Rivers of Joy (song)

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"Rivers of Joy"
Single by No Angels
from the album Elle'ments
Released April 30, 2001
Recorded 2000
Studio Westpark Studios
(Munich, Germany)
Length 3:30 (album version)
  • Hans Andersson
  • Niklas Petterson
Producer(s) Peter Ries
No Angels singles chronology
"Daylight in Your Eyes"
"Rivers of Joy"
"There Must Be an Angel"
"Daylight in Your Eyes"
"Rivers of Joy"
"There Must Be an Angel"

"Rivers of Joy" is a song recorded by German pop group No Angels. It was written by Swedish composing duo Petterson & Haze, consisting of Hans Andersson and Niklas Petterson, and produced by Peter Ries for the band's debut studio album, Elle'ments, released in March 2001. An anthemic song about self-empowerment, the dance-pop track combines elements of gospel music and eurodance with prominent usage of a piano sample.

The composition was released as the album's second single in German-speaking Europe on April 30, 2001 (see 2001 in music) upon the major success of debut single "Daylight in Your Eyes." The song reached the top ten in Germany and Switzerland. This however, made "Rivers of Joy" the lowest-charting single of the Elle'ments era, as both singles of the reissue charted significantly higher.

An accompanying music video for "Rivers of Joy" was directed by Robert Bröllochs and filmed in Groß-Gerau, Germany in early April 2001.[1] It featured the group as marble statues, awakening to life in a museum of art.[1]


"Rivers of Joy" was written by Swedish composing duo Petterson & Haze, consisting of Hans Andersson and Niklas Petterson, and produced and mixed by frequent No Angels collaborator, German musician Peter Ries, for Cheyenne Media.[2] All music was recorded by Ries at DPB Studios in New York City, New York.[2] Ossi Schaller played the guitar, with Ulf Zwerger assisting in its audio engineering, while Dirk Kurock and Trevor Hurst served as Pro Tools editors.[2] Martin Faulwasser and Mecx and their assistant Martin Zehetbauer oversaw the recording of the vocals at the Westpark Studios in Munich, with Popstars coach Robert Bicknell assisting in vocal coaching.[2] Additional background vocals were provided by singers Gina Dunn, Joan Faulkner, and Charlemaine Thomas-Schmidtner, and were arranged by Ries.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

Selected as the album's second single by the group's records company, physical singles of "Rivers of Joy" were released on April 30, 2001 by Cheyenne Records.[3] The maxi single includes several remixes of the song, as well as a Ries–produced Re-Supreme Remix of previous single "Daylight in Your Eyes", a voice message, and the previously unreleased record "What Am I Supposed to Do", produced by Soul-O-Matic and written by Harry Zier, Rob Hardt, and singer Senait Mehari.[2][3]

Upon its release, "Rivers of Joy" debuted at number seven on the German Singles Chart in the week of May 14, 2001.[4] It fell out of the top twenty in its seventh week and left the chart after eleven weeks,[4] becoming the 86th highest-selling single of 2001 in Germany.[5] In Austria, the single debuted and peaked at number eleven on the Ö3 Austria Top 40.[6] It remained two more weeks within the top twenty and spent twelve weeks within the top 75.[6] In Switzerland, "Rivers of Joy" entered the Swiss Hitparade at number 25 in the week of May 13, before climbing to number ten the following week.[7] It spent 14 weeks on the chart.[7] The song also reached number 30 on the Polish Airplay Charts.[8]

Music video[edit]

The band portraying marble statues in the music video for "Rivers of Joy."[1]

Shot in March 2001, the music video for "Rivers of Joy" marked the band's second collaboration with director Robert Bröllochs following his work on the video for previous single "Daylight in Your Eyes." Similar to his first collaboration with the No Angels, scenes for the clip were primarily filmed at the X-Sight-Studios in Groß-Gerau, Hesse,[1] with most of the sequences shot in front of a white background. The video includes several computer animations based on bluescreen technique.[1] Popstars coach Detlef Soost served as the choreographer again.[1]

The video is relatively plotless, focusing on dance choreographies and designs instead of a definite storyline. It begins with the girls as marble statues, awakening to life in a museum of art. They start dancing and singing, and call several animal statues such as lions and elephants into being.[1] The video for "Rivers of Joy" premiered in April 2001 on MTV Central's show Brand:Neu.

Track listings[edit]

Maxi single[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Rivers of Joy" (Radio Edit)     3:29
2. "Rivers of Joy" (Extended Mix)     5:58
3. "Rivers of Joy" (Stage Mix)     3:59
4. "Daylight in Your Eyes" (Re-Supreme Mix)
5. "What Am I Supposed to Do"
Soul-O-Matic 4:01
6. "Grußbotschaft" (Voice Message)     1:45

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Elle'ments.[2]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g "No Angels - Rivers of Joy". MVDbase. Retrieved 2009-05-06. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Elle'ments (Media notes). No Angels. Cheynne Records. 2001. 
  3. ^ a b c "Rivers of Joy". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-04-11. 
  4. ^ a b c "Offiziellecharts.de – No Angels – Rivers of Joy". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  5. ^ a b "Top 100 Singles-Jahrescharts (2001)". Offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2015-11-22. 
  6. ^ a b c "Austriancharts.at – No Angels – Rivers of Joy" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  7. ^ a b c "Swisscharts.com – No Angels – Rivers of Joy". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  8. ^ a b "Polish Airplay Charts - Lista krajowa 25/2001". PiF PaF Production. Archived from the original on January 23, 2002. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 

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