Angel (Aerosmith song)

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Single by Aerosmith
from the album Permanent Vacation
B-side "Girl Keeps Coming Apart"
  • Vinyl
  • cassette
  • CD
Recorded 1987
Genre Hard rock, Blues rock
Length 5:08
Label Geffen
Producer(s) Bruce Fairbairn
Aerosmith singles chronology
"Hangman Jury"
"Rag Doll"

"Angel" is a power ballad by American rock band Aerosmith. It was written by lead singer Steven Tyler and professional songwriting collaborator Desmond Child.

It was released in 1988 as the third single from the band's successful 1987 album Permanent Vacation. It quickly climbed to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100,[1] making it the second highest chart performance for any Aerosmith single, behind their #1 smash "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing".[1]

Song structure[edit]

The song is in E major.[2] It has a power ballad style and incorporates many of the characteristics of rock ballads, including driving electric guitar riffs by Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, pianos and violin sounds (from a keyboard), an emotional delivery of lyrics by Steven Tyler, a strong rhythm by bassist Tom Hamilton, and well-placed steady drum beats by Joey Kramer.


Charts (1988) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 3

Year-End Chart[edit]

End of year chart (1988) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[3] 34


  1. ^ a b "Billboard singles". All Media Guide / Billboard. Retrieved 2010-02-28. 
  2. ^ Stephenson, Ken (2002). What to Listen for in Rock: A Stylistic Analysis, p.92. ISBN 978-0-300-09239-4.
  3. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1988". Archived from the original on 4 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-09. 

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