For an Angel

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"For An Angel"
For an Angel cover.jpeg
Single by Paul van Dyk
from the album 45 RPM
Released 5 December 1994 (1994-12-05)
Genre Trance
Length 7:01
Songwriter(s) Paul van Dyk
Producer(s) Paul van Dyk
Paul van Dyk singles chronology
"For An Angel"
"Beautiful Place"
"For An Angel"
"Beautiful Place"

(1997) Words1997

"For An Angel"
(1998) For An Angel1998

"Another Way/Avenue"
(1999) Another Way/Avenue1999

"For An Angel" is a trance debut track by German DJ Paul van Dyk. His most famous track, it was initially released in 1994 as a track on 45 RPM on the MFS record label, which was van Dyk's first studio album. It was later reworked and re-released in 1998 as "E-Werk Remix" on Deviant Records, a homage to the E-Werk nightclub where van Dyk used to be the resident DJ, the song reached number-one on the UK Dance Chart for several weeks. Since its release the track has become one of the most influential and greatest trance tracks of all time. It was voted by Mixmag readers as the eighth greatest dance record of all time.[1]

Three music videos exist for the track, one from 1994, filmed in the Riviera Maya in Mexico; the other from 1998, featuring footage from the Love Parade in Berlin; the third from 2009, filmed in an exhibition in L.A. and Berlin. The first video is available on Global.

Music video[edit]

The original music video was filmed in the Riviera Maya in Mexico, in which Paul van Dyk, dressed in Malibu clothing, is seen relaxing on the beach, in a river and other various locations. Also appearing are various short clips of the scenery surrounding him. At the start of the music video, Paul van Dyk is seen sitting under a palm tree, while later in the music video he watches local children playing football on the beach.

The song was featured on the Gigi D'Agostino compilation album, Il programmino di Gigi D'agostino.[2]

Track listings[edit]

  • 12" single (UK release)
  1. "For An Angel" (PvD E-Werk Club Mix) –(7:43)
  2. "For An Angel" (Way Out West Mix) – (5:48)
  3. "For An Angel" (Terry Lee Brown Jnr Mix) – (6:28)


Chart (1998) Peak
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 45
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100 Singles) 74
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 44
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 54
UK Singles (The Official Chart Company) 28

Cover versions[edit]

The song was sampled in British singer Rachel McFarlane's 1998 song "Lover", which incidentally have been mashed up with "For an Angel" by DJs in their club sets and circulated in bootleg releases.