With Every Heartbeat

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"With Every Heartbeat"
Robyn OrigSwedWithEvery.jpg
First release cover art
Single by Kleerup and Robyn
from the album Robyn (international edition) and Kleerup
Released10 January 2007 (2007-01-10)
Kleerup singles chronology
"With Every Heartbeat"
"Longing for Lullabies"
Robyn singles chronology
"Konichiwa Bitches"
"With Every Heartbeat"
Robyn US singles chronology
"Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)"
"With Every Heartbeat"
"Handle Me"
Audio sample
"With Every Heartbeat"
Music video
"With Every Heartbeat" on YouTube

"With Every Heartbeat" is a song by Swedish record producer Kleerup and Swedish singer-songwriter Robyn. It was first released on 10 January 2007 in Sweden and later on 30 July 2007 in the United Kingdom. It was released as the second single from the international edition of Robyn's self-titled fourth studio album and the lead single from Kleerup's self-titled debut studio album.

The song peaked at number one in the United Kingdom and reached the top ten in Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. In the United States, where it was released as Robyn's first single since "Do You Really Want Me (Show Respect)" (1998), it peaked at number twenty-eight on Billboard's Hot Singles Sales chart.

Background and composition[edit]

"With Every Heartbeat" is a song that runs for four minutes and thirteen seconds in its entire form. It is composed in the key of D major,[5] and is set in common time.[5] It has an unconventional pop song structure, with no distinct chorus. The song was composed in Kleerup's living room, where Robyn came up with the song's melody.[6] The string parts were originally arranged by Carl Bagge using Sibelius.[6]

A physical single was released in the UK on 6 August 2007. It was named as both Jo Whiley's and Scott Mills's "Record of the Week" and was A-Listed on BBC's Radio 1.[6] Robyn performed the song live on Radio 1 during the Jo Whiley Show on 8 August 2007. It also received strong support by Popjustice, who later ranked the single as the best of 2007.[7]

The song was released in the United States in January 2008. A remix version is also featured in the soundtrack of How to Lose Friends and Alienate People. It was also featured in the 2007 movie Boy A and on the video game Grand Theft Auto V.


Digital Spy's Alex Fletcher gave the song four stars (out of five) and wrote "'With Every Heartbeat' is reminiscent of 90s dance tracks by the likes of Robert Miles. [...] The laid back, coffee-table friendly styling of the track calls to mind Moon Safari era Air, particularly their forgotten classic 'Kelly Watch the Stars'. While the lyrics may be devoid of any emotional clout, they tumble along pleasantly enough while the bleeps and glitches provided by Kleerup nurture your ears."[8]

Steve Perkins of BBC Chart Blog praised the song for its lack of a chorus, writing "when you peel this song apart, it's actually very cyclical regardless: odd lines are repeated, but carefully chosen as if to reinforce the point that a new line just made. [...] There's a trembling quality to Robyn's voice in this song – as though she could fall apart at any moment but is keeping herself together by sheer force of will – which adds enormously to the fighting spirit of a song that is pessimistic without being bleak."[9] Online music magazine Pitchfork placed the song at number 46 on their Top 500 Tracks of the Decade list.[10] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 30 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[11]

Music video[edit]

Two videos were filmed for the song. Kleerup's version shows assorted scenes of life in New York City, while Robyn's version shows the singer walking among colourful building blocks and board game pawns. Robyn wears her trademark neckscarf and tights, which change colour as the song progresses. The stop motion animation moves in sync with the music. The song pans out halfway through the video to reveal that Robyn is miniature and in fact on a desk in Kleerup's studio. On display in Kleerup's studio is a vinyl copy of Barbra Streisand's album Guilty. The video finishes with the blocks featured in the video tumbling down while Robyn runs away from them, one successfully crushes her. This version of the video is a tribute to the animation of the highly respected late German artist Oskar Fischinger specifically his work entitled Komposition in Blau.

Track listing[edit]


Personnel adapted from CD single liner notes.[4]

Chart performance[edit]

"With Every Heartbeat" was Robyn's biggest hit in the United Kingdom, where it became the first number one, second top ten, and fourth top forty hit of her career. The song charted inside the top five on downloads alone the week before the song's physical release. The song has sold 430,000 in the UK in combined sales of purchased and streaming equivalent sales as stated by the Official Charts Company and 224,000 copies in the US according to Billboard.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
Sweden 10 January 2007 CD single
United Kingdom 30 July 2007 Digital download
6 August 2007 CD single
Republic of Ireland 3 August 2007
Germany 19 October 2007
United States 29 January 2008 Digital download

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Mulholland, Garry (9 December 2007). "2007: The best singles". The Observer. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ "With Every Heartbeat" (CD single liner notes). Kleerup, Robyn. Virgin Records. 2007.
  4. ^ a b "With Every Heartbeat" (CD single liner notes). Robyn, Kleerup. Konichiwa Records. 2007.
  5. ^ a b "With Every Heartbeat". Sheetmusicdirect.us. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  6. ^ a b c "Sibelius scores UK chart No.1". Sibelius.com. 20 August 2007. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  7. ^ "The Greatest Singles of 2007". Popjustice. 2007. Retrieved 10 April 2008.
  8. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "Music – Singles Review – Robyn & Kleerup: 'With Every Heartbeat' – Digital Spy". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
  9. ^ Perkins, Steve (30 July 2007). "BBC – Chart Blog: Robyn – 'With Every Heartbeat'". BBC. Retrieved 19 June 2010.
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  11. ^ http://www.nme.com/list/150-best-tracks-of-the-past-15-years/248648/page/13
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  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ - RADIO - TOP 100 and insert 200751 into search. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
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  17. ^ "Lescharts.com – Robyn with Kleerup – With Every Heartbeat" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
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  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
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  24. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
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  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Robyn with Kleerup – With Every Heartbeat". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
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  28. ^ "Robyn Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  29. ^ "Ultratop jaaroverzichten 2007". Ultratop. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  30. ^ "Dutch Charts JAAROVERZICHTEN - Single 2007". Dutch Charts. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  31. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 - 2007". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  32. ^ "Sverigetopplistan Årslista Singlar - År 2008". (The year-end chart needs to manually searched. Click Sök Alla Listor from the Navigering menu. On the pop-up window, select the Årslistor tab, then Singlar tab. Put the Valj år slider to 2008 and click Visa!). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  33. ^ "Danish single certifications – Kleerup (With Robyn) – With Every Heartbeat". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 27 November 2017.
  34. ^ "British single certifications – Robyn Ft Kleerup – With Every Heartbeat". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type With Every Heartbeat in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ Copsey, Rob (October 24, 2018). "Robyn's Top 10 hits on the Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 24, 2018.

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