“Blinding Lights” is a song by Canadian singer The Weeknd that serves as the second single of his fourth studio album After Hours (2020). It was released on November 29, 2019, two days after the release of “Heartless”. The Weeknd wrote and produced the song with producers Max Martin and Oscar Holter, with Belly and Jason Quenneville receiving additional writing credits. A Chromatics remix of the song was released alongside the deluxe edition of its parent album on March 23, 2020.
“Blinding Lights” peaked at number one in thirty-two countries, including the United States and Canada, where it became The Weeknd’s fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100 for four and seven weeks, respectively. It also became his first number one single in Germany for ten weeks, United Kingdom for eight weeks, and Australia for eleven weeks, thus making it his biggest hit single to date.
“I said, ooh, I’m blinded by the lights
No, I can’t sleep until I feel your touch
I said, ooh, I’m drowning in the night
Oh, when I’m like this, you’re the one I trust
Hey, hey, hey
I’m running out of time
‘Cause I can see the sun light up the sky
So I hit the road in overdrive, baby”
The lyrics of the song reference the on-and-off relationship that The Weeknd has with model Bella Hadid. Throughout the song, The Weeknd sings about the rekindling of a relationship and the importance of his partner. The singer also mentions the city of Las Vegas, Nevada, where he refers to it by its nickname “Sin City” in the pre-chorus.
According to the sheet music published at Musicnotes.com by Kobalt Music Group, the record is written in the key of C minor with a Vivace tempo of 171 beats per minute. The Weeknd’s vocal range spans from the low note of F3 to the high note of C5. From its scale-laddering verses to its tension-filled chorus, the song exhibits the polish and “melodic math” for which Max Martin is renowned, according to Chris Molanphy from Slate.
Check out the music video for the chart topping record below: