Kings of Leon Covered Robyn's 'Dancing On My Own' & It's Better Than You'd Ever Imagine
Kings of Leon sounds pretty good normally, but if you're anything like me, you've often wondered before: "How would they sound covering Robyn?" Well, thankfully, someone at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge (often the source of brilliant bands covering brilliant songs — see Ben Howard's cover of "Call Me Maybe") was thinking this as well, and made it happen: Kings of Leon, in the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, covering that Robyn song everyone knows all the words to, "Dancing On My Own."
It's nothing like the original, so don't expect the same dance-y beats as in Robyn's version — but that is, of course, part of the beauty of this interpretation. Kings of Leon's version is a bit more hazy, heavier with guitars, and darker with the pain you can hear in Caleb Followill's deep voice.
The lyrics are the same, but this version captures the sorrow and loneliness missing from Robyn's upbeat, optimistic version; He's alone, watching the one he loves with another, and he knows he'll never be with them again.
Also a plus: Kings of Leon opted not to change the genders in the song, which is common when an artist of another gender covers a track — it's an annoying practice that unnecessarily changes a song, and one that thankfully did not taint this cover.
You can check it out below.