Gay Tunes

Robyn’s ‘Dancing On My Own’ Feels Like a Gay Anthem Even Though It Wasn’t Marketed That Way

I have never thought of “Dancing on My Own’” as a gay anthem, but hearing it put that way doesn’t surprise me. Gay culture has always had to embody outsidership. I think we’re all just scared to be lonely. We all want to be loved and we all want to be seen. When you’re different on a very basic level, that feeling is going to be with you more often than someone who doesn’t have to face what being an outsider is really like. I think it’s a song about being on the outside — very physically — and if it feels like a gay anthem then I take that as a super compliment.

— Swedish singer Robyn talks to OUT magazine about the pop industry and why gay anthems don’t have to be shoved down our throats to make it to our hearts.