Higher (Creed song)

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Single by Creed
from the album Human Clay
Released August 24, 1999 (1999-08-24)
Format CD
Recorded 1999
Genre Hard rock, post-grunge
Length 5:16 (album version)
4:44 (radio edit)
Label Wind-up
Writer(s) Scott Stapp, Steven Harang, Mark Tremonti
Producer(s) John Kurzweg
Creed singles chronology
"What If"

"Higher" is a song by American post-grunge band Creed. It was released in August 1999 as the lead single from their second studio album, Human Clay. Vocalist Scott Stapp and long-time friend Steven Harang wrote the song about the power of lucid dreaming.[1] "Higher" was Creed's major breakthrough hit which helped to place them firmly in the American mainstream music scene. It peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 on the issue dated July 22, 2000, and spent 57 weeks upon the survey, which is the longest stay for any Creed song on the Hot 100. Furthermore, it topped both the Modern Rock and Mainstream Rock tallies in the process, setting a then-record of 17 weeks for longest stay at the top of the Mainstream Rock chart. It also charted in the top five on the Adult Top 40 chart.


The song was written after Stapp used Lucid Dreaming to stop a recurring nightmare he had been experiencing in which he was pursued and killed by a gunman. In the dream, he would turn left at the end of a highway and hide under a bridge, only to be found by his assailant and shot. When he had studied Lucid Dreaming and tried the technique, he was able to turn right and escape the gunman. Stapp stated that after he wrote the lyrics, he never had the dream again.


"Higher" placed at #95 on VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" in 2009.[2]

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Higher" is featured in many of the theatrical trailers for the 2000 film, Titan A.E. However, the song itself does not appear either in the actual film or its accompanying soundtrack.
  • "Higher" is featured in the 2000 film, The Skulls.
  • "Higher" is mentioned in the book, The Ishbane Conspiracy, written in 2001 by Randy Alcorn, Angela Alcorn, and Karina Alcorn.
  • "Higher" was released as downloadable content for the musical video game, Rock Band 2, in July 2010.
  • The song appeared in the 2014 sequel 22 Jump Street

Chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1999-2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 36
Canada Rock/Alternative Chart (RPM) 2
Germany (Media Control Charts)[4] 91
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 62
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 47
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Top 40 Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Pop Songs 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Position
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 11

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