Nuclear Blast
Release date
18 Jan 2005
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dark Chest of Wonders 4:29 238,358
2 Wish I Had An Angel - Album Version 4:02 2,688
3 Nemo 4:33 413,401
4 Planet Hell 4:42 236,787
5 Creek Mary's Blood 8:30 133,002
6 Siren 4:45 37,677
7 Dead Gardens 4:26 160,410
8 Romanticide 4:57 160,566
9 Ghost Love Score 9:59 203,734
10 Kuolema tekee taiteilijan 3:35 149,166
11 Higher Than Hope 5:35 139,980

About this album

Once is the fifth studio album of Finnish quintet Nightwish, released June 7, 2004 by Nuclear Blast Records. Spinefarm Records also released a platinum edition of this album on November 24, 2004, containing the original tracks in addition to Live to Tell the Tale, White Night Fantasy and the video for Nemo by Antti Jokinen. The North American version of Once contains the video for Wish I Had an Angel instead.

During the first week of its release, Once entered the German, Finnish, Norwegian and Greek charts as number one, selling over 80,000 copies in Germany alone. It was also the first Nightwish album to chart in the U.S., reaching #42 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart. It was also the band’s first album to chart in UK, reaching #102. In May, Nemo was the first single to be released from this album, followed by Wish I Had an Angel in September, Kuolema tekee taiteilijan (only in Finland) in November and The Siren in July 2005. The total sales of the album have been over 1 million copies.

Once is the last of the Nightwish studio albums to feature vocals by Tarja Turunen.

The single Nemo topped the charts in Finland and Hungary, and reached the top ten in five additional countries. “Nemo” therefore remains their most successful single release to date.

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