“Habits (Stay High)” is a song by Swedish singer Tove Lo from her debut extended play, Truth Serum, and her debut studio album, Queen of the Clouds (2014). It was written by Lo with Ludvig Söderberg and Jakob Jerlström and produced by the latter two under the production name The Struts. Initially, the singer self-released the song under the title “Habits” on 25 March 2013 as her second single.
After Lo was signed to Universal Music, the track was re-released on 6 December 2013 under the title of “Habits (Stay High)” as both the second single from Truth Serum and the lead single from Queen of the Clouds. Musically, it is a pop and electropop song which features a minimal and upbeat electronic instrumentation. Its lyrics details the singer’s attempts to forget her previous significant other through drinking and other hedonistic pleasures. Consequently, some critics and Lo herself noted a contrast between the song’s production and its lyrical content.
“Habits (Stay High)” was well received by most critics, who commended its lyrics and production. The track became a sleeper hit; it entered the music charts in 2014, one year after its original release. It peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and became the highest-charting song by a Swedish artist on that chart since “The Sign” by Ace of Base peaked at number one in 1994.
It was certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and sold over 2.6 million copies in the country. The song topped the charts in Poland and Romania, and peaked inside the top ten in Austria, Canada, France and Switzerland, among others.