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Ruby (Kaiser Chiefs song)

"Ruby" is a song by English indie rock band Kaiser Chiefs. It was released in the United Kingdom on 5 February 2007 as the lead single from their second studio album, Yours Truly, Angry Mob (2007). It became the band's first ever number-one single on 25 February 2007 and ended 2007 as the year's 10th biggest-selling single in the UK with total sales of 313,765.[1]

Ruby single.jpg
Single by Kaiser Chiefs
from the album Yours Truly, Angry Mob
  • "Admire You"
  • "From the Neck Down"
Released5 February 2007
FormatDigital download, 7", CD single
LabelUniversal Motown, B-Unique
Songwriter(s)Ricky Wilson, Andrew White, Simon Rix, Nick Baines, Nick Hodgson
Producer(s)Stephen Street
Kaiser Chiefs singles chronology
"Modern Way"
"Everything Is Average Nowadays"

A video single of the song was released in the United States at Best Buy stores on 13 March 2007, two weeks before the album was released there, and featured a live version of "Everything Is Average Nowadays" and the B-side "Admire You" (released on the UK 7" version).[2]

The song has sold 375,000 copies in the UK, as stated by the Official Charts Company. "Ruby" also was voted number 13 in the Triple J Hottest 100 in 2007.

Music videoEdit

The promo for "Ruby" was directed by Swedish production company Stylewar, who also produced the 2005 video for "I Predict a Riot", and features the band performing in a desert landscape whilst a CGI metropolis-like miniature city builds around them. The video was scheduled to be shown on Channel 4 at 11:35 p.m. on 15 January but was pulled from the schedules for unknown reasons. The video finally premiered on the official Kaiser Chiefs website four days later.

Track listingsEdit

  • 7 in (Special ruby coloured vinyl) BUN119-7
  1. "Ruby"
  2. "Admire You"
    • This song was also released as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of Yours Truly, Angry Mob.
  • CD BUN119CD
  1. "Ruby"
  2. "From the Neck Down"
    • This song was also released as a bonus track on the Best Buy edition of Yours Truly, Angry Mob.
  • Download
  1. "Ruby"
  2. "Ruby" (Live at Berlin Kesselhaus)
  • Best Buy stores video single UNIR 21804-2
  1. "Everything Is Average Nowadays" (live)
  2. "Admire You"
  3. "Ruby" (video) [2]

Charts and certificationsEdit

In popular cultureEdit


Ruby was prominently featured in the first episode of the ITV fantasy drama Demons. It was played during a scene in which the main character, Luke Van Helsing searches for his friend, who is named Ruby.


The intro to Ruby is used as the theme music to the BBC Radio university quiz programme The 3rd Degree, with Steve Punt.


Ruby has been played in many Ruby Tuesday restaurants and commercials to represent their brand. Plusnet, an internet provider, covered part of the intro in brass. This was because both Kaiser Chiefs and Plusnet are from Yorkshire.

Video gamesEdit

The song appears as a bonus track in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and is featured in Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits, Project Gotham Racing 4, SingStar Vol. 2 and Lego Rock Band. It also appears in Pro Evolution Soccer 2010. It also appears as a DLC in Rocksmith 2014

Cover versionsEdit

On 19 January 2011, Italian band Elio e le Storie Tese played a cover version of the song at the nationwide TV-show Parla con Me, with lyrics changed into a satyric reference to the Rubygate sex scandal, which then Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi had just been involved with.[22]


  1. ^ BBC Music. "Top 40 Singles of the Year 2007 ". Retrieved 2007-12-27
  2. ^ a b "Pre Album Single Offer - CD - Kaiser Chiefs".
  3. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. 6 October 2001. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  7. ^ "Kaiser Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  8. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  9. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Ruby". Irish Singles Chart.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 12, 2007" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40
  11. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  12. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby". Top 40 Singles.
  13. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby". VG-lista.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  15. ^ " – Kaiser Chiefs – Ruby". Swiss Singles Chart.
  16. ^ Turkish Airplay Chart Archived 5 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ "Kaiser Chiefs: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Top 100 Single-Jahrescharts 2007" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 9 July 2018.
  19. ^ "End of Year Singles Chart Top 100 - 2007". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  20. ^
  21. ^ "British single certifications – KAISER CHIEFS – RUBY". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 September 2015. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type RUBY in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  22. ^ "Elio e le Storie Tese performing satyric version of Ruby".

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