Who sang 'Dancing On My Own'? Watch Philadelphia Orchestra playing Phillies anthem ahead of World Series

Who sang 'Dancing On My Own'? Watch Philadelphia Orchestra playing Phillies anthem ahead of World Series
The Philadelphia Orchestra performed Swedish pop singer Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own' (Mike Coppola/Getty/The Philadelphia Orchestra/Youtube)

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA: The Philadelphia Orchestra performed 'Dancing On My Own,' a song by the Swedish pop singer Robyn, at the Kimmel Center as the hit song has become the players' locker room anthem at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies' preferred version of the Robyn original is the one covered by Calum Scott and Tiesto. Scott even stated that he would be "down" to sing the song during the World Series in the area.

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As a tribute to their team, the Philadelphia Orchestra musicians donned their best Phillies gear and played an orchestral arrangement of 'Dancing On My Own,' unleashing the power of their collective talent. It was recorded and released as an online video, with the thumbnail saying, "let's go Phillies." The 2010 hit song was featured on Robyn's album Body Talk, Part 1. 

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The orchestra acknowledged that 'Dancing On My Own' had become the team's anthem for the 2022 campaign, but they didn't commission an arrangement of the song from Nashville-based composer and conductor Jim Gray until after the Phillies had won the National League Championship. "We have so many die-hard Phillies fans in the orchestra and in the orchestra leadership, we knew we wanted to do something to celebrate the Phillies," said Jonathan Rothman. "We also did not want to be the ones to jinx it."

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In under 36 hours, Gray completed the orchestral arrangement of the chorus alone. He worked rapidly and with tremendous enthusiasm. The orchestra practiced and recorded a 45-second segment of the song in time for the first game.


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Despite the fact that the original version of "Dancing on My Own" by Robyn failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, it gained a cult following during the past ten years that placed it on the verge of being popular. The Guardian named it the best song of 2010 and popstar Lorde used the single as inspiration for her second album 'Melodrama.'

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"Gay culture has always had to embody outsidership," Robyn told OUT magazine. "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." Robyn’s 'Dancing on My Own' plays regularly in a lot of gay clubs as some have also connected the song’s theme of acute loneliness to the experience of coming out.

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