100 songs of the decade: Mine – Phoebe Ryan

 100 songs of the decade: Mine – Phoebe Ryan

Written by: Kyle Shearer, Nathaniel Campany and Phoebe Ryan
Produced by: Kyle Shearer
Album: Mine EP
UK release: June 2015
UK chart peak:

I was drawn a lot to the airy variety of female vocal (think Ellie Goulding, Diana Vickers) at the start of the decade; definitely less-so as the years ticked along. But Phoebe Ryan cut me like a knife with Mine; a song that I think I found so affecting because of how… unassuming it is? The production doesn’t sound like it’s trying to pummel your heartstrings, and Phoebe’s delivery isn’t particularly dramatic. It’s just a quiet, reflective song about coming out the other side of an emotional clusterfuck and whispering to yourself, ‘yes, I think I’ll be alright actually’. And in that subtlety is, ironically, huge power. I absolutely adore this song.

  • I’ll be writing about my favourite 100 pop songs of the decade; one a day for the last 100 days of 2019. They’re in no particular order, except the Top 10 – which will (obviously) come in late December.
  • See the full list so far here.
  • You can follow the rolling, daily-updated playlist below, or here.

Shaun Kitchener


Scriptwriter for the theatre and TV (currently Hollyoaks) and freelance entertainment ~reportage.