Angel Eyes (Love and Theft Song)
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Angel Eyes Love and Theft Song
"Angel Eyes"
Single by Love and Theft
from the album Love and Theft
ReleasedNovember 14, 2011 (2011-11-14)
FormatDigital download
LabelRCA Nashville
Josh Leo[1]
Love and Theft singles chronology
"Dancing in Circles"
"Angel Eyes"
"Runnin' Out of Air"
Music video
"Angel Eyes" on YouTube

"Angel Eyes" is a song recorded by American country music duo Love and Theft. Eric Gunderson, one-half of the duo, co-wrote it with Jeff Coplan and Eric Paslay. The song was released in November 2011 as the band's first single without group member Brian Bandas, and the first from their self-titled album. It also became their second Top 10 single and first number one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


The song is about a rebellious female lover who is described as having "a little bit of devil in her angel eyes". Paslay told Taste of Country that the song's title came out in conversation, and that he "just wanted to make sure it didn't sound too serious on that song." "It's a fun song," Paslay said. "I'm glad that they recorded it and that it's out there."[2]

Critical reception

Taste of Country writer Billy Dukes gave the song three stars out of five, saying that its story has "been told thousand of times before" but that it is "still really difficult to resist".[3] Bobby Peacock of Roughstock rated it four stars out of five, saying that its sound was "fresh and interesting."[4]

Music video

Directed by Chris Hicky, the video features the duo falling for two different girls: Eric picks up a brunette-haired woman wearing a leather jacket and a pair of jeans (who carries a flask with her) at a stable on his motorcycle. Stephen picks up a blonde-haired woman wearing a white long coat and scarf with a skirt at her house in his Ford Mustang. They both reach a late-night outdoor party where they meet their friends and hang out by drinking beer and dancing near the campfire. The video ends with the duo taking their respective dates to the same church and revealing that the women are possibly sisters as well as Preacher's daughters. The girls are played by Chicago-based model and musician, Erin Gipson.

Chart performance

On the week of August 25, 2012, "Angel Eyes" became Love and Theft's first number-one single.

Chart (2011-12) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 68
US Billboard Hot 100[6] 32
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 1

Year-end charts

Chart (2012) Position
US Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 21


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[9] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "Love and Theft To Release Their Self-Titled RCA Records Debut On June 5". RCA Records. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Conaway, Alanna (1 December 2011). "Love and Theft, 'Angel Eyes' - Lyrics Uncovered". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ Dukes, Billy (24 October 2011). "Love and Theft, 'Angel Eyes' - Song Review". Taste of Country. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ Peacock, Bobby (2 January 2012). "Single Review: Love and Theft - Angel Eyes". Roughstock. Archived from the original on 29 May 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "Love and Theft Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Love and Theft Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Love and Theft Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  8. ^ "Best of 2012: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "American single certifications - Love and Theft - Angel Eyes". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.

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