City of Angels (soundtrack)

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City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture
City of angels (album cover).jpg
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released March 31, 1998 (U.S.)
Length 71:48
Label Warner Bros.
Singles from City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "Uninvited"
    Released: 24 February 1998[1]
  2. "If God Will Send His Angels (Remix)"
    Released: 2 March 1998[1]
  3. "Iris"
    Released: 7 April 1998[1]

City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture is the soundtrack album for the film City of Angels, released by Warner Bros. Records on March 31, 1998 (see 1998 in music).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
National Catholic Reporter (positive)[3]

Yahoo! Music's Craig Rosen, who called the album "a stroke of marketing genius", speculated that executive producer Rob Cavallo, who was head of Morissette and the Goo Goo Dolls' management firm, "was instrumental in making sure the soundtrack provided a nice set-up for the forthcoming Morissette and Goo Goo Dolls albums [Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie and Dizzy Up the Girl, respectively] ... Record executives and managers love big hits from soundtracks, especially when they dovetail into a new release by one of their artists. That's the case with both Morissette and the Goo Goo Dolls and it's not a mere coincidence."[4] Bob Bell, a new release buyer for the Wherehouse Entertainment chain of stores in Torrance, California, said the marketing of the album was "amazing" and attributed its early strong sales to "Uninvited". He said of the Goo Goo Dolls that the soundtrack "helped to re-establish them ... [it] brought them back into our minds".[4] Robert Scally wrote of "Uninvited", "Placing exclusives on soundtracks ... has been a successful tactic for creating a buzz around the album while highlighting the musical artist".[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The City of Angels soundtrack debuted at number twenty-three on the Billboard 200 chart on the issue dated 18 April 1998.[6] The following week it entered the top ten at number seven and eventually reached the runner-up position for three weeks until it topped the charts in early June, selling 165,000 copies.[7] City of Angels finished the year as the seventh highest-selling album of 1998.[8] To date the soundtrack has sold 5.5 million units in the United States and has been certified five times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[9][10] Additionally, it peaked at number three on the Canadian charts and has sold over 700,000 copies in the country.[11]

Elsewhere, the soundtrack also performed well, reaching number one in Australia, Germany, New Zealand and Switzerland. It has been certified Platinum in Japan and multi-Platinum in Australia.[12]


Its two singles, the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris" and Alanis Morissette's "Uninvited", were released to U.S. radio in March and were still receiving substantial radio airplay by the following August.[4] An internet and radio leak of "Uninvited" in early March forced Warner Bros. to release the entire soundtrack to radio before it became available in stores. According to a publicity manager for Warner Music Canada, the measure was "an inconvenience" taken to stop radio stations from playing low-quality versions of the song downloaded from the internet.[13] "Iris" reached number one on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks, Top 40 Mainstream and Adult Top 40 charts in the U.S., and it spent a record amount of time atop the Hot 100 Airplay chart.[14] "Uninvited" reached number one on the Top 40 Mainstream and peaked inside the top five on the Adult Top 40.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Performer Length
1. "If God Will Send His Angels"  
2. "Uninvited"  
  • Alanis Morissette
3. "Red House"  
  • Jimi Hendrix
4. "Feelin' Love"  
  • Paula Cole
5. "Mama, You Got A Daughter"  
  • John Lee Hooker
6. "Angel"  
  • Sarah McLachlan
7. "Iris"   4:50
8. "I Grieve"  
  • Peter Gabriel
9. "I Know"  
  • Jude
10. "Further On Up the Road"   7:26
11. "Angel Falls"  
  • Gabriel Yared
12. "Unfeeling Kiss"  
  • Gabriel Yared
13. "Spreading Wings"  
  • Gabriel Yared
  • Gabriel Yared
14. "City of Angels"  
  • Gabriel Yared
  • Gabriel Yared
Total length:

Record charts and certifications[edit]

Preceded by
It's Dark and Hell Is Hot by DMX
MP Da Last Don by Master P
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 13–19, 1998
July 4–17, 1998
Succeeded by
MP Da Last Don by Master P
Armageddon (soundtrack) by Various artists
Preceded by
Adore by The Smashing Pumpkins
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
June 21–27, 1998
July 12–18, 1998
Succeeded by
Try Whistling This by Neil Finn


See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ National Catholic Reporter review
  4. ^ a b c Rosen, Craig. "'City' A Set-Up For New Alanis, Goo Goo Dolls Albums". Yahoo! Music. August 27, 1998. Retrieved November 11, 2006.
  5. ^ Scally, Robert. "The charts are alive with the Sound of Movies". Discount Store News. September 7, 1998. Retrieved November 11, 2006.
  6. ^ "Billboard" 110 (16). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1 August 1998. p. 84. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  7. ^ "Billboard" 110 (24). Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 13 June 1998. p. 120. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Pollack, Mark. "Dion named recording industry's top artist of '98". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. December 24, 1998. Retrieved on 24 January 1998.
  9. ^ Searchable database of U.S. certifications. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on 24 January 2014.
  10. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith. "Ask Billboard: Answers to readers' questions about the 'Grease' Soundtrack, Whitney Houston and Crossfade". Billboard. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "City of Angels (Original Soundtrack) - Billboard Albums". Allmusic and Billboard. Retrieved on 28 January 2014.
  12. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 1999年1月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. January 1999 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese) (Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan) 472: 9. March 10, 1999. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 28, 2013. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  13. ^ Cairney, Richard. "Cover Story". SEE Magazine. March 19, 1998. Retrieved November 11, 2006.
  14. ^ Feniak, Jenny. "Dolls still dancing". Edmonton Sun. November 6, 2006. Retrieved November 11, 2006.
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