Robyn: Pop Survivor

Jul 09, 2021 09:43

"As The Guardian clickbait-titled their 2018 article: “Robyn transformed pop music”, and they aren't wrong. Everyone from Britney Spears to Taylor Swift, Charli XCX, Teagan and Sara, and Ariana Grande have taken bits and pieces from Robyn's sound, persona and work-ethic. All this plus, Robyn's “Dancing on My Own” is one of the most perfect pop singles of the twenty-tens. But who is Robyn? How did she get here? And how did a 30-something Euro-pop artist outdo the greatest faces and producers in modern pop?"

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I'm sure most of us knew some of what's in this video already. But I know I had no idea that she was the prototype that made Britney and every other big pop girl of the 2000s, even possible. And this is a nice deep dive that explains not just about Robin's career but 2000s and 2010s pop in general. And how it became the dominant sound, replacing rock as the prime mover of youth culture, up to, in my opinion, this day. Enjoy!
Trigger warning: Max Martin is given prominent mentions due to his overwhelming presence in contemporary pop music.


2000s, robyn, 2010s