Stars (Grace Potter and the Nocturnals song)

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Single by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
from the album The Lion the Beast the Beat
Released 2012
Format CD
Genre Rock
Length 3:35
Label Hollywood
Writer(s) Lyrics: Grace Potter
Music: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Producer(s) Jim Scott
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals singles chronology
"Never Go Back"
The Lion the Beast the Beat track listing
"Parachute Heart"
(Track 3)
(Track 4)
(Track 5)

"Stars" is the second single from Grace Potter and the Nocturnals fourth studio album The Lion the Beast the Beat and a follow-up to "Never Go Back", their debut single from the album. "Stars" is track #4 on the album.

The Deluxe Edition of The Lion the Beast the Beat also contains an alternative country version performed as a duo by Grace Potter and country singer Kenny Chesney.

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on August 24, 2012. It was directed by Philip Andelman, who also directed for Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

As of February 20, 2013, the song has sold 183,000 copies in the US.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

"Stars" was positively received by critics, deemed one of the best songs off the new album.


Amanda Brown, a contestant from Team Adam Levine in the third season of the American The Voice performed it on November 19, 2012.[3]

American Idol semi-finalist Nick Boddington performed "Stars" during the final round of Hollywood Week in Season 12. The episode aired on February 7, 2013.[4]

Emily Piriz performed this song during Hollywood Week on season 13 of American Idol which aired on February 12, 2014.

  • On August 3, 2014, Mannepat Molloy covered the song through The Round Of Thirteen on Rising Star.
  • On October 5, 2015, Shelby Brown covered the song choice selection on The Voice (U.S. season 9).