Hearts on Fire (Illenium, Dabin and Lights song)

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"Hearts on Fire"
Hearts on Fire Illenium.jpg
Single by Illenium and Dabin featuring Lights
from the album Fallen Embers
ReleasedDecember 25, 2020 (2020-12-25)
Label12 Tone Music
Illenium singles chronology
"Paper Thin"
"Hearts on Fire"
Lights singles chronology
"Hearts on Fire"
Music video
"Hearts on Fire" on YouTube

"Hearts on Fire" is a song by American DJ and producer Illenium and Canadian producer Dabin featuring Canadian singer-songwriter Lights. It was released on December 25, 2020 via 12 Tone Music.[2] The song was written by Illenium, Dabin, Lights, Taylor Dearman and produced by Illenium and Dabin.


About the song, Dabin shared in Instagram: "Nick and I always talked about making something but we could never find the right moment. With both of us being stuck at home it was the perfect opportunity to start something together and we’re so happy with how this one turned out."[3]


The song told a story of difficult relationship filled with uncertainties, and the chorus pleaded for clarity, asked for a sign which the relationship was still strong.[4]


The song merges melodic dubstep, rock and pop,[5] and it features multi instrumentalist and producer Dabin strumming out guitar riffs along with Lights' vocals. This one is more of a slow burn that progresses along with heart-wrenching vocals and swelling synths and is punctuated with spurts of powerful guitar chords and drum crashes.[6]

Music video[]

The music video premiered on January 14, 2021, directed by Caleb Mallery and produced visual effects by Nic Torres and Fractal VFX. Two separated lovers seek out each other once more. Sparks fly when the protagonists finally find each other in a room with an alluring, glowing orb as a mysterious figure reignites their flame.[7]


Chart (2021) Peak
New Zealand Hot Singles (RMNZ)[8] 16
US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[9] 11
US Hot Rock & Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 35


  1. ^ Kupfer, Rachel (December 25, 2020). "ILLENIUM, Dabin, and Lights Sleigh Christmas With New Collab "Hearts On Fire"". edm.com. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  2. ^ "Hearts on Fire - Single". Apple Music. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  3. ^ "ILLENIUM and Dabin (ft. Lights) Release Single "Hearts On Fire"". Umusicians. December 26, 2020. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  4. ^ Peterson, Saria (December 28, 2020). "Illenium, Dabin, And Lights Sleigh Collab On "Hearts On Fire" Single". Mix247edm. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Bonavoglia, Brian (December 28, 2020). "Illenium Teams With Dabin & Lights For "Hearts on Fire"". DJTimes. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  6. ^ Albrittain, Reed (December 27, 2020). "Illenium Drops Off A Christmas Gift With New Single "Hearts on Fire" Feat. Dabin & Lights". Thissongissick. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  7. ^ Scilippa, Phil (January 14, 2021). "Watch ILLENIUM, Dabin, and Lights' Poignant Music Video for "Hearts On Fire"". edm.com. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "NZ Hot Singles Chart". Recorded Music NZ. January 4, 2021. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  9. ^ "Illenium Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
  10. ^ "Illenium Chart History (Hot Rock & Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 15, 2021.
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