Higher (Creed song)

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Creed Higher Single.jpg
Single by Creed
from the album Human Clay
ReleasedAugust 24, 1999 (1999-08-24)
  • 5:16 (album version)
  • 4:44 (radio edit)
Producer(s)John Kurzweg
Creed singles chronology
"What If"

"Higher" is a song by American rock 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.


According to an interview with Loudwire, in an episode of "Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction", Mark Tremonti revealed that the song was a culmination of improvising live onstage. During their earliest shows, vocalist Scott Stapp would placate the audience by goading his bandmates to come up with a song live on the spot. Scott was the first to begin playing the drum set piece, with Mark later entering the chord progression associated with the song. After reviewing the tapes of the show, as they had always recorded their performances for later review, they decided that the song was worth working out in the studio.[2] Later on, in another episode of Loudwire's "Wikipedia: Fact Or Fiction?" Stapp stated that the inspiration for the song came from a recurring dream that he had. In the endlessly present nightmare, Stapp would be hunted down and killed by an unknown assailant brandishing a firearm. Once he took up studying lucid dreaming, he was able to escape the gunman, and subsequently wrote the song as a memento towards the dream.[3]


"Higher" placed at number 95 on VH1's "100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs" in 2009.[4]

A Day to Remember version[edit]

American rock band A Day to Remember was set to play at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. The problem was that lead singer, Jeremy McKinnon, was running late due to his flight. The band told the crowd that they needed a singer, and Creed vocalist, Scott Stapp volunteered for to perform with the band. Until McKinnon's arrival, "Higher" and A Day to Remember's song "All I Want" was performed with Stapp.

In popular culture[edit]

  • "Higher" appeared in the films The Skulls and 22 Jump Street.[5] The song had also appeared in the official trailers for Titan A.E..[6]
  • The book The Ishbane Conspiracy mentions the song.
  • The song was released as downloadable content for the musical video game, Rock Band 2.
  • In the film Neighbors, the fraternity boys of Delta Psi sang the first sentence from the chorus during the meeting after reciting their version of Sigma Nu's creed.

Chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1999–2000) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 36
Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD)[8] 70
Canada Rock/Alternative Chart (RPM) 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[9] 91
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 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[11] 11

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edwards, Gavin (September 2000), "Sea of Fire", Spin, archived from the original on 2007-09-28
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h5VvBpxuQc
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNTO2orJs3I
  4. ^ "spreadit.org". Archived from the original on February 12, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2009.
  5. ^ Leas, Ryan (June 30, 2014). "The Best Soundtrack Moments Of June 2014: 22 Jump Street, Rectify, The Leftovers, & More". Stereogum. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  6. ^ Mendelson, Scott (February 16, 2016). "Terrific New 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' TV Spot Will Give You Pink Eye". Forbes. Retrieved December 11, 2016.
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Creed – Higher". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  9. ^ "Musicline.de – Creed Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  10. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Creed – Higher" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  11. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Archived from the original on 2009-03-04. Retrieved 2010-08-31.

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