By: Staff –
To celebrate the release of Mike Ruby’s debut EP, You Wrote These Songs, the emerging singer-songwriter curated a brand new Spotify playlist, which you can stream below.
“My debut EP You Wrote These Songs is about dealing with the skeletons in your closet, mostly exes and relationships, so that you can make room for what’s next,” said Ruby. “I wanted to curate a playlist with songs about exes. Good exes. Bad exes. Exes you learned from … and didn’t. The O’s part is kind of that “Oh, that’s what happened” and the Q’s are the unanswered questions from it all. I have added 10 of my favourite Exes O’s and Q’s songs, and am also asking my fans and friends for theirs to complete this playlist.”
Canadian pop artist Mike Ruby has released his debut EP, You Wrote These Songs, via AWAL. Initially trained as a jazz musician, Ruby fell in love with pop music after touring with St. Lucia as their saxophone player.
Produced and co-written with Chris Hartz (Childish Gambino), Nicky Paul (St. Lucia), and fellow Canadians, JUNO Award winner Ryan Stewart (Carly Rae Jepsen), and Joel Stouffer (Dragonette), You Wrote These Songs displays Ruby’s distinctive contemporary pop sound. The result is a unique musical twist that fits into modern popular culture with an honest voice that cuts through the noise.
“Don’t Want You Back,” the focus track from the EP, is a song about the person you do want to forget. Pairing a sweet melody with blunt lyrics captures the feeling of liberation that follows the post-breakup realization of knowing your ex never really deserved you.
Avicii – “Without You”
This song puts me in all my feels. “you said you’d follow me anywhere, but your eyes tell me you won’t be there”. It’s the classic case of knowing it won’t work, but wanting it so bad. When the drop kicks, it’s the bittersweet taste that most of us sad exes crave, and onto the next.
Ariana Grande – “thank you, next”
Continuing on, there’ve been too many exes. I go back to my New York days, sitting outside of bars and seeing my first ex, meeting my second at a Columbia University bar, and the saga continues. I guess this song is a little more uplifting though because of the thankfulness for the exes, which I 100% relate to.
John Mayer – “Slow Dancing In A Burning Room”
The quintessential relationship doomsday song. I can’t even start to begin to tell you how hard I relate to this song. I even sang it to an ex, before I was a singer. IMO this is the most well-written break up song ever, the perfect imagery of slow dancing together in each others arms with everything falling apart around you, it’s perfect sadness.
Lauv, Troye Sivan – “I’m so tired…”
Alright, the first time I heard this song I was driving on a radio tour across the country, and I just started dancing in the car. After the first chorus, I knew the lyrics and sang along to the second and third one. This whole playlist is about love, almost every song is written about love, so this upbeat track about being sick of it is one of my favorites.
Halsey – “Without me”
Besides being an amazing topline, this song brings me back to the days of being so damn good to someone, and then having it thrown back in your face. I guess it’s kind of like my song “Don’t Want You Back (WTF)” but said in a totally different way. “Gave love 100 tries, just running from the demons in your mind” is a line that always struck a chord because there’s always the history and skeletons you’re dating, too.
Flume, kai – “Never Be Like You”
When I hear this, I go back to being at a festival. Flume is one of my favorite artists, I feel like he paints soundscapes that take you to a whole new world, and this is one of my favorite planets. The lyrics in this one speak to me too, I think we’ve all messed up before, but this one really hurts.
Chelsea Cutler – “Sad Tonight”
I love everything about this song. The lyrics are so real, the message vulnerable, and the music honest. I’ve had a whole lot of nights when I just go out drinking to feel sad, and I’ve always been someone to feel my emotions and dive deep into them, crawling through every corner of what it is that I’m feeling. For me, this song explains what it is that I want after a breakup. Let me bask in the sadness.
Billie Eilish, Troyboi “myboi”
This is the down part of the crazy emotional rollercoaster. I feel awesome every time I hear this track and start to forget about the ex for a minute because of how sick the production is.
Noah Kahan, Julia Michaels – “Hurt Somebody”
This song actually hurts me. It makes me reminisce on all of the good times from my exes, and there were so many. For some reason when I think of the good times with them, it’s actually painful, I guess because they are gone. Trying to avoid that inevitable hurt is something I’ve gone through so many times before, and the lyrics in this one wrap it up nicely. “So much to say but I don’t speak. And I hate that I let you stop me. Cuz it hurt when you hurt somebody”
Jon Bellion – “All Time Low”
OK. Jon is one of my favorite artists of all time. The Human Condition is an album I had on repeat when I was living in LA in 2019 for months at a time, and it transports me back onto the pacific highway driving from writing sessions to session, windows down, in the middle of the winter. “I’ve been trying to fix my pride but that shits broken” is probably my favorite line in the song. I just love that it’s a feel good song about feeling the worst you’ve ever felt, and ya, I love that.