Dahlia (song)

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Single by X Japan
from the album Dahlia
Released February 26, 1996
Format 8cm CD
Recorded One on One Recording, Hit Factory (track 1), December 30, 1993 at Tokyo Dome (track 2)
Length 15:59
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Yoshiki
Producer(s) Yoshiki
X Japan singles chronology
"Forever Love"
"Forever Love"

"Dahlia" is the thirteenth single by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, released on February 26, 1996.


"Dahlia" went on to become the title track of the band's 1996 album and one of Yoshiki's last compositions in his signature blend of speed and symphonic metal. The song's title, "Dahlia", appears in the lyrics as an acronym during a voice over, which says "destiny, alive, heaven, love, innocence, always, destroy, aftermath, hell, life, infinite".

The single was released with two different covers. The B-side is a live version of "Tears", recorded on December 30, 1993 at the Tokyo Dome.[1] The same recording also appears on their live compilation album Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996.

Commercial performance[edit]

The single reached number 1 on the Oricon charts, and charted for 8 weeks.[2][3] In 1996, with 412,810 copies sold was the 72nd best-selling single of the year, being certified Platinum by RIAJ.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Yoshiki, except track 2 lyrics by Hitomi Shiratori and Yoshiki.

No. Title Length
1. "Dahlia" 7:59
2. "Tears ('93 Tokyo Dome Live Version)" 8:00


  • Co-Producer – X Japan
  • Orchestra arranged by – Yoshiki, Dick Marx, Shelly Berg
  • Scored by – Tom Halm
  • Orchestra – American Symphony Orchestra
  • Mixed by – Yuji Sugiyama
  • Assistant engineers – Tal Miller, Brad Haehnel, Takaoki Saitoh, Cappy Japngie
  • Recorded by – Rich Breen, Mike Ging
  • Mastered by – Stephen Marcussen (Precision Studio)


  1. ^ "Dahlia". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2017-05-16. 
  2. ^ X JAPANのシングル売り上げランキング. oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved December 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Oricon Weekly Single Chart for the second week of March 1996". oricon.co.jp (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on 2012-09-07. Retrieved April 29, 2012. 
  4. ^ "月次認定作品 認定年月:1996年 3月" (in Japanese). RIAJ. Retrieved 2017-05-11.