One More Light (song)

"One More Light" is a song by American rock band Linkin Park. It is the ninth and title track from their seventh studio album of the same name, as well as their last single with longtime lead vocalist Chester Bennington. The song was co-written with Eg White and was released to US contemporary hit radio on October 3, 2017 as the album's third and final single. It is Bennington's second posthumously released single.[1]

"One More Light"
One More Light Remix.jpg
Steve Aoki Chester Forever Remix cover art
Single by Linkin Park
from the album One More Light
ReleasedOctober 3, 2017
LabelWarner Bros.
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Darker Than the Light That Never Bleeds"
"One More Light"
"She Couldn't"
Music video
"One More Light" on YouTube
"One More Light" (Lyric Video) on YouTube

The music video for this song was also voted number one in a poll of Fuse Top 40 Videos of 2017 and is also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.


In late 2016, Shinoda revealed that he had worked with British songwriter Eg White on a song.[2][3] In an interview leading up to the reveal of the album's lead single, "Heavy", Shinoda revealed that White had worked with him on the song "One More Light" while Brad Delson attended the funeral of one of the band's friends.[4][5] When asked what he wanted to write about by White, Shinoda said that the only thing he could think about was the friend who had passed. He revealed that, in spite of the horrible inevitability of loss, the song is about letting people know that you care.[6][4]

Later on the band revealed the friend was Amy Zaret,[7] a 25-year veteran of Warner Bros. Records who died in October 2015 following a cancer diagnosis.[8] Shinoda said,

We had a friend who worked for the record label for a long time and came up with us from years and years ago. She started out in radio promo and was basically driving us to the local radio stations in the U.S. Midwest, eventually getting promoted and promoted. At some point last year, I suddenly heard that she'd got cancer - and then all of a sudden she had died. We knew we absolutely had to write about what happened. It's a sad song, but the pay-off is that when something dramatic and painful like that happens, the most important thing to do is to connect with the people you love and remind them you care about them."[9]

The band surprised some of the people who worked at Warner with the song, and people reacted very emotionally to it, with some weeping, giving hugs, and telling stories.[6] They played the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and dedicated it to their late friend Chris Cornell who had died a day before.[10]

After lead singer Chester Bennington's suicide on July 20, 2017, the band selected "One More Light" as their next single. Shinoda wrote "One More Light was written with the intention of sending love to those who lost someone. We now find ourselves on the receiving end. In memorial events, art, videos, and images, fans all over the world have gravitated towards this song as their declaration of love and support for the band and the memory of our dear friend, Chester. We are so very grateful and can’t wait to see you again."[11]

On October 25, 2017, American DJ/Producer and Linkin Park collaborator Steve Aoki released his remix of "One More Light", as his second tribute song to Bennington following his mashup, "Darker Than The Light That Never Bleeds", which was released a month earlier.[12]

Music videoEdit

The official video was uploaded to Linkin Park's YouTube channel on September 18, 2017, and directed by Joe Hahn and Mark Fiore. It features footage of Chester performing in the middle of fans, footage of him at live shows such as Live in Texas and Road to Revolution: Live at Milton Keynes, and past music videos for their past singles "Burn It Down", "Waiting for the End" and "Powerless", as well as the band themselves through the years. On making the music video, Hahn said:

It has been incredibly emotional to work on this, and especially to watch it. I feel that by doing it, we not only faced some of our biggest fears, but it enabled us to use our talents to bring some light to people that need it. As we move forward to the Hollywood Bowl show and beyond, I think about the people that connect with the band, outside and inside our circle. This video is a gesture of good will to the people that want that connection.[11]

Upon its release, the video racked up 3 million views on YouTube in the first 24 hours. As of Ferbuary 25, 2020, the video has reached over 190 million views.

Lyric videoEdit

On October 3, 2017, Linkin Park uploaded an official lyric video to YouTube. This video was created by Nicola Drilling and fans of Linkin Park from around the world. As of June 8, 2018, the lyric video has more than 5 million views on YouTube.[13]



Additional musicians

  • Guitar and piano by Eg White


  • Written by Mike Shinoda and Francis White
  • Produced by Mike Shinoda and Brad Delson
  • Vocal production by Emily Wright
  • Music performed by Linkin Park
  • Vocals by Chester Bennington and Mike Shinoda
  • Chester's vocals recorded at The Pool Recording Studio, London, UK
  • Mike's vocals recorded at The Warehouse Studio, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Music recorded at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA and Sphere Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Engineered by Ethan Mates, Mike Shinoda and Josh Newell
  • Assistant engineer: Alejandro Baima
  • Studio B assistant engineer: Warren Willis
  • Studio drum tech: Jerry Johnson
  • Mixed by Manny Marroquin at Larrabee Studios, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mix engineer: Chris Galland assisted by Jeff Jackson and Robin Florent



Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy (FIMI)[36] Gold 25,000 
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] Silver 200,000 
United States (RIAA)[38] Gold 500,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States October 2, 2017 Hot adult contemporary radio Warner Bros. [39]
October 3, 2017 Contemporary hit radio [1]


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