Light is always a positive thing when it comes to music and there are many songs with light in the title. Every genre has at least one great song that discusses the light. This doesn’t necessarily mean that any song is holy, but it can certainly have these associated connations.
Listed below are 25 of the best songs about light ever recorded:
1. “Long As I Can See the Light” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival is a band that wrote many songs about the trials and bad side of the Vietnam War in the 60s and 70s. The light refers to a guide through life’s journeys. Many could relate to the war while others search to find that light at the end of the tunnel. No one wrote it better or sang it better than fronttman John Foregrity.
2. “Blinding Lights” – The Weeknd
We all need someone to love and love us back, otherwise our brains literally stop working properly. Being with someone you love dearly can literally light up your world, and the world around you. This song is rumored to be about Bella Hadid and the complicated relationship the Weeknd shares with her.
3. “Light My Fire” – The Doors
The Doors are one of the most iconic bands of the 60s and this song made them a household name. The light in this case is a woman that Jim Morrison is singing to. He is asking her to set his soul on fire with her love. It’s a classic rock song that has stood the test of time.
4. “The Light” – Common
Common is a very popular rapper who has won multiple Grammy awards. The light in this song is a woman that he loves. He talks about how she brightens up his day and makes him happy. It’s a very sweet rap song that isn’t as common these days.
5. “Here Comes the Sun” – The Beatles
The Beatles are one of if not the most popular bands of all time. This song was written by George Harrison and is about how the sun brings happiness and light after a long winter.
6. “Light Em Up” – Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy is a very popular band that has been around for many years at this point. This song is about being yourself and not caring what others think. The light in this case is being your true self, a great message for all.
7. “Turn the Lights Down Low” – Bob Marley Ft. Lauryn hill
Bob Marley is one of the best reggae artists ever. Lauryn Hill is a very popular singer who was part of the group the Fugees. This song is a love song about wanting to spend some time with that special person. The lights are usually turned down low when you want to be intimate with someone.
8. “This Little Light of Mine” – Various Artists
Chances are you’ve heard this song once or twice over the years (countless artists have covered this song at this point). This song is a gospel song about having faith in God and letting your light shine for all to see.
9. “Sun” – Two Door Cinema Club
Two Door Cinema Club is an indie rock band from Ireland. This song is about how the sun is a good thing, but it can also be dangerous. It’s a metaphor for how love can be both good and bad for you.
10. “Shine” – Collective Soul
Collective Soul is a Christian rock band that was very popular in the 90s. This song is about how we hope Heaven’s light can wash Hell away. It is a way to look at the light so we can see everything for what it truly is.
11. “The Light” – The Album Leaf
The Album Leaf is an indie rock band from San Diego. This song is about how life can be difficult but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.
12. “Lights” – Journey
Journey is a classic rock band that is still popular today. This song is about how love can be a guiding light in your life.
13. “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)” – U2
U2 is one of the most popular bands of all time (and one of the most long lasting bands at that). This song is about how God can be a light in your life when things are dark.
14. “Bring the Light” – Beady Eye
Beady Eye is a lesser known band on this list, but their discography is excellent. This song seems to transport us to the 50s within the first few seconds, making it a unique addition to this list.
15. “Hit the Lights” – Metallica
This song comes off the first album “Kill ’em All” and is one of the heaviest hitting songs. It is the first song ever written by Metallica and was the first song to kick off their concerts for many years, which the title says it all – It’s time to “Hit the Lights!”
16. “I Saw the Light” – Hank Williams
This is an old Southern Gospel song that was covered by many artists. Hank Williams did one of the best versions, in our opinion. Hank William’s death and the surrounding story around it make this song seem more fitting for his character, in a way.
17. “The Light Behind Your Eyes” – My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance was one of the very popular bands in the 00s. This song is about how we all have something special inside of us and we should never let anyone extinguish that light.
18. “Light Years” – Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam is a very popular band that has been around for many decades at this point. This song is about how life is short and we should try to make the most of it.
19. “One More Light” – Linkin Park
Linkin Park is a prominent band that led the music scene in the 2000s. This song is about how we all have something special inside of us and we should never let anyone extinguish that light. When you think of Chester Bennington, the song becomes more impactful and draws us into it’s lyrics further.
20. “Light On” – David Cook
American Idol winner David Cook released this song (one of his most successful singles) in the late 2000s. We all miss someone when we leave (or we watch them leave) but the sentiment of missing someone can be “lightened” by leaving the lights on.
21. “Flicker” – Niall Horan
Niall Horan is a member of the popular boy band One Direction. This song is about how love can be a flickering light in your life.
22. “Lights” – Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding is a very popular singer from England. This song is about how love can be a guiding light in your life when things are darker than normal.
23. “Light Up the Sky” – Van Halen
Who doesn’t love a little bit of old school Van Halen? This song from the late 70s will transport you back in time and get to rockin’.
24. “The Night the Lights Went Out In Georgia” – Reba McIntyre
This song is a story about how a brother is charged, convicted, and put to death for a killing that his sister did. The lights refer to the darkness when they go out.
25. “Harbor Light” – Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley was the king of rock and roll. This song is about how love can be a harbor light in your life when things are dark.