Silence (Delerium song)

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"Silence"
Single by Delerium featuring Sarah McLachlan
from the album Karma
Released June 14, 1999
(See release history)
Format 12", CD
Genre Ambient, trance
Length 6:33 (Album Version)
3:47 (Airscape Remix Edit)
8:36 (Airscape Remix)
3:40 (DJ Tiesto Remix Radio Edit)
Label Nettwerk
Writer(s) Bill Leeb
Rhys Fulber
Sarah McLachlan
Producer(s) Delerium
Delerium chronology
"Duende"
(1997)
"Silence"
(1999)
"Heaven's Earth"
(2000)
Delerium singles chronology
"Truly"
(2004)
"Silence 2004"
(2004)
"Angelicus"
(2007)
Music sample

"Silence" is a song by Canadian electronic music group Delerium featuring Canadian singer and co-writer Sarah McLachlan. Over the years, it has been hailed as one of the greatest trance songs of all time, over a decade after its initial release.[1] The Tiesto remix of the song was voted by Mixmag readers as the tenth greatest dance record of all time.[2]

Song[edit]

The original album version and subsequent radio edit of the song had a much slower tempo than the more well-known remixes and was essentially structured like a pop song, with the characteristic synthetic instrumentation of the more melodic side of ambient music — though including darker overtones, such as the prominently featured Gregorian chant (Gloria in Excelsis Deo). This last element often invites comparison to popular ambient/new age/world music projects of the 1990s like Enigma and Deep Forest who routinely sample chants from various ethnicities worldwide, though in contrast such vocals featured on Karma were all original recordings.[3]

Although the original song did receive Canadian radio airplay in 1997, it was not released as a single until 1999, two years after the release of Karma, though it was only the Airscape Remix which received airplay at this time, rather than the more downtempo original version. The single prominently included remixes by DJ Tiësto, and Fade, which significantly boosted the song's proliferation through club play (particularly by influential DJs such as Paul Oakenfold) as evidenced by the single's positions on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts. It was on the soundtrack for the movie Brokedown Palace featuring Claire Danes and Kate Beckinsale.

As a consequence, the song was largely promoted as an uptempo vocal trance song, which then influenced the marketing of the next several Delerium singles as well. Unlike most of its successors, however, "Silence" also broke into the adult top 40 radio format due to the song's club success,[4] and through radio airplay the original version received mainstream awareness relatively greater than the remixes among club patrons.

Music video[edit]

The accompanying music video, directed by the directors collective Twobigeyes, was released in 2000 and was set to the Airscape remix. It has repeatedly been listed within the top 100 Ibiza anthems ever on online messageboards and, more recently, on MTV. The video was filmed on location in the United Kingdom ― mainly at Newgale Beach, Marloes Sands and "The Blue Lagoon" in Abereiddy, all in Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Re-releases[edit]

2004 saw a new release of the single as "Silence 2004", though no one song actually bears that title — the new single went to number one on the US dance chart and contained only remixes, both old and new. Of these, the new Above & Beyond remix is the most central, as the version included on the Best Of compilation released preceding the single. The other new remix was by Filterheadz; this version subsequently, in 2006, became popularly mislabelled as the nonexistent "Trentemøller 2006 Remix".

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Worldwide June 14, 1999 (1999-06-14)
Worldwide (Remixes) October 30, 2000 (2000-10-30)
Worldwide (Silence 2004) November 15, 2004 (2004-11-15)

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single 1999
  1. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix Edit by Fade)" - 4:18
  2. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" - 4:06
  3. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix by Fade)" - 11:12
US CD single 2000
  1. "Silence (Edit)" - 4:08
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:33
  3. "Silence (Airscape Remix)" - 8:37
  4. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix by Fade)" - 11:12
  5. "Aria" - 3.59
UK CD single 1 2000
  1. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" - 3:48
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:36
  3. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" - 4:06
UK CD single 2 2000
  1. "Silence (Airscape Remix) - 8:38
  2. "Silence (Original Fade Sanctuary Mix)" - 11:12
Benelux maxi single 2000
  1. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" - 3:46
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:29
  3. "Silence (Airscape Remix) - 8:37
  4. "Silence (Original Fade Sanctuary Mix)" - 11:12
  5. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" - 4:06
Benelux CD single 2000
  1. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix - Patrick Kicken Re-Edit)" - 5:11
  2. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix Edit)" - 4:24
German CD single 2000
  1. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix Edit)" - 3:58
  2. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" - 3:47
  3. "Silence (Album Version Edit)" - 4:04
  4. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:31
  5. "Silence (Airscape Remix) - 8:36
  6. "Silence (Original Fade Sanctuary Mix)" - 11:07
US maxi single 2004
  1. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Edit)" - 3:42
  2. "Silence (Filterheadz Remix)" - 7:27
  3. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Remix)" - 8:51
  4. "Silence (Fade's Sanctuary Mix Edit)" - 3:50
  5. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:33
  6. "Silence (Michael Woods Mix)" - 8:08
UK CD single 2004
  1. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Edit)" - 3:39
  2. "Silence (Filterheadz Remix)" - 7:33
  3. "Silence (Airscape Remix Edit)" - 3:39
  4. "Silence (Fade's Sanctuary Mix Edit)" - 3:51
  5. "Silence (Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:32
  6. "Silence (Michael Woods Mix)" - 8:05
European CD maxi 2009
  1. "Silence (Niels van Gogh vs. Thomas Gold Radio Edit)" - 3:29
  2. "Silence (Niels van Gogh vs. Thomas Gold Remix)" - 7:34
  3. "Silence (Lissat & Voltaxx Remix)" - 8:17
  4. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:29
  5. "Silence (Sanctuary Mix)" - 11:12
  6. "Silence (Acoustic Version)" - 5:06
US The Essential Silence Digital Download 2010
  1. "Silence (Album Version)" - 6:35
  2. "Silence (Fade's Sanctuary Remix Edit)" - 4:22
  3. "Silence (DJ Tiësto's In Search Of Sunrise Remix)" - 11:36
  4. "Silence (Airscape Remix) - 8:38
  5. "Silence (Michael Woods Mix)" - 7:13
  6. "Silence (Above & Beyond's 21st Century Remix)" - 8:51
  7. "Silence (Filterheadz Remix)" - 7:32
  8. "Silence (Lissat & Voltaxx Remix)" - 8:18
  9. "Silence (Niels van Gogh Vs. Thomas Gold Remix)" - 7:33
Digital release 2011
  1. "Silence (David Esse & Antoine Clamaran Remix)" - 8:45
  2. "Silence (David Esse & Antoine Clamaran Remix Edit)" - 4:15
Digital release 2012
  1. "Silence (W&W vs. Jonas Stenberg Remix)" - 5:28

Charts[edit]

Chart (1999-2000) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[5] 6
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 56
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 5
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 2
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 5
Germany (Media Control Charts)[9] 16
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 1
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[11] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[12] 17
Norway (VG-lista)[13] 15
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[14] 100
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company) 3
US Billboard Adult Top 40 25
US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 1[15]

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