Sarah McLachlan is a Canadian singer, songwriter, and musician who topped the charts with her emotionally packed singles. Her music has moved us and is featured in television ads promoting support for local animal shelters. She is a Juno and Grammy Award-winning artist who captured our hearts with more than 40 million albums sold throughout the world. Here are the 10 best songs of her career, ranked from worst to best.
10. “In Your Shoes”
“In Your Shoes” is a special song in Sarah’s repertoire. It came out in 2014 as a song in support of female empowerment. It was released as a single and also included in her “Shine On” album. The song was timely and it addressed a social issue that was close to the singer’s heart. E Online reports that this was the first album or single McLachlan had released in four years. Her absence on the music scene was notable but she came back in fine form as a relevant activist and promoter of peace and harmony.
9. “Sweet Surrender”
“Sweet Surrender” is a song that can be interpreted in many ways, but it resonates with a large segment of the population of Sarah McLachlan fans. It’s about giving yourself in totality, and that can mean in the spiritual sense, a romantic partner, or even to an ideal. It’s about reaching the point in your life when you’re charged with making a choice and going in the direction of surrender instead of fighting it. This song came out on Sarah’s “Surfacing” album. It reached its peak on Billboard charts in 1998 in the 10th spot.
“Possession” is a song that executes its intention well. It’s brilliantly written with simple words that convey the feelings most people have when they long to have something or someone in their lives. It’s highly relatable, making it one of the best-loved releases. Fans on Mouthshut point to the duality of the song because of its tremendous energy. The song draws you in, likely because it strikes a nerve, and also because it’s fast, flowing, and pulls you into its river of emotion.
7. ” Fallen”
“Fallen” came out in 2003 as a single and on the album “Afterglow.” It charted all over the world reaching number 41 in the USA and Australia, 50 in the UK and 32 in Ireland. It received a Grammy Award nomination in 2004. Although it was not her biggest success, it did reach international heights of popularity and recognition throughout the world as one of the best hits of the year for 2003 and 2004.
6. “Building A Mystery”
“Building a Mystery” gets our vote for the sixth-best song in Sarah McLachlan’s repertoire. The song charted in 1997 at an all-time high of number four. A book was also written about Sarah McLachlan titled “Building A Mystery,” in a biographical format that details the career of the artist with her ups and downs, and her involvement in Lilith Fair and the movement that ensued.
5. “Fumbling Towards Ecstasy”
This song came out in 1993. It’s been nearly 30 years since its release, and it remains one of the most popular songs of her career. It is the titular song to the album of the same name. It’s a long song with a playtime of 4 minutes and 51 seconds dedicated to releasing the inhibitions that keep the protagonist singing the song from experiencing the fullness of love with all of its emotions and the risks involved. The lyrics hit hard on the fears and feelings that often hold a person back and make them hesitant to surrender to feelings of love. The song resonated with a lot of her fans, and this is what made it so popular.
4. “World On Fire”
“World on Fire” became one of Sarah’s more popular songs with a video that was made to help others in need. It was a masterpiece that helped to raise money for helping nearly a dozen charities in different parts of the world. A total of $150,000 was raised to help others, which is one of the things we love about Sarah McLachlan.
“Adia” was released on the “Surfacing” album in 1997. The song charted with a peak of number 3, then dropping to number 6 in 1998. It was also a big hit peaking on Canadian charts at number four in 1998.
2. “I Will Remember You”
“I Will Remember You” is the second-best song ever performed by Sarah McLachlan. This tune went to the number two spot on Billboard music charts in 1999. It was a classic Sarah McLachlan song that was first released as a single in 1995, then appeared on the “Mirrorball” album.
The song “Angel” is also called “In The Arms of the Angels.” It was released in 1997 on the “Surfacing” album and came out as a single. This song went to the top of the music charts in 1999, landing in the number one spot. It is the only song in the history of her carer to do that well, according to Billboard. We think that this is evidence enough to suggest it is the best song Sarah McLachlan ever released. It is still popular as a promotion for animal welfare campaigns.