Wish I Had an Angel

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"Wish I Had An Angel"
Single by Nightwish
from the album Once
Released15 September 2004
RecordedNovember 2003-March 2004 at
Tempputupa Studios, Finland
GenreSymphonic metal, power metal
Songwriter(s)Tuomas Holopainen
Producer(s)Tero Kinnunen
Nightwish singles chronology
"Wish I Had An Angel"
"Kuolema tekee taiteilijan"

"Wish I Had An Angel" is the eleventh single for Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish, the second from their fifth album Once. The song features vocals by then-vocalist Tarja Turunen and bassist Marco Hietala. The song was still performed live after Turunen's departure with Anette Olzon, before her departure, and current vocalist Floor Jansen afterwards. Featured on the soundtrack of the film Alone In The Dark, it became the group's most popular single in Europe and in the United States, next to Nemo.[citation needed] It made it onto two U.S. film soundtracks. It reached #60 in the UK Singles Chart, the highest of any of the band's singles in the UK.[1]

Track listings[edit]

Title Writers Length
1 "Wish I Had An Angel (Album Version)" Holopainen 4:08
2 "Ghost Love Score (Orchestral Score)" Holopainen 10:47
3 "Where Were You Last Night" Tim Norell, Ola Håkansson and Alexander Bard 3:52
4 "Wish I Had An Angel (Demo Version)" Holopainen 4:08



Directed by Uwe Boll, "Wish I Had an Angel" was the last video from Once and it features some scenes from the 2005 movie Alone in the Dark,[2] also directed by Boll. An alternate version omits the film's footage, due to the immense negative reception of the said film.[2]

Live performances[edit]

Wish I Had an Angel is the second most played song by Nightwish, with well over 470 times, as of August 2018[3]. During Once and Dark Passion Play tours it was always the last song performed.


Austrian Top 75 Singles 47
Dutch Singles Chart 65
Finnish Singles Chart 1
German Singles Chart 36
Hungarian Singles Chart 3
Norwegian Singles Chart 19
Spanish Singles Chart 11
Swedish Singles Chart 11
Swiss Top 100 Singles 40
UK Singles Chart 60
Finnish Singles Chart 15
Spanish Singles Chart 20

Sales and certifications[edit]

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Finland Gold[4]


  1. ^ "UK log charts". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 16 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b "The videos". Nightwish-World.com. Retrieved 7 November 2009.
  3. ^ Wish I Had an Angel by Nightwish
  4. ^ "IFPI Tilastot: Nightwish". Ifpi.fi. Retrieved 3 January 2010.

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