#14 – Sarah McLachlan – “Possession” – (1993)

Sarah McLachlan has one of the best voices I can think of. This song is proof of that. The opening verse is accompanied with little instrumentation and it has a really cool sound to it. Then there’s the chorus: “And I would be the one/to hold you down/kiss you so hard/I’ll take your breath away/and after I/wipe away the tears/just close your eyes dear.” My favorite part of the song is the weird effect her voice makes when she sings: “oh you speak to me in riddles and you speak to me in rhymes.” Her voice really is incomparable and I have a rule in my car that Sarah McLachlan never gets the channel changed on her. This song probably isn’t as famous as “I Will Remember You” but it’s just as good.

#1 – Barenaked Ladies feat. Sarah McLachlan – “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings” – (2004)

Why is this song the number one Christmas song? Listen to Sarah McLachlan’s voice. Listen to the ‘bare’ musical accompaniment. Just listen to the song. The Barenaked Ladies are an amazing band to begin with, but when you throw in the incomparable talent of someone like Sarah McLachlan… watch out. This is the only Christmas song (TSO not included) that I blare my radio whenever it comes on – to the point where the speakers scream in pain. There is just something magical about this song.

#179 – Sarah McLachlan – “I Will Remember You” – (1995/1999)

This song was originally released in 1995 on the soundtrack to The Brothers McMullen. A live version was recorded in 1999 and released on Mirrorball, only then becoming a top 20 hit. It solidified McLachlan as an amazing vocalist, along with her big hits from her 1997 album Surfacing: “Adia,” “Building a Mystery,” “Angel,” and “Sweet Surrender.”