“Higher” is a song by the American rock band Creed. It was released on August 31, 1999 as the lead single from their second studio album, “Human Clay.” The song was written by the Creed members, lead vocalist Scott Stapp and guitarist Mark Tremonti. Creed gained popularity in the late 1990s and early 2000s with their post-grunge sound and anthemic rock songs. Upon its release, “Higher” became one of Creed’s most successful songs. It reached the top of the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and also performed well on other music charts. The song’s radio-friendly sound and accessible lyrics contributed to its popularity among mainstream rock audiences.
“Higher” is a rock ballad that features soaring melodies, powerful vocals, and a memorable chorus. The song’s lyrics touch on themes of spiritual yearning, seeking something greater, and striving for a sense of purpose and meaning. The chorus, with its repeated refrain of “Can you take me higher?” reflects the desire for transcendence and a deeper connection. Creed’s sound, characterized by Scott Stapp’s distinctive vocals and the band’s anthemic approach to rock music, resonated with audiences during their peak years. Other hits by Creed include songs like “With Arms Wide Open” and “My Own Prison.”
While Creed enjoyed commercial success during their active years, they also faced criticism for their perceived formulaic approach to rock music. Regardless of critical opinions, their music remained popular among a dedicated fanbase. “Higher” remains one of Creed’s most recognizable and enduring tracks. Its emotional resonance, memorable chorus, and powerful delivery continue to make it a favorite among fans of late 1990s rock music.