Angelia (song)

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Single by Richard Marx
from the album Repeat Offender
A-side Angelia
B-side Endless Summer Nights (Live At The Palace Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
Released September, 1989 (US)
Format 7" single, CD single, cassette
Genre Rock, Pop rock
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Richard Marx
Producer(s) Richard Marx
Richard Marx singles chronology
"Right Here Waiting"
"Nothing You Can Do About It"

"Angelia" is a ballad recorded by Richard Marx and the third released single on his second album, Repeat Offender.

"Angelia" hit #2 on the Cash Box singles chart, and reached #4 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on December 2, 1989. It was also a Top 40 hit in Australia and made the Top 50 in the UK. On the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, "Angelia" peaked at #2 for several weeks behind the Linda Ronstadt/Aaron Neville duet "Don't Know Much".

Richard Marx based the sound of "Angelia" on Def Leppard's 1983 album "Pyromania" and 1987 album "Hysteria". During recordings of "Angelia", engineer and co-producer David Cole along with Richard Marx tried to copy the sounds of the guitars and drums that Def Leppard and producer "Mutt" Lange had used on the "Hysteria" and "Pyromania" records.[1]

Ironically, during a night out with Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen, Richard Marx was told that Def Leppard attempted to emulate Angelia for a song that was to appear on the next Def Leppard album, "Adrenalize". The song Def Leppard recorded with "Angelia" in mind was likely the hit "Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad".[1]

The production and sound of the song "Angelia" is Richard Marx's favorite from his second album, "Repeat Offender".[1]


Chart Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 32
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 18
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 45
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 4
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[7] 2