Passenger has been active on the Indie-rock scene since the early 2000’s. After fronting his band Passenger for six years, Michael David Rosenberg embarked on a solo career, keeping the band’s name. Since then, the singer-songwriter has released four studio albums and five singles. Here are the top ten songs in his discography.
“All the Little Lights” is the fourth track from Passenger’s fourth album of the same name. In a track by track interview with VH1 in 2013, Rosenberg explained that it was difficult to fully explain the song’s meaning and that he wanted fans to be able to relate to it without thinking about his personal experience.
“Whispers” is the title track from Passenger's fifth album of the same name. Lyrically, the song is about Rothenberg's initial feelings about fame and receiving attention from the public. In an interview with HMV.com, the singer-songwriter revealed that the track was one of his favorites on the album.
"Keep on Walking" is the seventh track on All the Little Lights. According to Rothenberg, the song's lyrics reflect his lifestyle at the time and how he lived out of suitcases and hotels for a significant amount of time.
“Scare Away the Dark” was released on March 28, 2014 as the lead single from, Whispers. The song's lyrics reflect the dependence people now have on technology. The song's accompanying music video, which was directed by James Lee, also explored a similar theme.
"Well if you can't get what you love/You learn to love the things you've got/If you can't be what you want/You learn to be the things you're not/If you can't get what you need/You learn to need the things that stop you dreaming/All the things that stop you dreaming," Rothenberg sings on the chorus of "Things That Stop You Dreaming." The song is the first track of All the Little Lights.
“Hearts on Fire” was released in April of 2014 as the second single from Whispers. The nostalgic song was a moderate commercial success, peaking at number twenty-six in Australia and number sixty-three in the UK.
"Life's For the Living" is the ninth track on All the Little Lights. Lyrically, the song is about how hard it can be to focus on the moment, particularly with all of the distractions of modern technology. According to Rothenberg, the song was inspired by a concert audience and their use of phones during the show.
“Cause I'd love to feel love but I can't stand the rejection/I hide behind my jokes as a former of protection/I thought I was close but under further inspection/It seems I've been running in the wrong direction oh no,” Rothenberg sings on“The Wrong Direction.” The song served as the lead single from All the Little Lights. It peaked at number ninety-one in Belgium and number fifty-three in the Netherlands.
“Holes” served as the third single from All the Little Lights. The indie-folk track was a moderate hit on the charts, peaking in the Top 40 in several countries but it failed to match the success of Let Her Go."
“Staring at the ceiling in the dark/Same old empty feeling in your heart/Cause love comes slow and it goes so fast/Well you see her when you fall asleep/But never to touch and never to keep/Cause you loved her too much and you dived too deep,” seven as the second verse of “Let Her Go.” The song was released in July of 2012 as the second single from All the Little Lights. It was a massive commercial success, receiving multi-Platinum certification in ten countries.