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"Angel"
Single by Madonna
from the album Like a Virgin
B-side "Into the Groove" (Australia, US 12")
"Burning Up" (United Kingdom)
"Angel (Dance Mix Edit)" (US 7")
Released April 10, 1985
Format 12" Maxi Single
5" CD Single (Re-Issue)
7" Single
Genre Pop
Length 3:55
Label Sire, Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Madonna
Steve Bray
Producer Nile Rodgers
Certification Gold (US, UK, France)
Madonna singles chronology
"Crazy for You"
(1985)
"Angel"
(1985)
"Into the Groove"
(1985)
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"Angel" is the third single by American singer-songwriter Madonna from her 2nd studio album Like a Virgin, and was released on April 10, 1985 by Sire Records.

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Song information

"Angel" was written by Madonna and Steve Bray and released worldwide on April 10, 1985. The song was released in the wake of the phenomenal successes of the number one Billboard Hot 100 single "Like a Virgin" and the number two "Material Girl," as well as with the soon to be #1 "Crazy for You" still climbing the charts, and "Into the Groove", though not released as a single, recently becoming a huge popular hit on MTV and radio. Despite the lack of a supporting original video, and competition from the aforementioned songs, "Angel" became a hit at the time of its release, reaching #5 in the U.S., but ultimately becoming one of Madonna's less remembered singles from that era in comparison. Perhaps due to its lack of enduring popularity the song has not been performed by Madonna live since 1985.

The B-side to the US pressing of "Angel"'s 12-inch maxi-single was "Into the Groove", from Madonna's film Desperately Seeking Susan. As there was no film soundtrack, and "Into the Groove" was not available on any of Madonna's albums at the time, its inclusion on the maxi-single contributed to increased sales of "Angel" in the US and in Australia, where it hit #1 for 4 weeks on the 12" single charts. The RIAA certified "Angel" Gold on July 30 1985[1], recognizing one million copies sold in the U.S.1

"Angel" was not released in several European countries, including France. In the UK, as well as 7" and 12" there was a shaped picture disc, with a plinth. With its double-stickered sleeve, it is currently valued at £50.

Chart performance

The song, released after "Into the Groove" and with "Burning Up" as its B-Side, managed to peak at number 5 in the UK, and in Spain almost hit the top spot, peaking at number 2. In Japan the song was another Top 5 hit for Madonna, reaching number 3. "Angel" marked Madonna's fifth Top 5 single on ChartJapan, which is otherwise known as the Japanese Foreign Singles Chart.

In Australia, Canada, and the U.S., "Angel" was backed by "Into the Groove" and peaked at number 1 in Australia and at number 5 in the US. On the US Billboard Hot 100, the single became the third official single from the album Like a Virgin debuting in the Top 50, at #48, the week of April 27, 1985. "Crazy for You" was still climbing to the top (it would hit #1 two weeks later), and "Material Girl" was falling from the top tier. In Australia, "Angel/Into the Groove" (as it was credited) was the second highest selling single of the year, with USA for Africa's "We Are the World" being the highest seller and Madonna's own "Crazy for You" finishing at Number 3.

Music video

No original video supported "Angel" at the time of its release, in contrast to Madonna's other releases at the time. This may have contributed to "Angel" being arguably the least remembered of Madonna's singles of the era, despite its chart success.

A rarely seen official promo-only video for "Angel" was compiled of images from "Burning Up", "Borderline", "Lucky Star", "Like a Virgin" and "Material Girl" videos by Warner Bros. Records in the UK. There is no new performance from Madonna in this video. However, AOL's music website has a full-length version of the video, though once again made up of clips from her previous videos. The video was included on the promotional-only video compilations It's That Girl and She's Breathless.

Though performed as part of Madonna's 1985 The Virgin Tour, "Angel" did not appear in the final home video release Madonna Live: The Virgin Tour.

Track listing

US / AU 7" Single
  1. "Angel" (7" Version) – 3:40
  2. "Angel" (Dance Mix Edit) – 4:56
US / AU 12" Single
  1. "Angel" (Extended Dance Remix) – 6:15
  2. "Into the Groove" – 4:43
UK / EU 7" Single
  1. "Angel" (7" Version) – 3:40
  2. "Burning Up" – 3:43
UK / EU 12" Single
  1. "Angel" (Extended Dance Remix) – 6:15
  2. "Burning Up" – 3:43
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Official Versions

Remix/Version Run Time
Album Version 3:53
7" Version/Fade 3:42
Dance Mix Edit 4:56
Extended Dance Remix 6:15
Video Edit 2:50

Charts

Chart (1985) Peak
Position
Australia Kent Music Report 1
Irish Singles Chart 3
Canadian Singles Chart 5[2]
Eurochart Hot 100 14
German Singles Chart 31
Japan Oricon Weekly Singles Chart 52
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 2
South African Singles Chart 4
Spanish Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 17
UK Singles Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 71
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 2

Certifications

Country Certification
UK Silver
USA Gold

1Prior to 1989 the requirement for a gold single was one million units sold

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Would I Lie to You?" by Eurythmics
Australia ARIA Singles Chart number-one single (with "Into the Groove")
June 24, 1985 - July 15, 1985
Succeeded by
"Crazy for You" by Madonna
Preceded by
"Thinking About Your Love" by Skipworth & Turner
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play number-one single (with "Into the Groove")
June 29, 1985
Succeeded by
"19" by Paul Hardcastle

Credits

  • Written by Madonna and Steve Bray
  • Produced by Nile Rodgers
  • Drum programming by Jimmy Bralower
  • Guitar by Nile Rodgers
  • Assorted synthesizers and bass synthesizer by Rob Sabino
  • Background vocals by Madonna, Curtis King, Frank Simms and George Simms

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References

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