This song is aptly titled, as it acted as a guiding light to the Now, Then & Forever album. Vocalist Philip Bailey told Billboard magazine: "When we got finished with that song someone mentioned to me that it sounded like a great Earth, Wind & Fire that people had missed all these years. Then I started listening to the music we had done to that point, and the 'Guiding Lights' song made me rethink the music we had and I said, 'We've got to go back to the drawing board to make these other songs more classic sounding' and just changed the whole course of the album."
This is one of six songs on Now, Then & Forever that was co-written by Bailey's son Philip D. Bailey.
Ronnie Dunn wrote "Boot Scootin' Boogie" before he teamed up with Kix Brooks to form Brooks & Dunn. It was originally recorded by the country group Asleep At The Wheel, but Brooks & Dunn did it themselves when it got its own line dance.