The song was the first to be released from My Private Nation in 2003 and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart that same year. The song features Greg Leisz on pedal steel guitar.
"Calling All Angels" was nominated for two Grammy Awards at the ceremony held in February 2004. In the category Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group, the song lost out to "Disorder in the House" by Bruce Springsteen and Warren Zevon; in the category Best Rock Song, the winner was "Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes. The song has also been prominent in pop culture appearing in several television shows including One Tree Hill and as the theme song in the intro for the short lived medical drama 3 lbs. Train also performed the song at the 2006 Pepsi Super Bowl Smash.
The song is an unofficial anthem of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team, and is played at Angel Stadium before every game while the video screen showed a montage of the team's history. In addition, the band performed the song live prior to the Home Run Derby of the 2010 All-Star Game, which was held at Angel Stadium.
The song was also briefly incorporated into Train's cover of "Joy to the World" for the 2012 holiday album A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World.
- "Calling All Angels"
- "Calling All Angels" (Video)
- Calling All Angels (Radio Version)
- Calling All Angels (Album Version)
The song received mixed reviews from rock critics, with Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly giving the song a B+ and calling it "an anthemic hymn to commitment...that builds steadily to a gloriously clanging climax." Matt Lee of the BBC was less impressed, describing the track as "pedestrian, the vocals soulless, even more so than" the band's biggest hit single, "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)".
|US Billboard Hot 100||19|
|US Billboard Mainstream Top 40||14|
|US Billboard Adult Top 40||1|
|US Billboard Adult Contemporary||1|
|US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks||20|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||45|