Angels are mystical creatures that are said to help us when we’re in trouble. But these songs show that there’s more than just one kind of angel. To show the many different angels and “angels” in the lives of people, here’s a playlist dedicated to them!
Slayer – Angel of Death
Let’s start off this list with the heaviest and darkest song about angels that we know about. Slayer’s Angel of Death is about Josef Mengele, the Nazi doctor at Auschwitz who was dubbed the angel of death. He was the sadistic doctor who performed gruesome experiments on prisoners during the Holocaust. Keep in mind that this doesn’t mean Slayer is a Neo-Nazi band; they simply have an interest in World War II and all the may atrocities that happened then.
Angelic (or not) lyrics: Angel of Death
Monarch to the kingdom of the dead
Infamous butcher, Angel of Death
The Black Crowes – She Talks to Angels
She Talks to Angels is a song about a woman who is addicted to heroin. Her only saving grace is the angels she talks to that keep her from completely falling off the edge. Lead singer Chris Robinson says that this was inspired by a girl he used to always see at the club scene. She would always wear really dark makeup, and thus he invented a song about her.
Angelic lyrics: Says she talks to angels
They call her out by her name
Oh yeah, she talks to angels
Says they call her out by her name
Martina McBride – Concrete Angel
This might just be the saddest song about angels we could find. Concrete Angel is about a little girl who is abused by her mother. She finds a friend in her neighbor, a young boy. One night, the boy looks out the window to see the young girl being beaten by her mother again. The girl dies, and she finally flies to a place where she is loved.
Angelic lyrics: Through the wind and the rain
She stands hard as a stone
In a world that she can’t rise above
But her dreams give her wings
And she flies to a place where
Sarah McLachlan – In the Arms of an Angel
It’s easy to think that this song is about finding solace with an angel in one’s life. But McLachlan has stated that the “angel” is actually drugs. In the song, you’ll see how the “angel” is able to take a person away from all the darkness in the world as it gives people comfort. Unfortunately, the song has been misconstrued over and over again as it’s been used in countless times in memorials for children.
Angelic lyrics: In the arms of the angel
Fly away from here
From this dark, cold hotel room
And the endlessness that you fear
You are pulled from the wreckage
Of your silent reverie
You’re in the arms of the angel
May you find some comfort here
Robbie Williams – Angels
Robbie Williams has admitted to his fascination with the paranormal, and has thus written this song about that. He believes that loved ones that have passed away can come back to take care of you in the form of angels. He says the song isn’t about anyone in particular, as it’s just a thought about how those in the world of the living can still have a connection to those who are already gone.
Angelic lyrics: And through it all she offers me protection
A lot of love and affection
Whether I’m right or wrong
And down the waterfall
Wherever it may take me
I know that life won’t break me
When I come to call, she won’t forsake me
I’m loving angels instead
Train – Calling All Angels
In this song, Train starts off with a bleak view of the world that needs saving. So in order to help the world become a better place, they call on angels to intervene. It’s a song with a social commentary that’s still relevant years after the song was written.
Angelic lyrics: When children have to play inside so they don’t disappear
And private eyes solve marriage lies ‘cause we don’t talk for years
And football teams are kissing Queens
And losing sight of having dreams
In a world that what we want is only what we want until it’s ours
I’m calling all angels
I’m calling all you angels
Dishwalla – Angels or Devils
Angels or Devils is one of Dishwalla’s most popular songs despite its slightly cryptic lyrics. In the song, there’s a fight going on between angels and devils inside the singer. Angels burn FOR the singer as they’re the outside forces that help people do good. On the flip side, devils burn IN us because they’re within us, constantly telling us do its bidding.
Angelic lyrics: The angels they burn inside for us
Are we ever
Are we ever gonna learn to fly
The devils they burn inside of us
Are we ever gonna come back down
I’m always gonna worry about the things that could make us cold
Mariah Carey – Angels Cry
What could possibly make angels cry? According to Mariah Carey, angels cry for the end of her relationship. She sings about regretting how she didn’t fight for her relationship, and now she lies alone and miserable knowing that she let a good thing die. It’s such a heartbreaking situation that even the angels are affected.
Angelic lyrics: And lighting don’t strike
The same place twice, when you and I
Said goodbye I felt the angels cry
True love’s a gift,
But we let it drift in a storm
Every night I feel the angels cry
Juice Newton – Angel of the Morning
Millennials might find this song familiar because of Shaggy’s Angel, but the chorus of that song was actually inspired by Juice Newton’s Angel of the Morning. This song is about a woman who’s trying to reassure her lover that even though they shared a wonderful night together, she’s still there to be his angel when morning comes.
Angelic lyrics: Just call me angel of the morning, angel
Just touch my cheek before you leave me, baby
Just call me angel of the morning, angel
Then slowly turn away from me
Beyonce – Halo
To cap off this list, we have a song about a love so beautiful that it’s borderline heavenly. Halo was written by OneRepublic frontman Ryan Tedder and Evan Bogart. They co-wrote this song intending it for Beyonce because they imagined what her relationship was like with Jay-Z. And since we all know how Jay-Z and Beyonce are a happy celebrity couple, this song was perfect for her to sing.
Angelic lyrics: I found a way to let you win
But I never really had a doubt
Standing in the light of your halo
I got my angel now
It’s like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you break it
It’s the risk that I’m taking
I ain’t never gonna shut you out
What’s the angel in your life? Is it the person you love? Something that gives you comfort? Or do you believe in angels that watch over us all from above? Perhaps this playlist shows us that there are many things in this world that we consider to be angels.