There Must Be an Angel (Playing With My Heart) :: Eurythmics
directed by Jörn Heitmann
There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) is a song performed by British musical duo Eurythmics. It was written and recorded by band members Annie Lennox and David Stewart for their fifth studio album Be Yourself Tonight , and features a harmonica solo by American singer Stevie Wonder. The gospel-influenced song was released as the album’s second single during the third quarter of 1985 and became a worldwide success; most notably in Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom, where it became the duo’s only chart-topping single to date.
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart went to Los Angeles to record the song. Annie recalled in 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, “We were booked into this studio and rumor had it that Stevie Wonder didn’t really know what time it is and we’d have to wait and see if he turned up. Eventually he did show up and was a really adorable person. He had his hair in braids with beautiful gold beads, and when he plays he shakes his head so the beads make a loud noise.”
Upon its release, There Must Be an Angel (Playing with My Heart) became Eurythmics’ first number-one single in the UK, also topping the charts in Ireland, Norway and Brazil. While the song peaked at # 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States, it became another Top 10 success for the band in Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria and Australia.
The song’s music video was one in a long line of innovative clips from Eurythmics. In the clip, Stewart portrays Louis XIV of France in the Court of the Sun King, while Lennox appears as a singer brought forth to perform and entertain the King. Bored at first, Stewart eventually becomes enthralled with Lennox’s performance as the song reaches its conclusion. The video clip features elaborate costuming and set design.
In 2013 the song was voted by NME as 3rd best number one song of all time.
Editor’s Note: The first time I heard this song I was driving up the Pacific Coast with two friends of mine. We both had brought along mix tapes to share, and it was on the first tape that came from one of the bags in the backseat that this song came to life from. It was a first track, the windows were all rolled down, it was a beautiful mid-Summer morning with the Ocean breezing in to us, and for a moment it felt a bit like heaven, at least the way we would see heaven at that time in our lives, with Annie Lennox voice welcoming us in.