Eurythmics – There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)

There are songs, and there are SONGS.

I’d put this one firmly in the latter category. From the opening ‘Na-da-dee-da-da-da-da’ this little gem just shimmers with beauty. It grabs you and pulls you in and won’t let go.

Everybody knows that it’s got Stevie Wonder playing harmonica, but that’s almost irrelevant.  For sure, it’s Stevie Wonder, but surely Fred Bloggs, session harmonica player from Tooting Beck could have played and we’d still have been treated to the same effect.  Or maybe it’s only so good because it is Stevie Wonder playing on it.  Either way, this track is just so good and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to say that it’s a record in my collection that I bought during its original chart run.

Of course it was the Eurythmics’ first (and only) UK singles chart number one, spending just a single solitary week there at the end of July 1985.  I had bought it on 9 July, just as it had entered the chart at number 37.  Progression was meteoric, and it had reached the top ten a week later.  In total it spent seven weeks in the top ten during that long hot summer of 1985.

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