How Do You Talk to an Angel

"How Do You Talk to an Angel"
Single by The Heights
from the album The Heights (Music from the Television Show)
Released September 5, 1992
Format CD single
Recorded January 20, 1992
Genre Pop rock
Length 3:50
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Steve Tyrell (composer), Barry Coffing (composer), Stephanie Tyrell (lyricist)
Certification Gold (RIAA)

"How Do You Talk to an Angel" is a song written by Steve Tyrell, Barry Coffing, and Stephanie Tyrell. It was the theme for the TV series The Heights. The single was released with Jamie Walters as lead singer, and it hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on November 14, 1992, but the series was canceled exactly one week after the song fell from its number one position.[1] Vocalists on the single included Cheryl Pollak, Charlotte Ross of NYPD Blue and Glee fame, as well as Zachary Throne from the Las Vegas rock band, Sin City Sinners.

In 1993, the song was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Music and Lyrics". The Emmy went to the song "Sorry I Asked" by Liza Minnelli.

No follow-up singles under The Heights name were ever released. Walters, the lead singer on the single and the lead actor on the show, later had a #15 Hot 100 hit with his single "Hold On" in 1994.[2] It was his only subsequent chart appearance.


Weekly charts

Weekly chart (1992-93) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[3] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 12
Canada Adult Contemporary Tracks (RPM)[5] 12
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[6] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 47
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[8] 60
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 8
US Billboard Hot 100 1
US Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 13
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 1

End of year charts

Year-end chart (1992) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[9] 59
Year-end chart (1993) Position
Australian (ARIA) chart[10] 24


Preceded by
"End of the Road" by Boyz II Men
Billboard Hot 100 number one single
November 14, 1992- November 21, 1992
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
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