Our Top 10 Sarah McLachlan Songs list looks back at the songs of one of the world’s most loved artists. Canadian born and raised, Sarah McLachlan stands as one of the biggest musical stars to come out of Canada. Sarah McLachlan released her first album in 1988 entitled Torch. From that point on she has released nine studio albums including Solace in 1991, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy in 1993, Surfacing in 1997, Afterglow in 2003, Wintersong in 2006, Laws Of Illusion in 2010, Shine On in 2014 and Wonderland in 2016.
Along the way Sarah McLachlan has earned a pair of Grammy Awards and four Juno Awards. She has developed a large following of loyal fans and has become an incredibly respected songwriter and musician. Her music is emotionally powerful and touching filled with substance. She has long been an advocate for female artists having founded the very successful Lilith Fair tours.
Our Top 10 Sarah McLachlan songs article present ten of our favorite Sarah McLachlan songs. There are so many more than ten, but we thought this would be a good place to start.
# 10 – In Your Shoes
We open up our top 10 Sarah McLachlan Songs list with the very uplifting song “In Your Shoes.” Sounding a bit Beatlesque, Sarah McLachlan released this great song in 2014 on the album Shine. We just can’t get enough of this one. It’s the perfect song to open up this list. Sarah sounds amazing on this one. Listen to her angelic backing vocal on the chorus. It will melt your butter instantly. She closes this one with such a tender moment.
# 9 – Wintersong
Continuing with our top 10 Sarah McLachlan Songs list we turn to the heartwarming song “Wintersong.” From the moment the songs starts, Sarah’s piano playing has already captured your heart, your mind and soul. She sings so effortlessly with such sheer beauty. Just Sarah and her piano and those beautiful lyrics and transcending melody. One of the most beautiful Christmas songs written in the past forty years. “Wintersong,” was the title track from her 2006 Christmas album Wintersong. It was an album full of Christmas classics with the exception of “Wintersong,” which was written by Sarah McLachlan.
# 8 – Fallen
At number eight on this Sarah McLachlan Songs list we present the gorgeous song “Fallen.” I am just sitting here being totally mesmerized by these incredible songs. Sarah McLachlan’s lead vocals are impeccable. They are so good, it’s easy to miss everything else that going on in the song. Listen to her harmonies with herself. They are like crying angles reaching out to help the lost, the hurt, the weak, The string lines wrap around your heart filling you body with emotion. Songs like “Fallen,” just stop you in your tracks as to how beautiful and brilliant these pieces are.
# 7 – The Path of Thorns (Terms)
“The Path Of Thorn(Terms),” is one of those lost gems that should have been a huge hit. Although it actually was her first hit single in Canada. It probably would have been bigger if she had been more well known around the world at the time. Still, it is one of the most loved songs in Sarah McLachlan’s catalog. Her loyal fans treasure this one. “The Path Of Thorn(Terms),” was released on the album Solace in 1991.
# 6 – Possession
Do you want to be hypnotized? Watch this video. I am at a loss for words on this one. It will completely bring you into Sarah’s world without escape. You will be completely possessed. Sounds dramatic. No, I don’t think so. Watch the video. The song “Possession,” was released on the album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. It was released as the first single from the album. The song hit number four on the Mainstream Rock track charts in the United States. It stands as one of her breakthrough moments in her career.
# 5 – Aida
As we merge into the second half of our top 10 Sarah McLachlan Songs list we turn to the glorious song “Aida.” There is something very old school about this one. The melody, the lyrics and the groove all sound timeless. In a catalog of beautiful songs, this is one of her most breathtaking recordings. “Aida,” was released on Sarah McLachlan’s 1997 album Surfacing. It was released as the third single from the album. The song hit number four on the Canadian music charts. The song also became Sarah McLachlan’s highest charting song of her career on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number three.
# 4 – Sweet Surrender
Besides having success on the modern rock and mainstream music charts, Sarah McLachlan had great chart success on the dance charts. And let me tell you, this is amazing music to dance too. There is not always a lot of substance in dance music and that’s okay. However, dancing to this whether its alone, on the floor, or just in your head, is an uplifting spiritual experience that one should never get enough of.
# 3 – Angel
Well, we all know this one. I just wish they would stop using it in all those pet adoption commercials that break your heart. This beautiful song has become a Sarah McLachlan standard. “Angel,” was released as the fourth single from Sarah McLachlan’s Surfacing album that was released in 1997. “Angel,” was the second song from the album to break the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10 peaking at number four. The song also hit number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.
# 2 – Building a Mystery
As we get closer to the number one spot on our top 10 Sarah McLachlan songs list, we present the great track from her Surfacing album entitled “Building A Mystery.” The single and album were both released in 1997.”Building A Mystery,” was the first single released from the album. The song went straight to number one on the Canadian music charts. The song “Building A Mystery,” also won Sarah McLachlan a Grammy Award in 1997 for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
# 1 – I Will Remember You
We present in the number one spot on our top 10 Sarah McLachlan songs list the wonderful song “I Will Remember You.” We first heard this one being played in the end credits of the Edward Burns 1995 motion picture The Brothers McMullen. At the time, it had not been released on any Sarah McLachlan album. Eventually, the song was released on Sarah McLachlan’s live album entitled Mirrorball. Sarah McLachlan’s performance of the song on the album earned her a Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The song was written by Sarah McLachlan, Séamus Egan and Dave Merenda.
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