Top 30 Songs with Angel in the Title
Angels are mythical beings often depicted as messengers of God in the Hebrew Bible, Christian Bibles, and the Quran. The term "angel" has been used to describe spiritual beings found in many oral traditions. The roles of angels include protecting and guiding human beings, and carrying out God's tasks. In the last 75 years, hundreds of popular songs have been released that discuss angels. Many times the lyrics examine heaven, death, and love. It can be comforting to think that someone might be watching over and helping us make life decisions. This article will examine 30 popular angel songs.
30. Slaughter - Fly to the Angels
Slaughter is an American heavy metal band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada by lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. The band reached stardom in 1990 with their first album Stick It to Ya. The record saw 3 songs hit the U.S. Billboard Hot 100: Fly to the Angels (#19), Up All Night (#27), and Spend My Life (#39). In July of 2011, Slaughter performed at the Halfway Jam festival in Royalton, Minnesota with Lita Ford, Cinderella, Skid Row, Stephen Pearcy, Kix, Quiet Riot, and Firehouse.
29. Alabama - Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us is a song written by Don Goodman and Becky Hobbs, and recorded by the American country music band Alabama. The song was released in December 1993 as a Christmas single from the band's 1993 album Cheap Seats. It charted twice on the Hot Country Songs charts. It features backing vocals from the Sanctuary Choir and Young Musicians Choir of the First Baptist Church of Fort Payne, Alabama. Alabama lead singer Randy Owen has said that the band received "hundreds of letters from all over the world saying that the song was a blessing."
28. Bobby Helms - My Special Angel
My Special Angel is a popular song by Jimmy Duncan, published in 1957. It became a crossover hit in 1957 for Bobby Helms. Helms version peaked at #7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and spent four weeks at number one on the U.S. Country music chart. In the United Kingdom, a version recorded by Malcolm Vaughan spent 14 weeks on the charts, peaking at number three.
27. Jon Secada - Angel
Angel is a 1993 hit song by Jon Secada from his debut album Jon Secada. It was a major success, reaching #18 on the pop chart, #1 on Hot Latin Tracks, and coming close to the top of the adult contemporary chart in the United States. It is a meaningful love song with great lyrics and a touching feel. Secada's debut album sold over 6 million copies around the world and was named one of the top pop records of the 1990s.
26. Hinder - Lips of an Angel
Lips of an Angel is a power ballad by Oklahoma rock band Hinder. It was released as the second single from their album Extreme Behavior (2005). The song was the band's breakthrough hit, charting in the Top 10 in the United States, and reaching #1 in Australia and New Zealand. The lyrics of the song deal with the singer describing his feelings when his favored girlfriend from his past calls late at night.
25. Ray Charles with Willie Nelson - Seven Spanish Angels Year: 1984
Seven Spanish Angels' is a 1984 single written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser and recorded by Ray Charles with Willie Nelson. It is the most successful of Ray Charles' eight hits on the country chart. The single spent one week at number one and a total of twelve weeks on the country chart. It is about a Mexican outlaw and his beautiful girlfriend who are trying to outrun a posse. When the pair are finally cornered and exhausted from running, they decide to fight the approaching lawmen with gunfire and are killed. The song reached #6 on the New Zealand singles chart.
24. Curtis Lee - Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Curtis Lee is an American singer of the early 1960s. Lee was twice over the beneficiary of 1961 music productions by Phil Spector, with Pretty Little Angel Eyes (U.S. #7) and Under the Moon of Love (U.S. #46). While working with Spector, Lee received instrumental support, and doo wop from an R&B vocal group, The Halos. The Halos appeared on Pretty Little Angel Eyes and would achieve further recognition by backing up Barry Mann on Who Put The Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp). In the UK, Pretty Little Angel Eyes was a minor hit record, peaking at #47 in 1961.
23. Angel - Jimi Hendrix
Angel is the name of a song written and recorded by Jimi Hendrix, first released in February 1971 on the posthumous LP The Cry of Love. In April of 1971 it was put out as a single, which failed to chart. In the U.S. the single was backed with Freedom and in the UK with Night Bird Flying. In 1972, Rod Stewart covered Angel on his album Never a Dull Moment. His version can also be heard in the 2000 film Charlie's Angels. In the United Kingdom, Rod Stewart's cover reached #4. Some of the lyrics to Angel were recited at Jimi Hendrix's funeral.
22. Steelheart - I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes)
Steelheart is a glam metal band based in Norwalk, Connecticut. They released their self-titled debut album in 1990. It sold 33,000 records on its first day in Japan alone, and quickly hit platinum status. The group's ballad She's Gone hit #1 on the International Charts, staying there for 17 weeks. She's Gone maintains its popularity in East Asia. The second single off the album I'll Never Let You Go (Angel Eyes) reached #14 on the U.S. charts, and was MTV's 2nd most requested video of the year. The album reached #40 in the United States.
21. Jeff Healey Band - Angel Eyes
Angel Eyes is a song written by John Hiatt and Fred Koller, for The Jeff Healey Band's first album See the Light (1988). It was first released as the album's second single in June 1989. Angel Eyes was a successful song and peaked at #5 in the U.S. It reached #16 in Canada, #79 in Australia, and #86 in the UK. The song was also the 17th highest selling single in the U.S. for 1989. It was used in the 1989 film Road House. In 2004, Angel Eyes was covered by Australian Idol series one contestant Paulini and became her first #1 single in Australia.
20. Martina McBride - Concrete Angel
Concrete Angel is a song recorded by American country music artist Martina McBride. It is a power ballad, centering on the main theme of child abuse and in a different context, bullying. The narrator tells a story about a 7-year-old little girl who's trying to deal with abuse from her alcoholic mother. In the end of the song, her mother beats her until she dies. Some people, like the girl's teacher, seem to notice signs of abuse, but just try to ignore it. Many people feel the single is one of Martina McBride's best and it is regularly featured on articles that examine lyrical achievement. Concrete Angel peaked at #47 in the U.S. and hit #5 on the Country Music chart.
19. U2 - Angel of Harlem
Angel of Harlem is the second single from U2's 1988 album, Rattle and Hum. It peaked at #9 on the UK Singles Chart, #8 on the Dutch Top 40, #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. It was written as homage to Billie Holiday and the lyrical content of the song refers to various New York City-area landmarks, including JFK airport, WBLS radio, and Harlem. It also refers to jazz-related history including John Coltrane and A Love Supreme, Birdland club, Miles Davis and Holiday herself ("Lady Day").
18. Train - Calling All Angels
Calling All Angels is the title of a 2003 song by the band Train. It was included on the group's third studio album, My Private Nation. The song peaked at #19 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in 2003. Calling All Angels was nominated for two Grammy Awards and has become prominent in popular culture, having appeared in many television programs. The song is also played at Angel Stadium before every Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim game while the video screen shows a montage of the team's history.
17. Rosie & The Originals - Angel Baby
Angel Baby was a 1960 single by Rosie & The Originals. The song was recorded independently on a two-track machine when lead singer Rosie Hamlin was only 15-years-old. Initially unable to find a label willing to distribute the song because of its unpolished sound, the group convinced a San Diego department store to pipe their master through the listening booths in the record department. The response from listeners prompted Highland Records to sign the band and promote the single.
The song reached #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in December 1960 and remained in the charts for twelve weeks. John Lennon recorded a version of the Angel Baby in 1973, eventually released on the Lennon box set and Menlove Ave. In the intro, Lennon calls it one of his favorite songs and says: "send my love to Rosie, wherever she may be." Rosie called it her favorite cover of the song.
16. Scorpions - Send Me an Angel
Send Me an Angel is a power ballad by German heavy metal band Scorpions, released on their 1990 album Crazy World. Along with Wind of Change, it became the album's signature track reaching a high chart positions in many countries around the world. Send Me an Angel peaked at #4 in Sweden and the Netherlands, #5 in Germany, #8 in France, #8 in Austria, #14 in Switzerland, #27 in the UK, and #44 in the U.S. The song has been chosen as the main theme for the Disney/Pixar's 2012 movie Brave. It is not to be confused with the 1980s dance hit Send Me an Angel by Real Life, which is also featured on this list.
15. Madonna - Angel
Angel is a song by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her second studio album Like a Virgin. It was released on April 10, 1985 as the third single from the album. Like a Virgin is one of the best-selling records of all time with over 21 million copies distributed. According to Madonna, the song was inspired by a girl who is saved by an angel, and then falls in love with him. Angel became Madonna's fifth consecutive top-five single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and reached the top of its dance charts. The song was also able to reach #1 in Australia and the top-five in Canada, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, and the United Kingdom. Madonna has performed the song only once, which was on her Virgin Tour in 1985.
14. Mark Dinning - Teen Angel
Teen Angel is a teenage tragedy song written by Jean Dinning and her husband, Red Surrey, and performed by Jean's brother, Mark Dinning and Alex Murray in 1959. The song was not an instant success and was banned by U.S. radio stations due to the lyrics. The song is about a girl who is out on a ride with her boyfriend when their car is stalled on a railroad track. The boy pulls the girl to safety, but then she gets hit by a passing train. Teen Angel went on to reach #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February of 1960 and #37 in the UK Singles Chart (even though it was banned from being played by the BBC). American rock and roll revival act Sha Na Na performed Teen Angel at the 1969 Woodstock festival. The original Mark Dinning recording was also featured in the 1973 film American Graffiti.
13. The Heights - How Do You Talk to an Angel
How Do You Talk to an Angel is the single version of the theme for the TV series The Heights, with Jamie Walters as lead singer. The song hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 1992, but the series was canceled exactly one week after the song fell from its number one position. Vocals on the single included Charlotte Ross of NYPD Blue and Glee fame. In 1993, the song was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics.
12. Real Life - Send Me an Angel
Send Me an Angel is a song by the band Real Life, who are a Melbourne-based Australian New Wave/Synthpop group. The song is about a man who asks himself whether he finds true love and has become the group's most well known release. Send Me an Angel peaked at #29 in the U.S. The single was a international success and hit #1 in Germany and New Zealand, #2 in Switzerland, #4 in Sweden, #6 in Australia, #9 in Austria, #18 in Canada, and #19 in Spain. The songs biggest chart success in the United States was in 1989, when an updated version entitled Send Me An Angel '89 surpassed the original version peaking at #26.
11. Merrilee Rush - Angel of the Morning
Angel of the Morning is a popular song that has been recorded numerous times, and has been a charting hit single for several artists. The song was originally written and composed by New York-born songwriter Chip Taylor. Taylor produced a recording of the song with his friend Evie Sands but the financial straits of Cameo-Parkway Records prevented that version's release. Other early recordings of Angel of the Morning were made in 1967 by Danny Michaels and by UK vocalist Billie Davis. The song finally became a hit in the summer of 1968 via a recording by Merrilee Rush. Rush's version reached #7 in the United States, #4 in the Netherlands, and was a #1 hit in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
The highest-charting and best-selling version of Angel of the Morning in the United States was recorded and released in 1981 by country-rock singer Juice Newton for her album Juice. Newton's version reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at #1 on the Billboard adult contemporary chart. More than 1 million units of Newton's single of the song were sold in the United States, and it reached the top ten in a number of other countries, including Canada and Australia. In the UK, Newton's version reached #35 on the UK Singles Chart.
10. Amanda Perez - Angel
Amanda Perez is a female American R&B singer-songwriter and record producer of Mexican descent. Perez scored her biggest hit in 2003 with the single Angel, which peaked at #20 on the U.S. Hot 100 sales chart. The single helped the album (also called Angel) to become a hit for Perez.
9. Phantom of the Opera - Angel of Music
The Phantom of the Opera is an operetta by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The music was composed by Lloyd Webber, and most lyrics were written by Charles Hart. The central plot revolves around a beautiful soprano, Christine Daae, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius. With total worldwide box office receipts of over $5.1 billion, including a Broadway gross of US $800 million, Phantom of the Opera is the highest-grossing entertainment event of all time and the most financially successful theatrical show in history.
By 2011, the Phantom of the Opera had been seen by over 130 million people in 145 cities in 27 countries. It is the most successful entertainment project in history. In the story, the title character Christine confesses to her best friend Meg (Madame Giry's daughter) that she knows her mysterious teacher only as an invisible "Angel of Music." The song Angel of Music is performed in Act I of the play and has become one of the show's most popular.
8. Aerosmith - Angel
Angel is a song performed by Aerosmith. It was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and Desmond Child. The song was released in 1988 as the second single from the band's massively successful 1987 album Permanent Vacation. It quickly climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, the second highest chart performance for any Aerosmith single, the first being I Don't Want to Miss a Thing (1998).
Steven Tyler has publicly spoken against Angel on numerous occasions. He was quoted saying on a radio interview in 1990 "The song was beautiful. It made me cry, but I heard it so damn much it drove me crazy! It became overplayed and at this point I'm so sick of it I never want to hear that song again". Since the Pump Tour in 1989-1990, Angel has become somewhat of a rarity at Aerosmith live shows.
7. Sarah McLachlan - Angel
Angel is a song by Sarah McLachlan that originally appeared on her 1997 album Surfacing. It is about the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who overdosed on heroin and died in 1996. Angel was McLachlan's second top 5 hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and peaked at #4. The single remained on the chart for a total of twenty-nine weeks. It was the 18th most successful song of 1999 in the United States. The song peaked at #36 on the UK Singles Chart.
6. Monica - Angel of Mine
Angel of Mine is an R&B ballad written by Rhett Lawrence and Travon Potts. It was produced for the British R&B girl group Eternal's Greatest Hits album in 1997. The song became the group's 14th top ten hit on the UK singles chart peaking at #4 and spent a total of 13 weeks in the chart. In 1998, the song came to American fame when R&B singer Monica covered it (with altered lyrics) and released it as the third single from The Boy Is Mine.
Angel of Mine was one of Monica's biggest worldwide successes, reaching #1 in the U.S. The song charted at #2 in Canada, #12 in Australia, #26 in New Zealand, #30 in Germany, and #55 in the UK. Angel of Mine was ranked #3 on the Hot 100 1999 year-end charts. It rated #62 on the U.S. 1990s chart.
5. Black Crowes - She Talks to Angels
She Talks to Angels is a song by the rock band The Black Crowes. It is the eighth track on their 1990 debut album Shake Your Money Maker and was released as the album's fourth single. The song made it to #30 on the US Hot 100 and hit #1 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. It peaked at # 70 on the UK Singles Chart. The song is allegedly about a woman who lost a child (one of the "angels" of the title) and who now copes with her pain through the use of drugs.
4. Shaggy - Angel
Angel is a number one hit song by reggae artist Shaggy featuring Rayvon. It was the follow-up to Shaggy's #1 hit It Wasn't Me. The song was number one in the U.S. for the week of March 31, 2001. Angel was an international hit for Shaggy and reached #1 in the UK, Australia, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The song was the 44th best-selling single of the 2000 decade in the UK. Angel uses the bass line from The Joker by Steve Miller (1973), and also borrows from Angel of the Morning.
3. Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel
Johnny Angel is the debut pop single by Shelley Fabares released in 1962. The song premiered on an episode of Fabares' sitcom, The Donna Reed Show during the fourth season. The lyrics of the song tell the story of a teenage girl's romantic longing for a boy who doesn't know she exists, to the point where she declines other boys' propositions for dates because she'd rather concentrate on the boy she loves.
Although Fabares' career as a singer came to an end within a few years of Johnny Angel, the song has become an oldies radio airplay favorite. Johnny Angel hit #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on April 7, 1962, during a 15-week run on the chart. It also peaked at #41 on the UK Singles chart and sold over one-million copies. After her musical career, Shelley Fabares starred in the sitcom Coach as Craig T. Nelson's love interest and eventual wife, Christine.
2. Robbie Williams - Angels
Angels is a song by Robbie Williams, written by Williams with Guy Chambers. It was released in December 1997 and became the singer's biggest selling single. Angels has been voted the best song of the past 25 years by the BRIT Awards. It was the 38th best selling single of 1997 in the UK, and the 26th of 1998. Despite only reaching a peak of #4 in the UK, it passed the million sales mark in June 2009, with a combination of both physical and download sales. Angels entered the Top 40 in charts around the world, including Ireland (#2), Switzerland (#4), Belgium (#6), France (#7), Germany (#9), Australia (#12), Italy (#12), Sweden (#13), the Netherlands (#14), Canada (#18), and New Zealand (#23).
1. The Penguins - Earth Angel
Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) is an American doo-wop song, originally released by The Penguins in 1954. The song quickly outstripped its A-side in popularity and reached #1 on the Billboard R&B chart for three weeks in early 1955 and #8 on the pop chart. Earth Angel was the only Top 40 hit for The Penguins. The song ranked #151 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2004, it was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry. In 1955, Earth Angel became a major hit for The Crew-Cuts, reaching the Billboard charts on January 29, 1955. The song was also featured in the movie Back to the Future.