The song is based on the track "Sepheryn", which was written by Curtiss Muldoon and Dave Curtis. William Orbit re-recorded the song with vocalist Christine Leach before he started working with Madonna. When Madonna recorded the Ray of Light album with William Orbit at the helm, they decided to alter the song's melody and instrumentation but retain the lyrics of "Ray of Light" with only a few changes. The original track "Sepheryn" can be heard on Curtiss Muldoon's album, which was released in October 2000: Sepheryn: Ray Of Light. The lyrics reflect Madonna's interest in spirituality and her faith in the teachings of Kabbalah. The singer explained that the 1996 birth of her daughter, Lourdes, prompted her to "search for answers to questions I'd never asked myself before," leading her to the religion.
The song is an up-tempo electronic dance-pop song which contains strong techno tendencies and influences of trance music. A "sonically progressive" track, it also incorporates elements of rock music, with a prominent electric guitar riff. The melody also has several sound effects, including whistles and bleeps.
- "Ray of Light", along with eleven other songs, is referenced in Madonna's 2015 track "Veni Vidi Vici".
|Released||February 16, 1998|
|Filmed||New York, LA|
|VEVO views||3+ Million Views|