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Bright Lights (Matchbox Twenty song)

"Bright Lights" is a song by American alternative rock group Matchbox Twenty. It was released in August 2003 as the third single from their third album, More Than You Think You Are. The song proved to be a hit for the band, peaking at number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100.

"Bright Lights"
Matchbox Twenty Bright Lights Cover.jpg
Single by Matchbox Twenty
from the album More Than You Think You Are
ReleasedAugust 1, 2003
Songwriter(s)Rob Thomas
Producer(s)Matt Serletic
Matchbox Twenty singles chronology
"Bright Lights"



The song is written by lead singer Rob Thomas, and is about a girl who leaves her hometown to pursue an unspecified career of some fame, possibly Broadway. Throughout the song, he pleads with the girl to let her know that she is encouraged to return home if things don't work out. According to Thomas, "Bright Lights" may be his favorite song he has recorded.[1]

Music videoEdit

The video is taken directly from footage released on the DVD Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty, and as such, is a live performance. As he also does in the studio version of the song, Rob Thomas plays the piano, and towards the end, Kyle Cook jumps atop the piano and plays a solo while the rest of the band jam out the song.

Track listingEdit

  • Australia Maxi-CD
  1. "Bright Lights" – 3:54
  2. "Disease" (live) – 3:39
  3. "Bright Lights" (live) – 4:39


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 26
Brazil (ABPD)[3] 96
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 48
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 23
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[6] 2
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[7] 15

In popular cultureEdit


  1. ^ Josh Armstrong (2009-09-09). "Rob Thomas rocks Cradlesong". Retrieved 2011-01-23.
  2. ^ " – Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  4. ^ " – Matchbox Twenty – Bright Lights". Top 40 Singles.
  5. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Matchbox Twenty Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.

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