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)
Genre Progressive metal, speed metal
Length 15:59
Label Atlantic
Producer(s) Yoshiki
Certification Platinum (RIAJ)
X Japan singles chronology
"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. The same recording also appears on their live compilation album Live Live Live Tokyo Dome 1993-1996.

Commercial performance

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

Track listing

All songs written and composed 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. 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. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>