A Light That Never Comes

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"A Light That Never Comes"
Single by Linkin Park and Steve Aoki
from the album Recharged
B-side "Until It Breaks" (Datsik Remix)
Released October 11, 2013
(see release history)
Format CD, Stream
Recorded 2013
Length 3:49 (Album Version)
4:40 (Rick Rubin Reboot)
Label Warner Bros., Machine Shop, Dim Mak
Writer(s) Linkin Park, Steve Aoki
Producer(s) Mike Shinoda, Steve Aoki, Brad Delson
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Castle of Glass"
"A Light That Never Comes"
"Guilty All the Same"
Steve Aoki singles chronology
"A Light That Never Comes"
"Can't Stop the Swag"
Music video
"A Light That Never Comes" on YouTube
"A Light That Never Comes" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

"A Light That Never Comes" is a song written and recorded by American rock band Linkin Park, in collaboration with American electro house musician Steve Aoki for the band's second remix album, Recharged. It is the twenty-sixth single by the band. The song appears as the opening track on the album while a reboot version produced by Rick Rubin serves as the closing track. In addition to the song being released in advance when Recharged was partially released early on September 16, 2013,[1] "A Light That Never Comes" was released to radio and made available to stream as a promotional single on digital music service Xbox Music on the same day.[2][3] The CD single was released on October 11, 2013.[4]

Background and promotion[edit]

A 48 second sample of the chorus and outro of "A Light That Never Comes".

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According to Mike Shinoda, "The coolest part about the song is it was really organic in how it came together ... Steve Aoki and I first talked on Twitter, and then we were emailing, and then we started throwing music back and forth."[5] In an interview on August 30, 2013, with Shinoda and Aoki, Shinoda said that they began working on the song "no less than a half a year ago". He said they did not constantly work on it, but "the ideas would flow whenever it was, you know, something new came up".[6]

HBO has featured the song in their 2013 fall preview advertisement.[7] The band released the song's official lyric video on September 16 when players from across the world unlocked the track on LP Recharge,[8] their first Facebook game.[9] The song was heavily contributed in the 2014 documentary film The Distortion of Sound, which features Mike and Steve.

Live performances[edit]

Shinoda, Bennington, and Aoki performed the song together for the first time at the Summer Sonic Festival on August 10, 2013, in Tokyo, Japan.[10][11] Aoki said, "we just kind of threw this show together like...it was very just raw." At the time, Shinoda said that there were no plans to perform the song again with Steve, however, he said "I imagine it will happen," but he did not know if it would be the same set up as the Summer Sonic show, or if it would be the full band and Steve. He said he could see both happening.[6]

On November 15, 2013, Mike, Chester, and Steve performed the song with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall.[12] On November 26, Mike, Chester, and Steve performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[13]

On January 9, 2014, at The Joint in Las Vegas, Linkin Park performed the song for the first time as a full band without Aoki.

Critical reception[edit]

Stupid Dope gave the song a positive review, saying "The track is packed full of dope energy, heavy melodic elements, and of course, the patented sound of Linkin Park, as they mesh together nicely with Mr. Aoki."[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

In its first week of release, the single sold 55,000 downloads in the US.[15]

Music video[edit]

On October 6, 2013, Joe Hahn confirmed a video for "A Light That Never Comes" is in production, by posting two behind the scenes pictures, and a short video preview on his Instagram account.[16] The video was released a couple of days later, albeit on several sites across the world appealing to their respective regions only.

The music video was then officially released worldwide on YouTube on October 17, 2013.[17] A behind-the-scenes feature of the video is on Dell's official website.[18] It features the band and a statue of Steve Aoki in a cyber world along with an unnamed actress.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "A Light That Never Comes"   3:49
CD single
No. Title Length
1. "A Light That Never Comes"   3:49
2. "Until It Breaks" (Datsik Remix) 6:00


A Light That Never Comes (Remixes)
EP / Remix album by Linkin Park and Steve Aoki
Released January 21, 2014
Recorded 2013-14
Length 31:88
Label Warner Bros., Dim Mak
Producer Mike Shinoda, Brad Delson, Steve Aoki
Linkin Park non-studio album chronology
A Light That Never Comes (Remixes)
Steve Aoki EP chronology
It's the End of the World As We Know It
A Light That Never Comes (Remixes)

A Light That Never Comes (Remixes) is the third extended play released to the public by American rock band Linkin Park and the second released EP by American electro house musician Steve Aoki.[19] It features seven remixes by seven various artists for the collaborated single, "A Light That Never Comes".[20] This is one of their few extended plays that were not released by Machine Shop, which was founded by the band's co-vocalist Mike Shinoda. The whole album was available on Aoki's and Dim Mak's official YouTube channel.[21][22]


A Light That Never Comes (Remixes) features remixes EDM remixes of the single. The EP was confirmed by the band on their Facebook page. The EP included artists like Rick Rubin, Angger Dimas, Coone and various others. The Vicetone remix was originally available for digital download when people Shazamed Linkin Park and Steve Aoki's performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! straight to their own mobile phones or other electronic communication uses, which was recorded and aired on TV on November 26, 2013. The remix was actually a winner of the A LIGHT THAT NEVER COMES remix contest by the fan club of the band. The reboot by Rick Rubin for the song was also included in the band's second remix album, Recharged. It served as the closing track of the album.


The EP was not promoted well but still it was commercially a success by the online shopping websites. For the promotion of the EP, there were two music videos for the Coone remix and the Vicetone remix, which were available on their YouTube channels. The video of the Coone remix is a live performance and also includes some lyrics of the song, but it was not declared as a lyric video. The video was directed by Editz. The video for the Vicetone remix was a remix of the official video of the single, which was an animated video, taken from the official video of the song by the band and Steve Aoki.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "A Light That Never Comes" (Rick Rubin Reboot) 4:40
2. "A Light That Never Comes" (Vicetone Remix) 3:53
3. "A Light That Never Comes" (Angger Dimas Remix) 4:53
4. "A Light That Never Comes" (Twoloud Remix) 5:40
5. "A Light That Never Comes" (Coone Remix) 5:45
6. "A Light That Never Comes" (Vicetone Remix Dub) 4:57
7. "A Light That Never Comes" (Brian Yates Remix) 4:00
Total length:


Linkin Park
Additional musicians


Chart (2013) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 56
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[23] 21
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[24] 21
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[25] 51
France (SNEP)[26] 81
Germany (Media Control Charts)[27] 8
Ireland (IRMA)[28] 72
Italy (FIMI)[29] 30
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 20)[30] 15
Portugal (Billboard)[31] 47
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[32] 29
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[33] 73
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 15
UK Dance (Official Charts Company)[35] 8
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[36] 34
US Billboard Hot 100[37] 65
US Rock Songs (Billboard) 11
Japan (Billboard Japan Hot 100)[38] 71
US Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[39] 8
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[40] 7

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Worldwide September 16, 2013 Stream Warner Bros. Records
Austria October 11, 2013[4] CD
Worldwide January 21, 2014 Remix EP[41] Warner Bros. Records/Dim Mak


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  32. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
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  35. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Dance Chart.
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