Lights Up

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"Lights Up"
Harry Styles - Lights Up.png
Single by Harry Styles
from the album Fine Line
B-side"Do You Know Who You Are?"
Released10 October 2019 (2019-10-10)
Format
Recorded2019
GenrePop[1]
Length2:52
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Harry Styles singles chronology
"Kiwi"
(2017)
"Lights Up"
(2019)
"Watermelon Sugar"
(2019)
Music video
"Lights Up" on YouTube

"Lights Up" is a song by English singer and songwriter Harry Styles, released through Erskine and Columbia Records on 11 October 2019 as the first single from his second studio album, Fine Line.[2] The music video was also released the same day on his own YouTube channel.[3]

Background and composition[edit]

In the days preceding the song's release, billboards appeared in several cities around the world with the phrase "Do You Know Who You Are?", which was connected to Styles after each of the posters featured both the Columbia Records logo and the acronym "TPWK", standing for "Treat People with Kindness", which has appeared on Styles' tour merchandise.[4] A website also named "Do You Know Who You Are?" that offered compliments to users who entered their name on it was also set up.[5] Styles revealed the cover art and song title on his social media on 11 October 2019.[6]. The song is composed in the key of A♯ minor.

Critical reception[edit]

Jon Caramanica of The New York Times wrote that the song is a "soft-touch re-entry into the pop slipstream. Somewhere between '70s soft rock, lite disco and indie pop, it doesn't ask much more of Styles's voice than a gentle coo, and surrounds it with a plangent sparkle." Nicholas Hautman of Us Weekly described the song as a "groovy, melodic track".[2] Roisin O'Connor of The Independent gave the song 4 out of 5 stars, calling "Lights Up" "Styles's most assured song to date. And described the song as “a piano and guitar-based track drenched in California Dreamin' vibes and loaded with psychedelic grooves”. His vocals are surprisingly airy compared to the sharper delivery of earlier cuts; you could easily interpret lyrics as a comment on fame, or else perhaps his embracing of his own identity."[7]

Laura Snapes of The Guardian also gave a positive review, giving the song 4 out of 5 stars, calling the track a "soulful, enigmatic return" and also wrote: "It is laced with surprises – the looping, stilted pre-chorus cracks the easy mood, and even the sound of a gospel choir gets processed to an unnerving intensity – and sounds nothing like his blandly secular British male peers, or the narcotised synth-pop that’s dominated this year".[8] Craig Jenkins of Vulture praised the song, calling it "a breezy tune for the start of hoodie weather and an encouraging sentiment for a day about celebrating what makes all of us unique"; Jenkins also noted that "'Lights' sounds like the kind of well-tailored pop the band would've gotten to if it had a few more years to work with, but like Harry Styles, it's packed with organic flourishes, guitars galore, gorgeous piano notes scattered over top of the bridge and chorus, and a barely audible touch of what sounds like Mellotron, ground control saluting our fallen Major Tom". Jenkins also noted that the song was released during the National Coming Out Day in the States.[9]

Anna Gaca of Pitchfork's review was positive as well, saying that Styles "[he]'s nothing if not a talented showman" and also that "with its winding, psychedelic pre-chorus, the song seems designed to wriggle through the strictures of pop songwriting. It's less than three minutes but its strangeness makes it feel longer".[10] Matt Bellassai called the song a "bisexual bop".[11] Capital radio station and Gay Times called the song a "bisexual anthem" based on its music video.[12][13]

Live performances[edit]

On 16 November 2019, Styles performed the song for the first time on Saturday Night Live, on Later... with Jools Holland, and on Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2019.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on 11 October 2019, directed by Vincent Haycock[14][15] Joalin Loukamaa of pop group Now United appears in the video.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[17]
No.TitleLength
1."Lights Up"2:52
7-inch vinyl[18]
No.TitleLength
1."Lights Up"2:52
2."Do You Know Who You Are? (Locked Groove)" 

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[19]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 7
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[21] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[22] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[23] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[24] 14
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[25] 10
Denmark (Tracklisten)[26] 30
Estonia (Eesti Ekspress)[27] 5
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[28] 20
France (SNEP)[29] 127
Germany (Official German Charts)[30] 50
Greece (IFPI)[31] 4
Hungary (Single Top 40)[32] 9
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[33] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[34] 4
Italy (FIMI)[35] 37
Latvia (LAIPA)[36] 4
Lithuania (AGATA)[37] 3
Malaysia (RIM)[38] 15
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[39] 36
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[40] 7
Norway (VG-lista)[41] 16
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[42] 29
Portugal (AFP)[43] 23
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[44] 6
Singapore (RIAS)[45] 14
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[46] 6
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[47] 65
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[48] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[49] 22
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[50] 3
US Billboard Hot 100[51] 17

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[53] Silver 200,000double-dagger

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

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Various 11 October 2019
[17]
Australia Contemporary hit radio Sony [54]
Italy [55]
United Kingdom 12 October 2019 [56]
Various Early 2020 7-inch vinyl
  • Erskine
  • Columbia
[18]

References[edit]

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