Lips of an Angel

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"Lips of an Angel"
Single by Hinder
from the album Extreme Behavior
Released July 24, 2006 (U.S.)[1]
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2005
Genre Post-grunge, hard rock
Length 4:21
Label Universal Republic
Writer(s) Austin Winkler, Cody Hanson, Brian Howes, Rey Casiano
Producer(s) Brian Howes
Certification 3× Platinum (RIAA)[2]
Platinum (ARIA, RIANZ)
Hinder singles chronology
"Get Stoned"
(2005)
"Lips of an Angel"
(2006)
"How Long"
(2006)

"Lips of an Angel" is a power ballad by American rock band Hinder written by Brian Howes, Rey Casiano, Austin Winkler and Cody Hanson. It was released as the second single from their album Extreme Behavior. It was their breakthrough hit, charting in the top ten on several Billboard trade charts in the United States, and reaching number one in several countries. A second cover version was released in early 2007 by country music artist Jack Ingram. His version, which was his third Top 40 country hit, peaked in the top 20 on the Billboard country music charts.

Lyrics[edit]

The lyrics deal with the singer describing his feelings when his favored girlfriend from his past calls late at night, somewhat pleasantly interrupting his current relationship. More than once, a reference to the call being secret is made, and the singer expresses concern of a fight ensuing as a result. The song concludes just as it began, with the singer questioning to why she is calling so late, though the second (and last) time it is less literal and more figurative, with the underlying meaning "so late" not at night, but way too late in life; unable to continue the previous relationship. The song ends with the plot unresolved. According to a radio interview done in Atlanta, Georgia the lyrics are loosely based on an actual phone call incident that did happen.

On January 22, 2007, "Lips of an Angel" took over the number one spot on the Canadian BDS chart from The Killers. A week later, it took over the number one spot on Australia's ARIA Singles Chart from Evermore.

The song is featured in the music-related video games Lips (as downloadable content), Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore, Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party, and Band Hero.

Formats and track listings[edit]

Digital download
  1. "Lips of an Angel" – 4:21
CD single
  1. "Lips of an Angel" – 4:21
  2. "By the Way" (acoustic) – 3:34
  3. "Bliss (I Don't Wanna Know)" (acoustic) – 3:45
  4. "Oye there you go"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006–2007) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 62
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 31
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 98
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[6] 1
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[7] 48
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 18
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 3
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 30
Chart (2007) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 46
Australian Singles Chart 5[8]

Jack Ingram version[edit]

"Lips of an Angel"
Single by Jack Ingram
from the album This Is It
Released December 11, 2006
Format Digital download
Genre Country, adult alternative[9]
Length 3:45
Label Big Machine
Producer(s) Jeremy Stover
Jack Ingram singles chronology
"Love You"
(2007)
"Lips of an Angel"
(2006)
"Measure of a Man"
(2007)

Country music artist Jack Ingram released a version of the song in December 2006. Ingram's version, the lead-off single to his 2007 album This Is It, reached a peak of number 16 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in April 2007.

Background[edit]

Regarding his cover of this song, Ingram gave an explanation in the liner notes of This Is It:

"I heard this song on the radio. I think it's a killer song. I thought we could give it another feel and do it justice. A good song is a good song. I'll let other people choose sides between what genre is what genre and who should stay inside which box. I think there are two kinds of music: good and bad. I try to stay on the right side. Besides, who hasn't felt this way at some point in their life? Don't lie."[10]

Music video[edit]

Premiering in early 2007, the music video for "Lips of an Angel" was directed by Shaun Silva and largely follows the narrative of the song's lyrics, focusing on a late night phone call between the raconteur (Austin Winkler) and his former lover (Emmanuelle Chriqui).

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2006–2007) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[11] 16
US Billboard Hot 100[12] 77
US Billboard Pop 100 87

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