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Wish I Had an Angel

"Wish I Had An Angel"
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Single by Nightwish
from the album Once
Released 15 September 2004
Format CD
Recorded November 2003-March 2004 at
Tempputupa Studios, Finland
Genre Symphonic power metal
Length 4:06
Label Spinefarm
Writer(s) Tuomas Holopainen
Producer(s) Tero Kinnunen
Nightwish singles chronology

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"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, but was still performed live with vocalists Anette Olzon and Floor Jansen before her departure and is often used as the final song of the band's live shows.

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 United Kingdom, the highest of any of the band's singles in the UK.[1]

Track listings

Title Writers Length
1 "Wish I Had An Angel (Album Version)" Holopainen 4:08
2 "Ghost Love Score (Instrumental 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

Personnel

Video

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

With over 350 times, Wish I Had an Angel is the most played song by Nightwish and it has been performed in every show since 2004.[3] During Once and Dark Passion Play tours it was always the last song performed.

Charts

Chart
(2004)
Peak
position
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
Chart
(2005)
Peak
position
Finnish Singles Chart 15
Spanish Singles Chart 20

Sales and certifications

Country Certification
(sales thresholds)
Finland Gold[4]

References

External links