Written by: Oliver Alexander Thornton, Resul Emre Turkmen, Michael Thomas “Mikey” Goldsworthy, Mark Ralph and Greg Kurstin
Produced by: Years & Years and Ralph
UK release: July 2015
UK chart peak: 2
King gave Years & Years the big breakthrough smash they needed, and its follow-up Shine established them as true long-term saviours of boypop.
Olly and co have an incredible knack for emotionally complex songs (Sanctify! Take Shelter! Even King!), but I love how… lovely Shine is?! How tentatively optimistic and shimmery it is, despite its melancholic edge. Also when it’s performed live and the backing vocalists do a full harmony on “lightning” and “shining” in the chorus, OOOH the feelings!!