27. Eurythmics – ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’ (1985)

“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.

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3 Responses to “27. Eurythmics – ‘There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)’ (1985)”

  1. David Says:

    I fear I’ll annoy people with my continual praise on Twitter and you deserve more comments anyway, so I decided to start doing that instead. A bit late, as always.

    This was one of about four Eurythmics songs that I heard all the time growing up, and I think it might just about be my favourite too (heavy rival in ‘Sweet Dreams’). What’s interesting is that my favourite songs – the ones that would be at this point in a list if I made one, which I won’t because what would be the fucking point, I might as well just point people to this one – are usually dark, sad and depressing and I never really thought about this is really uplifting and celebratory. And then I think about ‘Right By Your Side’ and I realise that the Eurythmics are fantastic at being moody but also effervescent and joyous. Even in ‘Sweet Dreams’ you have the “hold your head up” part – Annie’s voice is so versatile!

    Oh and FUCK YES to the last paragraph about the harmonica solo. One of music’s finest moments. (Sorry, I hope you like long comments.)

    • multimediac17 Says:

      Agree with every word, as usual. This is just jump-around-like-a-twat happy. And I also agree that Eurythmics and Annie were so versatile, that was one of the best things abotu them and I think the reason they lasted a lot longer than most of the bands around them when they started.

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