Calling All Angels

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"Calling All Angels"
Single by Train
from the album My Private Nation
B-side "Fascinated"
"Landmine"
Released June 17, 2003
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:49
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Charlie Colin
Patrick Monahan
Jimmy Stafford
Scott Underwood
Producer(s) Brendan O'Brien
Certification Gold
Train singles chronology
"She's on Fire"
(2002)
"Calling All Angels"
(2003)
"When I Look to the Sky"
(2004)
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"Calling All Angels" is the title of a 2003 song by the rock band Train. It was included on the band's third studio album, My Private Nation, and produced by Brendan O'Brien.

The song was the first to be released from My Private Nation in 2003 and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[1] It also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart that same year.[1] The song features Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar.

"Calling All Angels" was nominated for two Grammy Awards at the ceremony held in February 2004. In the category Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, the song lost out to "Disorder in the House" by Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon; in the category Best Rock Song, the winner was "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes.[2] The song has also been prominent in pop culture appearing in several television shows including One Tree Hill and as the theme song in the intro for the short lived medical drama 3 lbs. Train also performed the song at the 2006 Pepsi Super Bowl Smash.

The song was an unofficial anthem of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team; it was played at Angel Stadium before every game during the 2010 season, while the video screen showed a montage of the team's history (in addition, the band performed the song live and in person prior to the Home Run Derby of the 2010 All-Star Game, which was held at Angel Stadium).

This song was performed on the CSI:NY episode "Second Chances", and during the third season premiere of "Smallville".

The song was also briefly incorporated into Train's cover of "Joy to the World" for the 2012 holiday album A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World.

Track listing[edit]

2003 Single:

  1. "Calling All Angels"
  2. "Fascinated"
  3. "Landmine"
  4. "Calling All Angels" (Video)

Mexican Promo:

  1. Calling All Angels (Radio Version)
  2. Calling All Angels (Album Version)

Reviews[edit]

The song received mixed reviews from rock critics, with Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly giving the song a B+ and calling it "an anthemic hymn to commitment...that builds steadily to a gloriously clanging climax."[3] Matt Lee of the BBC was less impressed, describing the track as "pedestrian, the vocals soulless, even more so than" the band's biggest hit single, "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)".[4]

Charts[5][edit]

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 4
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 24
US Billboard Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications), page 641.
  2. ^ Grammy info from rockonthenet.com Retrieved 02-14-09.
  3. ^ Music review from ew.com Retrieved 02-12-09.
  4. ^ Music review from bbc.co.uk Retrieved 02-12-09.
  5. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p132583/charts-awards/billboard-singles

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker
Billboard Adult Contemporary number-one single
January 24, 2004
February 7, 2004
February 21, 2004
Succeeded by
"Forever and for Always" by Shania Twain