Light It Up (Luke Bryan song)

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"Light It Up"
Single by Luke Bryan
from the album What Makes You Country
ReleasedAugust 23, 2017 (2017-08-23)
FormatDigital download
LabelCapitol Nashville
  • Luke Bryan
  • Brad Tursi
Luke Bryan singles chronology
"Light It Up"
"Most People Are Good"

"Light It Up" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music singer Luke Bryan. It was released in August 2017 as the first single from his 2017 album What Makes You Country.[1] Bryan wrote this song with Brad Tursi of the band Old Dominion.


Rolling Stone Country described the song as "a moody production, underpinned by a programmed beat and choppy piano chords, while icy synthesizer fills lifted from Eighties new wave ratchet up the tension."[2] The song is an expression of unrequited love, with the narrator pleading for an unresponsive lover to "light it up", in reference to his cellular phone.[3]

Bryan wrote the song with Brad Tursi of the band Old Dominion, while Jeff Stevens and his son Jody produced it.[4]

Music video[edit]

A video directed by Michael Monaco was released on October 26, 2017. It features Jimmy Butler in the lead role, in anticipation of a text as described in the lyrics.[5]

Chart performance[edit]

For the charts dated September 9, 2017, "Light It Up" debuted at No. 20 on Country Airplay and No. 21 on Hot Country Songs. It sold 18,000 downloads in under two days and debuted at No. 3 on the Country Digital Song Sales chart.[6] The following week it rose to No. 2 on Country Digital Song Sales with 22,000 copies sold on a full week of sales.[7] It also debuted at number 76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of September 16, 2017. The song has sold 164,000 copies in the United States as of January 2018.[8] On March 5, 2019, the single was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over a million digital copies in the United States.[9]



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[18] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Whitaker, Sterling (October 6, 2017). "Luke Bryan Announces New Album, 'What Makes You Country'". Taste of Country.
  2. ^ Freeman, Jon (August 23, 2017). "Hear Luke Bryan's Chilly New Song 'Light It Up'". Rolling Stone.
  3. ^ Simanek, Jason (August 23, 2017). "Listen to Luke Bryan's Brand-New Single, "Light It Up" + Check Out the Lyrics". Nash Country Daily.
  4. ^ Stefano, Angela (August 23, 2017). "Luke Bryan Drops Brand-New Single, 'Light It Up'". The Boot.
  5. ^ "Luke Bryan's 'Light It Up' Video Stars NBA Player Jimmy Butler".
  6. ^ Asker, Jim (August 29, 2017). "Old Dominion Scores Third Country Airplay No. 1; Luke Bryan Shines 'Light' on Hot Country Songs". Billboard.
  7. ^ Bjorke, Matt (September 5, 2017). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Chart: September 5, 2017". Roughstock.
  8. ^ Bjorke, Matt (January 9, 2018). "Top 30 Digital Country Singles Sales Chart: January 9, 2018". Roughstock. Retrieved February 11, 2018.
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  10. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  11. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Canada Country)". Billboard. Retrieved December 14, 2017.
  12. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "Luke Bryan Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved December 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Country Airplay Songs – Year-End 2017". Billboard. Retrieved December 18, 2017.
  16. ^ "Hot Country Songs – Year-End 2018". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2018.
  17. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Luke Bryan – Light It Up". Music Canada. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  18. ^ "American single certifications – Luke Bryan – Light It Up". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 15, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.