“Angels”, released on 1 December 1997, is a pivotal song in the career of British pop icon Robbie Williams. The fourth single from his debut solo album, “Life thru a Lens”, the song was a sharp departure from his earlier, edgier pop sound established with the band Take That. Co-written by Williams and Guy Chambers, “Angels” emerged as a powerful, emotive ballad that struck a chord with the public and became a definitive hit in his career, often considered his signature song.
The lyrics of “Angels”, which speak of a protective spirit or guardian angel, resonated deeply with listeners worldwide, propelling the song to number four on the UK Singles Chart and helping the album reach multi-platinum status. Though it did not chart as highly in other countries initially, the song gained global recognition over time and is now recognized as one of the best-selling singles in the UK. An interesting tidbit about the song is that, despite its spiritual theme, Williams has mentioned in interviews that it was inspired by his experiences with his “guardian angels” during his times of substance use. This complex background adds depth to the song’s already powerful narrative. Over two decades after its release, “Angels” continues to be a fan favorite at Williams’ concerts, reflecting its enduring appeal and significance in his musical journey.