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Single by Natalie Imbruglia
from the album ''Left of the Middle''

"Sometimes" "Frightened Child" "Contradictions"

"Diving in the Deep End"
Released October 27, 1997 (1997-10-27) (Australia, UK) February 3, 1998 (U.S.)
Format CD single
Genre Pop rock, acoustic
Length 4:06 (Album version)
Label RCA

Scott Cutler, Anne Preven and

Phil Thornalley
Producer Phil Thornalley
Certification Platinum ARIA • Platinum BPI
Natalie Imbruglia singles chronology


"Big Mistake"


"Torn" is a song covered by Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia from her debut album Left of the Middle. Imbruglia get for track a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, losing to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On".

Music video

The music video, directed by Alison Maclean shows Natalie Imbruglia singing along with the song are interspersed with footage of her and Jeremy Sheffield engaging in a romantically conversation. These couple of scenes turn out to be B-roll footage. During the last chorus, the apartment walls start wobbling and the crew comes to dismantle it. Natalie Imbruglia begins to dance during the finishing guitar solo as her "world" crumbles around her.

The video of the song was rated the second best video of all time by MTV Italy.

Chart performance (Sale)

The physical single of Imbruglia's version of the song has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, including more than 1 million copies in the UK alone. In the UK, it is the 85th biggest selling single of all time. The track peaked at #2 for three weeks, being held off the top spot by Aqua's "Barbie Girl" and then dropped to #4. As a result, the song is the second biggest-selling single in history not to have topped the UK Singles Chart. On September 24, 2007, Natalie Imbruglia's version of the song re-entered the UK Singles Chart at #70, on the strength of digital sales after her greatest hits album was released. In the Flanders region of Belgium, the single peaked at a number one for 7 weeks and charted for 22 weeks.

As of 2011, "Torn" holds the record for most played song on Australian radio since 1990, played more than 300,500 times since its 1998 release.

In the United States, the song peaked at #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for 11 consecutive weeks.

In 2003, "Torn" was declared the No. 1 Best Pop Song on a top 10 list, part of a larger collection of songs by Q magazine in their special edition 1001 Best Songs Ever. Billboard ranked "Torn" the No. 26 Best Pop Song based only on pop radio charts compiled between 1992–2012.

Charts and certifications


Chart (1998) Peak


Australia (ARIA) 2
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 1
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 5
Canada (RPM)
Denmark (IFPI) 1
European Hot 100
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 8
France (SNEP) 4
Germany (Media Control AG) 4
Ireland (IRMA)
Italy (FIMI)
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 5
Norway (VG-lista) 6
Spain (AFYVE)
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 2
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 2
US Billboard Adult Contemporary 4
US Billboard Adult Top 40 1
US Billboard Hot 100 42
US Billboard Mainstream Top 40 1
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 12


Region Certification Sales/Shipments
Australia (ARIA) Platinum 70,000
Belgium (BEA) Platinum 50,000
France (SNEP)
Germany (BVMI) Germany 250,000
Sweden (GLF)
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland) Gold 25,000
United Kingdom (BPI) Platinum 1,110,000

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