Bright Lights (Matchbox Twenty song)
|Single by Matchbox Twenty|
|from the album More Than You Think You Are|
|Released||August 1, 2003|
|Format||CD single / Audio cassette|
|Genre||Alternative rock, pop punk, pop rock|
|Matchbox Twenty singles chronology|
"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.
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.
- Australia Maxi-CD
- "Bright Lights" – 3:54
- "Disease" (live) – 3:39
- "Bright Lights" (live) – 4:39
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||48|
|US Billboard Hot 100||23|
|US Billboard Pop Songs||15|
|US Billboard Adult Pop Songs||2|
In popular culture
- At the 2004 MTV Movie Awards, the song was played during the Best Movie category for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
- Kris Allen covered this song on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2009.
- Josh Armstrong (2009-09-09). "Rob Thomas rocks Cradlesong". KnowTheArtist.com. Retrieved 2011-01-23.
- "Australian-charts.com – Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- "Charts.org.nz – Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights". Top 40 Singles.
- Matchbox 20 Chart History
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