100 songs of the decade: Ruin My Life – Zara Larsson

 100 songs of the decade: Ruin My Life – Zara Larsson

Written by: Zara Larsson, DeLacey, Jackson Foote, Jamie Sanderson, Jordan K Johnson, Michael Pollack and Stefan Johnson
Produced by: The Monsters and the Strangers and Jackson Foote
Album: –
UK release: October 2018
UK chart peak: 9

Zara Larsson showed huge promise in her So Good era (not least with Lush Life!), but so far it’s the songs she’s been putting out from her pending next album that have shown her nearing her full potential. Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me and All The Time are both incredible but it’s Ruin My Life that sticks out as her absolute best-to-date for me.

The day this song was released, I believe I listened to it on Repeat One for… I mean it was a lot of hours. Many, many hours. About that complex feeling of missing a person who gives you the highest highs and the lowest lows, it neatly captures that willingness to overlook any and all fuckery (“I want you to ruin my life… if you make it all wrong, I’ll make it alright”), for better or – more likely – for worse..

Zara’s relatively restrained vocal performance is pitched perfectly, and those choruses – particularly the ones at the end – just make feel some type of way, every damn time. “Self-annihilating fatalism”, as Paper called it, never sounded so good.

  • 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.
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Shaun Kitchener


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