It has been credited with saving the singer's floundering solo career, and is used to conclude almost all of his concerts. The song was the 38th best selling of 1997 in the UK, and the 26th of 1998. It was the 34th best selling single of the decade. Despite only reaching a peak of No. 4, it is Williams' biggest-selling UK single.
The video for "Angels" was directed by Vaughan Arnell, and filmed at Saunton Sands. It shows Williams walking around a beach, kicking a football and riding a motorbike with a woman whilst a helicopter flies around them from above.