Leave a Light On

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"Leave a Light On"
Single by Belinda Carlisle
from the album Runaway Horses
Released September 1989
Format CD, 7", 12"
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:15
Label MCA, Virgin
Writer(s) Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley
Producer(s) Rick Nowels
Certification Platinum (ARIA)
Silver (BPI)
Belinda Carlisle singles chronology
"Love Never Dies"
"Leave a Light On"
"La Luna"

"Leave a Light On" is a pop song written by Rick Nowels and Ellen Shipley, produced by Nowels for Belinda Carlisle's third solo album Runaway Horses (1989). It was released as the album's first single in the end of 1989 as a CD single, 7" single and a 12" single.

The song reached within the top ten position in Australia, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Canada, Netherlands and the UK making it one of her biggest hits to date. In the U.S. it peaked at number 11. "Leave a Light On'" features former Beatle George Harrison on the slide guitar.

The single can be heard in a 1991 episode of the TV sitcom Out of This World entitled "I Want My Evie TV".

There are four versions of the song: The album version, and the 7" Edit of the song, this versions were mixed by Shelly Yakus and Steve McMillan. The other two are the Extended Mix and the edit of this mix, called the Kamikazee mix, the later included on Carlisle's "Vision of You" CD single, Jason Corsaro made these two mixes.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Peter Care.[1]


The US 7" B-side is "Shades Of Michael Angelo" (LP Version) 5:52

Track listing[edit]

CD single
  1. "Leave a Light On"
  2. "Shades of Michaelangelo"
  3. "Leave a Light On" (extended mix)
7" single
  1. "Leave a Light On" — 4:15
  2. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:46
12" maxi
  1. "Leave a Light On" (extended mix) — 8:05
  2. "Leave a Light On" (7" version) — 4:15
  3. "Shades of Michaelangelo" — 5:46



Cover versions[edit]

A eurotrance cover version of the song by Dream Factory featuring Jessica Palmer was released in 2007.

In 2013, retro synthpop producer/remixer Yisraelee produced a cover version of the track.


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  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Top Singles - Volume 47, No. 11, January 13, 1990". RPM. Retrieved August 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Carlisle,Belinda > Leave A Light On – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  6. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – Search for song". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Belinda Carlisle – I Get Weak". Top Digital Download.
  8. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On". Top 40 Singles.
  10. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On". Singles Top 60.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On". Swiss Singles Chart.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 1989-10-26" UK Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "Belinda Carlisle Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Belinda Carlisle.
  14. ^ "Belinda Carlisle Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Belinda Carlisle.
  15. ^ "1989 Dutch Singles Chart" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  16. ^ "End Of Year Chart - Top 50 Singles of 1989". http://www.mostynhouseschool.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  17. ^ "British single certifications – Belinda Carlisle – Leave A Light On". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Leave A Light On in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search