“No one on earth could feel like this
I’m thrown and overblown with bliss
There must be an angel, playing with my heart”
Written by Annie Lennox/David A. Stewart
Produced by David A. Stewart
Taken from the album Be Yourself Tonight
Also released on Greatest Hits, Live 1983-1989, Ultimate Collection and Boxed
UK #1, AUS #3, US #22
The most wonderful moment in the entire Eurythmics discography is this number one single from the classic Be Yourself Tonight. In sharp contrast to the previous single ‘Would I Lie To You?’, which was a throwback to sixties rock and roll, this drew on the same decade but in a different way. It mixed old-school Motown with eighties electronica, bringing together two genres that specialised in pure joy, and made the happiest song alive.
Annie Lennox’s voice is always perfect but here it is, and I hope you’ll forgive the pun, heavenly. It really is! Like God was sitting around one day and then was like “I’m going to make the most beautiful voice the world has ever heard”, and then he created Annie Lennox. And he saw that it was good. Her wordless chirping on ‘There Must Be An Angel’ is just ridiculous. She could win every award known to man and still be underrated.
The moment in which Annie’s final verse moves into Stevie Wonder’s harmonica solo is probably the best few seconds of any Eurythmics song. None of their other “moments” come close to that. It’s majestic and beautiful, expertly conveying what they’re trying to say: that this is a love song to end all love songs. One for the ages. Mix that with the stunning video and you truly have one of the best pop songs I’ve ever heard.