Bright Lights (Matchbox Twenty song)

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"Bright Lights"
Matchbox Twenty Bright Lights Cover.jpg
Single by Matchbox Twenty
from the album More Than You Think You Are
Released August 1, 2003
Format CD single / Audio cassette
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk, pop rock
Length 3:54
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Rob Thomas
Producer(s) Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty singles chronology
"Bright Lights"

"Bright Lights" is a song by American alternative rock group Matchbox Twenty. It was released in August 2003 as the third single from their third album, More Than You Think You Are. The song proved to be a hit for the band, peaking at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The song is written by lead singer Rob Thomas, and is about a girl who leaves her hometown to pursue an unspecified career of some fame, possibly Broadway. Throughout the song, he pleads with the girl to let her know that she is encouraged to return home if things don't work out. According to Thomas, "Bright Lights" may be his favorite song he has recorded.[1]

Music video[edit]

The video is taken directly from footage released on the DVD show, Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty, and as such, is a live performance. As he also does in the studio version of the song, Rob Thomas plays the piano, and towards the end, Kyle Cook jumps atop the piano and plays a solo while the rest of the band jam out the song.

Track listing[edit]

  • Australia Maxi-CD
  1. "Bright Lights" – 3:54
  2. "Disease" (live) – 3:39
  3. "Bright Lights" (live) – 4:39


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 26
Brazil (ABPD)[3] 96
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 48
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 23
US Billboard Pop Songs 15
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 2

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Josh Armstrong (2009-09-09). "Rob Thomas rocks Cradlesong". Retrieved 2011-01-23. 
  2. ^ " – Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ " – Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights". Top 40 Singles.
  5. ^ Matchbox 20 Chart History

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