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This article is about the song. For the girl's name, see Adia (name). For the genus, see Adia (genus). For the musician, see Adia (musician). For the sovereign wealth fund ADIA, see Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.
Single by Sarah McLachlan
from the album Surfacing
Released May 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)
Format CD, digital download
Recorded 1997
Genre Pop, adult contemporary
Length 4:05
Label Nettwerk (Canada)
Arista (US)
Writer(s) Pierre Marchand, Sarah McLachlan
Producer(s) Pierre Marchand
Certification 4x Platinum (RIAA)
Sarah McLachlan singles chronology
"Sweet Surrender"
Music sample

"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. On VH1 Storytellers, McLachlan also said about the song, "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".[1]

"Adia" was McLachlan's first top 5 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaked at number three. Though it only remained at the position for one week, the song did spend six consecutive weeks at number four and seven consecutive weeks at number five, totaling thirteen weeks at the top ten, "Adia" was the twentieth most successful song of 1998 in the US.


"Adia" was the third of four songs from Surfacing to be released as a single. It was her most successful US single, peaking at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. The single, released July 7, 1998, contains four tracks: the radio mix of "Adia", the Surfacing mix of "Angel", the original studio version of "I Will Remember You" (as opposed to the live version included on the Mirrorball album, also released as a single), and a live version of "Building a Mystery".[2] McLachlan was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1999 for "Adia", losing to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On".[3]

A live version of "Adia" appears on the Mirrorball album.

Cover versions[edit]

"Adia" has been covered by Avril Lavigne on the Control Room – Live EP. She said she used to cover it when she was 15. In 1999, saxophonist Richard Elliot covered the song from the release Chill Factor.[4][5]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Adia" – 4:03
  2. "Adia" (remix) – 4:01
  3. "Angel" – 4:30
  4. "I Will Remember You" – 4:22



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