Adia (3:50)

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“Adia” is a song by Sarah McLachlan that originally appeared on her 1997 album Surfacing. It was co-written by McLachlan and her longtime producer, Pierre Marchand. The song allegedly reflected the apology to her best friend for becoming involved with, and later marrying, her friend’s ex-boyfriend. On VH1 Storytellers, McLachlan also said “I’m not quite sure how to explain this one but, uh, I guess more than anything it’s about my problems in dealing with feeling responsible for everyone else” about this song.

“Adia” was McLachlan’s first top 5 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaked at number three. Though it’s only remained at the position for one week, the song did spent six consecutive weeks at number four and seven consecutive weeks at number five, totalling twenty-three weeks at the top ten and forty-nine weeks at the chart, “Adia” was the twentieth most successful song of 1998 in the US.


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