More recently, the winner of the BRITS 25 'Best Song Award' in 2005, the anthemic Angels was Robbie's breakthrough hit, selling almost 1.5 million copies worldwide and cementing his success as a solo artist. The first song to be written by Robbie and Guy Chambers, it was finished in just under 30 minutes and changed the course of Robbie's career. The release of the single led to rocketing sales of Life Thru A Lens, which was swiftly rescued from the nation's bargain bins and went on to spend a whopping 218 weeks in the UK album charts instead! "I was on the verge of being dropped," said Robbie, 'and then Angels came out and six album later I'm still here. So without Angels I wouldn't have a career... There are certain songs that define an artist and I think Angels is definitely what you think about when you think of Robbie Williams."
Angels reached No.4 in the UK charts in 1997, but also made further appearances at numbers 57 and 75 in 1999 and 71 in January 2000. It also featured in the Top 20 of music charts throughout Europe.