Raconteurs drummer Patrick Keeler told Uncut the story of this song:
"I've gotten to witness Jack's songs all differently, from being in a crowd or sharing the stage or in the studio. Obviously I have a personal connection to Blue Veins, because I play drums on it, but I always liked it when Jack would sometimes not do stuff on guitar. On that song in the studio who played piano. I liked a lot of Jack's ballads.
Live, it turned into an insane, long guitar version that was just epic."
"Cruise" climbed from 6-5 on the Hot 100 in its 34th week. In doing so it set a record for the slowest ascent to the Top 5 in the chart's history, which was beaten by Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive" 42-week clamber to #4 three weeks later.