Welcome to a very special #ThrowbackTunesday blog people. Why? Well – we’ll tell you exactly why as the blog progresses. First though, as always, let’s take a look at which hits of the past from this week at five points in the last 25 years we’ve got for you today…
- 1993: Saint Etienne – You’re In A Bad Way
- 1998: Robbie Williams – Angels
- 2003: Appleton – Don’t Worry
- 2008: Goldfrapp – A&E
- 2013: Bruno Mars – When I Was Your Man
And our favourite song from this week’s #ThrowbackTunesday playlist is…
- ARTIST: Robbie Williams
- SONG: Angels
- ALBUM: Life Thru A Lens
Time for us to get the candles and balloons out this week. Because on this day 44 years ago, Robert Peter Williams, Stoke on Trent’s most famous son was born. So firstly, happy birthday Robbie if you’re reading this.
And it’s another important anniversary today, as it is now exactly 20 years ago this week since the song which is, unquestionably, his biggest still to this day, lifted him into the mega-stardom he has subsequently enjoyed in the two decades since.
Up until November of the previous year, Robbie’s post-Take That solo ventures had been OK to middling (two #2 hits, a handful of top 20 follow-ups), but his first album ‘Life Thru A Lens’ wasn’t selling in anywhere near the quantities expected of him. It all looked a bit make or break. And then came ‘Angels’.
Written in half an hour with his collaborative partner, Guy Chambers, about his grandmother, the stirring, pop rock torch ballad suddenly took Robbie into another dimension altogether – even bigger than many had anticipated. First entering at #7 in early December, it was still inside the top 10 eleven weeks later, when it came to rest at its peak position of #4 on this very week.
His iconic performance of ‘Angels’ on the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury that year instantly cemented both the song’s appeal and his, going onto win a stack of BRIT and Ivor Novello awards in the process. And to this day, it remains one of the biggest singles in UK chart history to not reach number one. Robbie did eventually do so multiple times over the course of his career that’s followed, but where the British public are concerned, they will always be loving ‘Angels’ instead.
Check out the full playlist here, and let us know what your favourite hit from the past is this week on our Twitter with the hashtag #ThrowbackTunesday!