are saying about it.
Who originally sang ‘Dancing on My Own’?
“Dancing Alone” appeared as the lead single to Robyn’s 2010 album “Body Talk” Critics praised the song for being so heartbreakingly bittersweet and perfectly encapsulating the melancholic loneliness and thrilling freedom of being alone in the corner of a nightclub.
In 2021, Rolling Stone ranked Robyn’s original version of the song as the 20th best song of all time. Sandwiched between Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit” and John Lennon’s “Imagine,” “Dancing on My Own” is that decade’s highest entry on the list.
“Written with Stockholm-based producer Patrik Berger, the song turned Robyn into an iconic cult hero,” Rolling Stone wrote. “But it also became the template for a whole generation of young songwriters, from Taylor Swift to Lorde, in search of the ideal cocktail of glitter and sob. ‘This song is perfect for me,’ wrote Lorde. It breaks a heart.”
The song has been covered by countless artists over the years, but it was Scott who gained worldwide recognition for his haunting acoustic rendition. He performed the stripped-down version of the song on his YouTube channel, later he calls it as his audition for “Britain’s Got Talent” in April 2015.
With hundreds of millions of views, his version quickly became the introduction of the tune to many people and their only understanding of it. in 2016, it was remixed by Tiestoreturn the song to the club roots the song was originally intended for.
Now that version is in the center of the Phillies’ postseason, but many Philadelphia residents and music historians say the original should be the spotlight.
After local editor Billy Penn shared an email explicitly stating that the cover would be played by a real estate company to celebrate the Phillies’ success, Twitter recalled.
One person tweeted“This is fucking wiping Robyn.”
Another fan added, “Please. Stop Calum. It’s a… @robynkonichiwa song and her version pops and is much better. Calum is soft on purpose, the boys have to go harder. At least give her credit. I cringe when you say Calum’s song… ugh.”
“Can we agree that there’s only one version of Dancing on My Own and that’s Robyn,” one person wrote.
Another had this hope for the future: “If and when the Phillies make it to the World Series, could we please switch to the Robyn version of Dancing on my Own?”
While Robyn has yet to tackle the controversy, she probably doesn’t care as she still earns royalties from the much-loved song wherever and however it’s played.
But a lot of people have gone around with the fact that “Dancing on My Own” – who initially had a huge queer following and is considered by many to be an LGBTQ anthem – has made its way into the locker rooms of one of America’s most popular sports.
“The #Phillies Robyn’s party song Dancing On My Own is incredible,” one person tweeted. “You’ve got 40-year-old straight guys driving around town blowing up a Swedish gay disco club anthem and I’m obsessed.”