49. Adia (Sarah McLachlan)

This track from the fascinating 1997 album Surfacing was the first big international hit for Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan (image credit), helped of course by her fame as the organizer of the hugely successful Lilith Fair concert tour at the time. The song, a US top ten hit, is a great ballad about a former partner who is now living in misery, beautifully sung and with simple but effective instrumentation. The chorus lines "We are born - innocent" are among the most haunting ever penned. It is one of those songs that I find more and more impressive with every new time I hear it.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: not applicable.


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