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I Will Remember You (Sarah McLachlan song)

"I Will Remember You" is a song written by Sarah McLachlan, Séamus Egan and Dave Merenda. The original inspiration came from Seamus Egan's instrumental song, "Weep Not for the Memories", which appeared on his album A Week in January (1990). McLachlan and Merenda added lyrics and modified the melody for her version. The song first appeared on the soundtrack for the movie The Brothers McMullen in 1995 and was released the same year, when it peaked at number 65 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 10 in Canada. It was also featured on McLachlan's 1996 remix album, Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff. The Rarities version of the song has three verses, the first of which is omitted during live performances, as heard on her 1999 album Mirrorball.

"I Will Remember You"
I will remember you 1999 sarah mclachlan live.jpg
1999 U.S. live commercial re-release
Single by Sarah McLachlan
from the album The Brothers McMullen soundtrack
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Sarah McLachlan, Séamus Egan, Dave Merenda
Producer(s)Pierre Marchand
Sarah McLachlan singles chronology
"Good Enough"
"I Will Remember You"
"Full of Grace"


"I Will Remember You (live)"

"Ice Cream (live)"

In 1999 McLachlan released the live version of the song from Mirrorball; this release peaked at number 14 in the United States on July 20, 1999, and number 10 in Canada on July 26, topping the country's adult contemporary chart on August 16 and August 23. The live version went Gold in the United States and earned McLachlan her second Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 2000 (after winning for "Building a Mystery" in 1998 and being nominated for "Adia" in 1999).[1] McLachlan performed the song during an "in memoriam" slide show at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards, held on September 20, 2009.



On the week ending January 20, 1996, the original recording of the song peaked at number 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales chart[2] and number 65 on Hot 100 Singles chart.[3][4] The live rerecording of the song peaked number three at the Adult Top 40 chart in July and August 1999 and also number three at the Adult Contemporary chart in August and September 1999.[5][6][7][8] On the week ending July 31, 1999, it peaked at number fourteen on the Hot 100 chart and number seven at the Hot 100 Airplay chart.[9]

The song has sold more than two million copies worldwide as of February 2000.[10]

A Billboard reviewer Brett Atwood praised the original release as "solemn ballad."[11]



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


This song was covered by Kenny Rogers on his 1999 album, She Rides Wild Horses.

Séamus Egan's band Solas included a version of the song on their 2000 album The Hour Before Dawn.

Andy Bernard sings an acoustic version of the song on the ninth-season episode of The Office entitled "Livin' the Dream".

This song opened the series finale of Melrose Place "Ashes to Ashes" in 1999.


  1. ^ Billboard (May 13, 2000)
  2. ^ Hot 100 Single Sales, p. 85. Billboard, January 20, 1996.
  3. ^ "Hot 100 Singles, p. 86. Billboard, January 20, 1996.
  4. ^ "Hello Dolly: Welcome to the Chart" by Fred Bronson, p. 128. Billboard, September 6, 1997.
  5. ^ Adult Top 40 (July 17, 1999). Billboard.
  6. ^ Billboard, p. 75. August 21, 1999.
  7. ^ Adult Contemporary, Billboard. p. 90. September 11, 1999.
  8. ^ Billboard, October 2, 1999.
  9. ^ Billboard. July 31, 1999. p. 98.
  10. ^ "Culture 2000 Budget Disappoints" by Emmanuel LeGrand. February 26, 2000. p. 54.
  11. ^ Atwood, Brett (August 26, 1995). "Single Reviews." Billboard, edited by Larry Flick.
  12. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. October 16, 1995. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  13. ^ "RPM 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. July 26, 1999. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 8542." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  15. ^ "Top RPM Adult Contemporary: Issue 8358." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  16. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Sarah McLachlan Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  20. ^ "RPM Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  21. ^ "RPM Top 100 Adult Contemporary Tracks of 1995". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  22. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Hit Tracks". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  23. ^ "RPM 1999 Top 100 Adult Contemporary". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved March 26, 2019.
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1999". Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2010-08-28.
  25. ^ "American single certifications – Sarah Mc Lachlan – I Will Remember You". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 26, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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