One of Switchfoot's most popular songs, "Stars" was released on Nothing Is Sound
, which was their second album on Columbia Records and continued their shift toward more secular music from their roots in Contemporary Christian music. When we spoke with Switchfoot lead singer Jon Foreman
, he explained: "I'm always looking to find order within the chaos. And sometimes when my life gets fairly chaotic, I'll take a walk outside. And in this one particular instance, I remember I'd driven off into the desert and was looking up at the stars. I had a pretty good view away from the city lights out in the high desert, and I remember thinking about the order and the perfection of galaxies of planets in orbit and traveling around space and thinking how chaotic the wars and divorces and riots on our planet must look from outer space. So that's where the song began."