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10 Hot and Blazing Songs about Fire

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If there’s one element that artists love to sing about, it’s fire. We can’t blame them because of how fire is so similar to many human emotions like love, like a sense of adventure, and even heartbreak.

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Below are some famous songs about fire that recount the many ways we can liken fire to the human experience.

Alicia Keys – Girl on Fire

What is a girl on fire? According to Alicia Keys, before making this record, she felt like a lion locked in a cage. But when she decided to stop making excuses for any part of her life, she became a girl on fire – a girl that’s free.

Fiery lyrics: She’s just a girl, and she’s on fire

Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway

She’s living in a world, and it’s on fire



Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away

Oh, she got both feet on the ground

And she’s burning it down

Oh, she got her head in the clouds

And she’s not backing down

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Eminem feat. Rihanna – Love the Way You Lie

An abusive relationship can often feel like it’s burning you from the inside out and there’s nothing you can do about it. Love the Way You Lie is about Eminem’s abusive relationship with his ex-wife Kim. In the lyrics, you can see the conflict of loving someone and wanting to be together versus knowing that your relationship is doing neither of you any good.



Fiery lyrics: Just gonna stand there and watch me burn

But that’s alright, because I like the way it hurts

Just gonna stand there and hear me cry

But that’s alright, because I love the way you lie

I love the way you lie

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Jerry Lee Lewis – Great Balls of Fire

Great Balls of Fire is Jerry Lee Lewis’ signature song, and it’s clear why since it’s a fiery, upbeat tune that’s super catchy. The song is about a woman he meets during the height of his career. And she rolls in like a ball of fire with the way she rattles his mind and drives him insane.

Fiery lyrics: You shake my nerves and you rattle my brain

Too much love drives a man insane

You broke my will, oh what a thrill

Goodness gracious great balls of fire

I learned to love all of Hollywood money

You came along and you moved me honey

I changed my mind, looking fine

Goodness gracious great balls of fire

 

Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire

Despite being one Johnny Cash’s most famous tunes, Ring of Fire was actually written by his wife, June Carter. June compares her relationship with Johnny to a ring of fire because of his volatile and drug-filled lifestyle. Despite Johnny Cash’s rockstar lifestyle, June was able to turn his life around when they married in 1968.

Fiery lyrics: Love is a burnin’ thing

And it makes a fiery ring

Bound by wild desire

I fell into a ring of fire

I fell into a burnin’ ring of fire

I went down, down, down

And the flames went higher

And it burns, burns, burns

The ring of fire, the ring of fire

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Billy Joel – We Didn’t Start the Fire

What’s the fire that Billy Joel is singing about in this song? It’s all the disastrous effects of events that his generation had no control over. IN this song, he makes references to events like the Cold War and the Korean War, and even events further back like the reign of Joseph Stalin, Communism, and even the effect of the drug thalidomide. The song itself reads like a stream of consciousness about the events of the past and how we’re stuck trying to repair the damage.

Fiery lyrics: We didn’t start the fire

It was always burning

Since the world’s been turning

We didn’t start the fire

No we didn’t light it

But we tried to fight it

 

Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire

Those first few riffs are unmistakable. Sex on Fire was undoubtedly one of the sexiest rock songs of the 2000s. Lyrically, the writers admit that they wrote the lyrics because of how they fit in with the melody. But what they eventually created portrays a sensual moment between a couple in the throes of passion.

Fiery lyrics: Lay where you’re laying

Don’t make a sound

I know they’re watching, watching

All the commotion

The kiddie like play

It has people talking, talking

You, your sex is on fire

 

Adele – Set Fire to the Rain

Meme lovers just can’t enough of this song because of the irony of the lyrics, but little do they know that irony is actually the point. Like with most songs on her album 21, Set Fire to the Rain is about the futility of trying to get over that person who has changed her life so much. In an interview, she even says that the title came to her when she was trying to light a cigarette outside a restaurant while it was raining.

Fiery lyrics: But there’s a side to you

That I never knew, never knew

All the things you’d say

They were never true, never true

And the games you play

You would always win, always win

But I set fire to the rain

Watched it pour as I touched your face

Well, it burned while I cried

‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name,

Your name

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Scissor Sisters – Fire with Fire

When asked what this song was about, lead singer Jake Shears says that the idea for it came about when he was having a mental block. It was so bad that he thought it would be over for the band unless he came up with a song that’s catchy enough to sell. And in turn, he created a song that’s all about overcoming that moment.

Fiery lyrics: It used to seem we were number one

But now it sounds so far away

I had a dream we were running from

Some blazing arrows yesterday

You said, fight fire with fire

Fire with fire, fire with fire

Through desire, desire -sire, desire

Through your desire

 

Ed Sheeran – I See Fire

All you fantasy fans might know this song as the one that plays in the end credits of the Hobbit movie The Desolation of Smaug. The movie’s director Peter Jackson personally approach Sheeran to write and perform a song for the movie, and I See Fire was his emotional response to the movie. Ed Sheeran watched the movie, wrote the song, and recorded it all on the same day.

Fiery lyrics: If this is to end in fire

Then we should all burn together

Watch the flames climb high into the night

Calling out for the rope, sent by and we will

Watch the flames burn on and on the mountain side hey

 

Tina Arena – Burn

When you think about songs about fire, there’s no way you won’t think of this one. Unlike some of the more popular songs at the time, Burn isn’t actually an explicit love song. It’s about a singer urging someone to achieve their dreams with a fiery passion.

Fiery lyrics: Laugh for me, cry for me

Pray for me, fly for me

Live for me, die for me

I want you to burn

Burn for me baby

Like a candle in my night

Oh burn

Burn for me burn for me

 

What’s your favorite fiery song from this list? Let us know in the comments below!

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