50 years ago, The Doors’ “Light My Fire” was at the top of the charts. Recorded in August of 1966, it was featured on The Doors’ eponymous debut album. The song entered the Billboard chart on June 3, and after a few weeks it had climbed to the top, reaching number one on July 29.
Although the song is credited to the entire band, it was largely written by guitarist Robbie Krieger. It was the first song he had ever written.
Watch Krieger discuss the writing of the song and the moment he realized he had a number one hit in the video above.
On Friday, in celebration of the anniversary, Rhino Records released a limited edition reproduction of the original 7″ single that was released in Japan in 1967. A new digital and streaming maxi-single with three different versions (mono single version, stereo album version, and a live version) was also released.
“Light My Fire” will also be included in the upcoming Doors The Singles release on September 15. The collection includes every single and B-side the band released in the U.S., all gathered together for the first time. The Singles will be available in a variety of physical and digital formats including a limited edition vinyl boxed set featuring twenty 7” replicas of all of the Doors’ singles.